INSDAG flags off design skills competition
HIGHLIGHTS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HOSPITAL ARCHITECTURE AND THE USE OF STEEL STRUCTURES AND FABRICATIONS TO BROADBASE THE SCOPE OF PLANNING & DESIGNING TO AVERT AMRI-LIKE DISASTERS IN THE FUTURE
Kolkata, December 15th 2011: Institute for Steel Design & Growth (INSDAG), a non-profit body established by the Ministry of Steel, Government of India, today flagged off the 12th National Competition for Students for the Best Innovative Use of Steel in Architecture (2010-11) at a function inaugurated by Brigadier Y S Sirohi, Additional Chief Engineer (Works), HQ, Eastern Command, Fort William, Kolkata, in the presence of eminent architects and other dignitaries.
The theme for this year is `Steel Intensive Martyr Memorial' in which architecture students from from 12 leading architecture colleges of India are participating.
“The tragic AMRI incident leading to loss of several lives has highlighted the significance of planning and designing hospital architecture in the country. Better architectural design structure can provide greater space for ambulation and natural ventilation and lighting that could save precious lives at times of crisis like the one is AMRI. The use of steel structures allow greater flexibility to architects to plan and design hospitals and other super structures,” said Mr Sushim Banerjee, Director General, INSDAG.
“Improper design leads to space constraints from which many problems arise. Use of castellated steel beams for using auxilliary services is an effective solution in providing free movement of air and gas,” Mr Banerjee said.
Rapid technological advancements, space constraints and need for multiple functionality have made the designing of steel-based structures like bridges, buildings, fabrications, industrial structures, housing complex etc., a challenging task. Engineers and architects have to design the best structures by combining technology, quality, aesthetics, functionality, ergonomics and ecology.
Leading architects of Kolkata, including Gopal Mitra who was a member of the World Trade Centre designing team in 1963, urged students to pursue career in professional structural designing in steel which is very promising. The competition challenges students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of architectural issues related to the use of steel in design and construction of martyr memorials that have an impact on the viewer.
“The objective is to appreciate the use of steel as medium of architectural expression in designing a martyr memorial in India factoring in parameters like aesthetics, durability and cost,” Mr Sushim Banerjee said.
The competition, now into its 12th Year, seeks to recognize and reward talented students of architecture in India. This year a total of 71 teams from East, West, North, South Zones of India submitted their Expression of Interest to participate in the Competition, out of which 12 teams have been selected for the final round. A total of 40 students are participating in the final round.
The presentations to be made in the final round will be judged by the central selection committee comprising of four zonal jury members who are all eminent professors from renowned engineering colleges of the country.
The top entries will receive prizes and certificates from INSDAG.