Ever heard of the Oscars for the world of design, architecture and building? Of course you have, because last year we completed 10 glorious years of our Construction World Architecture and Builder (CWAB) Awards! This year was our 11th year where we felicitated the top architects and builders from all over the country! Held at The Four Seasons, Mumbai on 11th August, 2016, the event stepped into it’s second decade of rewarding the design connoisseurs. If you’ve missed it, fret not, we’ve got you covered. Read on for a full account of the event in all its glory!
The VIP Room
This is where it all began – exclusive interviews with India’s top architects and builders, reflection and discussions on the economy’s impact on the design industry, competition within the industry, the vision and growth of India in terms of design, and of course, cocktails to support these illuminating discussions. With a strikingly glamorous setup with a backdrop of the event poster, sponsors, media partners, etc, the paparazzi went into a frenzy of photo ops as the who’s who walked in. Limiting the VIP Room entry to Winners and sponsors, maintained the integrity and significance of every topic that was discussed and gave members of the fraternity an intimate setting to network. However, to keep everyone else involved, the live footage of each interview was showcased at the venue simultaneously...
Lighting Our Evening Up
The evening kicked off with the ceremonious lighting of the lamp and with Pratap Padode, Managing Director of ASAPP Info Global Services Pvt. Ltd., giving a warm address to the 250 odd audience size. Adding further intellect and thought provoking ideas to the mix was Keynote Speaker Dr. Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment. She delivered an enthralling address with thought provoking ideas, giving the architects and builders a lot of food for thought.
Dr Narain shared, “More than 70 per cent buildings that will stand in India in 2030 are yet to be built. The question is if we will get them right?” She further added that Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC)-compliant buildings are expected to use 40-60 per cent less energy than conventional buildings; but there is minimal supervision. To an issue as grave as this one, she recommends, “The rating systems must get government patronage and incentives. For this, we need transparency, accountability, stringent compliance and monitoring along with penalty. We need to ensure that not just design but working of building is also energy-resource efficient. We need to minimise to maximise, and use renewable energy for minimised energy demand. We need to define smart cities as liveable and equitable cities.”
Welcome To Design Paradise
Group Managing Editor, ASAPP Info Global, Falguni Padode, addressed the audience and gave them a brief history of CWAB and an introduction to a completely new segment introduced this year—Noteworthy Projects! She took everyone through the process of selection and explained its significance to the community.