The 8th edition of the Talk of Town series was successfully completed at Crowne Plaza, Okhla, New Delhi on 16 March 2019. Various eminent architects, designers and industry experts from the city attended the event and shared their valuable thoughts, ideas and experiences.
The Talk of Town is a vibrant platform aimed to connect, engage and expand the circle of architects, artists, and designers in order to facilitate learning, sharing and networking among the industry’s who’s who and the aspiring ones. The prominent event covers several key topics related to Architecture & Design in the form of panel discussions, presentations, mini-talks & more.
The engaging event started with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp by Ms Madhurima Chowdhury, Curator, The Talk of Town, Ar Vivek Gupta from AVA Associates, Ar Sabeena Khanna from Studio KIA, Manishi Aggarwal from Design Cosmos, Mr Kuldeep Singh from JSL Lifestyle and Ar Vistasp Bhagwagar from AVA Design Studio.
The lamp lighting was followed by a welcome note by Ms Vertica Dvivedi, founder of WADe Asia and Editor-In-Chief of Surfaces Reporter Magazine. It was inspiring to hear from her the story behind the inception of The Talk of Town, why and how the meticulous journey began. She shared, “WADe is a big event where we saw a lot of participation from India and across the country but still we were not satisfied. And, we felt a sort of gap because even with that kind of mega event, we felt that going to the cities & towns, and talking to the people there, gathering and discussing is equally important. That's where we thought of creating The Talk of Town.
Giving an enthusiastic start to the day, the first panel discussion threw light on the 'not-so-discussed' topic 'Plagiarism in Design,' where the distinguished architects shared their experiences and also provided solutions for curbing the practice. The session was expertly moderated by Ms Tanya Khanna, founder of Epistle Communications. It was an interactive, interesting and enriching panel discussion, bringing to light the immensely important issue related to design.
Ar Vivek Gupta said, “I don't think the process of being original will ever seize." Ar Sabeena Khanna, Studio KIA, also gave her profound view on the topic, “I still believe in the pencil-paper tool, which gives shape to the first thought of expression.”
“Using special materials and being innovative is the only way out from plagiarism,” suggested Mr Kuldeep Singh from JSL Lifestyle. During the Q & A session, Mr Ashok Goyal, one of the delegates also shared his view on 'Plagiarism in Design- what's the thin line of difference between inspiration and copy.'
Soon after the panel discussion, it was refreshing to hear Mr Vikas Jha from JSL lifestyle. His views on the benefits of using stainless steel in building provided a lot of insight to the architects and designers present at the event.
Taking the knowledge sessions further, Ar Dikshu C. Kukreja, Gold Medalist from School of Planning and Architecture and a Member of American Society for Regional Planning, US spoke on 'Architecture Theory and Praxis - Urban Responses.' He advised to the entire architecture fraternity, “Architecture is a fulfilling profession. We should look at half glass full and fill the rest and then we can make a meaningful contribution.”
Thereafter, Mr Makarand Kendre from RENSON gave an outstanding presentation on the need of improving the indoor climate for better health and how their product can help everyone achieve that.
The event also provided an opportunity for young, as well as seasoned speakers like Ar Rajendra Kumar, Ar Monish Siripurapu, Ar Shweta Kaw & Ar Manjari Khanna to present their ideas & innovations through crisp mini-talks on varied topics.
Ar Rajendra Kumar provided valuable insight into what needs to be done for achieving the required transformation in the paradoxical smart cities and the adjacent dump cities in India. And, in a talk later, Ar. Monish Siripurapu talked about the consequences of global warming the world is facing today and how a Natural Cooling System can help to overcome it. Ar Shweta Kaw (Meraki) talked about the 'Strength of Passive Design' and Ar Manjari Khanna (MSA+ABSI) shared her thoughts on a novel concept- 'Building Security.'
After a delicious lunch break that led to candid moments and important discussions among friends and associates, the second-panel discussion began. The panellists - Ar Sonali Bhagwati (DPA), Ar Radhika Dhumal (The Architectural Studio), Olga Chepelianskaia (UNICITI), Ar Gurpreet Singh Shah (Creative Group) and Ar Swanzal Kak Kapoor (SAKA) engaged in a thoughtful discussion on the topic 'The Urban City - Experts talk about City Architecture, Public Domain, Urban Development, Ecology and more.' The panel discussion gained lot of momentum and enthusiasm with intuitive and thought-provoking questions put up by the young and dynamic moderator- Ar Mitu Mathur (Gian P Mathur & Associates).
“Good things can happen in our country, provided we understand how to do it, change can be brought, we need to have the right mechanism,” - an important insight shared by Ar Gurpreet Shah.
Soon after started the presentation by Ar Akshat Bhat, Principal architect, Architecture Discipline, on ‘Future Practice’. “The moment you do something that people around are good at, then they want to retain it, nurture it,” shared Ar Akshat Bhatt.
The third and the last panel discussion began in the presence of prominent panellists- Ms Payal Kapoor (Vision), Ar Abhigyan Neogi (Chromed Design Studio), Mr Mandeep Singh (CEO, JSL Lifestyle), Ms Vertica Dvivedi (Editor, Surfaces Reporter), Ar Chandrika Sahay (Meraki Dezine) and Ms Asha Sairam (Studio Lotus), in a rich discussion on the topic “Decoding the Design Trends for 2019 - The India Perspective.” Ms Anchal Chaudhary from (rat [LAB]) ably moderated the session.
The event concluded with unique perspectives shared by Ms Vertica Dvivedi on the Design Trends for 2019. As she said, we are looking to forward to having more 'geometric shapes', 'care', 'animal prints', and 'cultural relevance' in designs this year!
With the successful closing of this event, the Surfaces Reporter’s Talk of Town has added a yet another cap on its feather. Surfaces Reporter magazine will cover elaborate articulation of the discussions and mini-talks in its upcoming edition. The next event in the Talk of Town series will take place in Lucknow on 6th April, followed by Ahmedabad on 27th April and so on.
Please click here to view all the images of 'The Talk of Town' event by Surfaces Reporter in Delhi on 16 March 2019.