Review

Architects and ideas

May 22, 2015 |

The 2014-15 edition of the Artists in Concrete Awards Asia (AICA) Fest, an annual celebration of architecture and design in India, took place in Mumbai. The two-day event provided participants a glimpse of the global design scene, with noted speakers from around the world discussing novel and varied design ideas

 

The Artists in Concrete Awards Asia (AICA) Fest, an annual celebration that recognises impressive work done in the fields of Indian architecture, interior design and landscape design, took place in Mumbai this January.

The 2014-15 edition of the festival proved to be a powerhouse of knowledge representing an amalgam of emerging architectural and design practices in India with the who's who of Indian and world architectural societies participating in the event and gracing its esteemed jury panel. Architects from Singapore (Roberto Capaecci), Finland (Rainer Mahalamaki), Australia (John Wardle) and the UK (Edward Hollis), among others, were amongst the judges, with the panel being chaired by Juhani Pallasmaa, founder of Juhani Pallasmaa Architects in India.

The two-day event was packed with informative sessions. Capaecci spoke on “Working with Nature” while Helsinkibased Mahalamaki headed a session called “Architecture from the Nordic

Edge”. Wardle’s “Massive Surface” and Indian architect Sanjay Puri’s “Sculpted Spaces” were also extremely interesting and illuminating presentations. “The Memory Palace: Caves, Clouds, Cabinets and Other Stories of Lost Interiors” by Hollis, and “Caught in the Form of Limitation between Unbeing and Being” by Angelo Candalepas of Australia were also equally enlightening. Complementing these speakers were architects like Fernando Menis from Spain, Tony Fretton from the UK and Peter Stutchbury from Australia.  

The AICA sessions were concluded by none other than Juhani Pallasmaa, the Finnish architect and former professor of architecture who is world-renowned for his work, the meticulousness of which has earned him the title ‘jewel-box architect’.

As speakers from around the world discussed novel and varied design ideas, participants were given a glimpse of the contemporary global design scene. The event also included live presentations of

projects that were shortlisted for the Artists in Concrete Awards. A total of 154 projects were chosen from among 300 nominated ones.

The winners– Archetype Consultants India Pvt. Ltd., Beyond Green, Oscar & Ponni Architects, SBA Architects Designers, KNS Architects, Salient Design Studio, Edifi ce Consultants, Uneven Square, Madhav Joshi & Associates, Mahendra Chavan Associates, and DBTA International, among others– were felicitated on the fi nal day of the event. Sandeep Shikre and Associates received a Special Award for their Goda Park Project, with the Goda Park being a modern public recreational area on the banks of the Godavari River in Nashik.

The AICA event was conceptualised and executed by the Reify Artisans and Project in association with MCHI Credai, Thane. Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, was the event’s knowledge partner.

The AICA sessions were concluded by none other than Juhani Pallasmaa, the Finnish architect and former professor of architecture who is world-renowned for his work, the meticulousness of which has earned him the title ‘jewel-box architect’


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