10th GRIHA summit to focus on green, liveable housing
Fostering robust partnerships and seeking a collective and collaborative approach towards green, accessible, functional and liveable housing will be what experts from GRIHA Council and UNSW Sydney’s School of Built Environment will focus on at the 10th Griha summit being held here from December 10-12.
Ahead of the summit, for which GRIHA Council has for the first time partnered with a foreign institution – the University of New South Wales, Sydney – , a curtain raiser was held at the UNSW India Centre, attended by Professor Helen Lochhead, Dean, UNSW School of Built Environment and Sanjay Seth, Senior Director – Sustainable Habitat Programme, The TERI and Chief Executive Officer, GRIHA Council and representatives from business and industry, NGOs, the UN Human Settlements Programme and think tanks.
Eminent Indian architect, Professor B.V. Doshi, who is the first Indian to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Award, will be felicitated during the summit including a video interview with him and UNSW’s Pritzker prize winner Professor Glenn Murcutt. Professor Doshi is also expected to address one of the plenary sessions of the two-day session from December 11 and 12, Sanjay Seth announced at an the interactive session.
Seth said the partnership with UNSW is the “first time that GRIHA is being co-created with international partnership”. “It is a coming together of two institutes of repute, and both will be deliberating on issues critical in the developmental agenda of the government of India.”
“Much of the habitat has to be put in place, and the next decade will see much more happening,” he said, adding that the partnership would be very important in the pursuit of excellence in the setting up of the development agenda.
Professor Helen Lochhead, Dean School of Built Environment at UNSW and President of the Australian Architect’s Association said UNSW was happy to be collaborating with GRIHA. She termed it a partnership that would see both sides collaborating in education and research and that GRIHA was just the start of a long-term and collaborative association.