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The Ontology of Interiors 2012 – Quest for a new Paradigm


It was a deconstructive dialogue into the relationships between the three E’s -

  • The Envelope (Outer Skin),
  • The Experiential Space (Interiors) and
  • The Existence (How we and our being gets shaped by our environment and vice-versa)

 

The Panelists were:

 

  • The Chair of the Program/  Interior Designer – Ms. Lipika Sud- President , The Guild of Designers and Artists
  • The Interior Designer/Architect - Ms. Sonali Bhagwati - President, Designplus Architecture Pvt. Ltd.
  • The Developer - Dr. Pramod K. Magu – President, Architecture & Planning-  Unitech Limited
  • The Architect -  Mr. Goonmeet Chauhan - Director, Design Forum International
  • The  Consumer - Ms. Ashita Mittal – Value Stream Manager, Nestle India

 


In its efforts of creating a platform for individuals The GDA in association with The India Home Congress organized a Panel Discussion on 4th of October 2012 a at Hotel Claridges, Surajkund ,NCR.

 

Are the Developers only creating structures? Is there synergy between the Developers, the Architects and the Interior Designers ?  Are the Consumer needs being fulfilled? Are we thinking “inside out”?

 

To understand the ground reality of the developers a Panel Discussion on the issues relating to “gaps” that are there between the Developer ,the Interior Designer, the Architect and the Consumer was brought forward to the masses of design fraternity and explore the various aspects which could be worked upon entitling the end user to be satisfied for the every penny they invest in such projects or their dreams.

 

Today’s consumer is aware, well-travelled and discerning of a good lifestyle.

 
The panel discussion began with Mr. Goonmeet Chauhan introducing the topic and the elaboration on the three E’s & their correlation which gave rise to the question that whether the need to understand the inner space (consumer’s needs) be first understood before Interiors, Building (Outer skin) is developed and whether ‘FORM’ is following ‘FAR as opposed to ‘DESIGN’ following ‘EXPERIENCE’. Ms. Sonali Bhagwati laid emphasis on the interior aspect to be understood and whether the consumer is being given justice when a flat is purchased. Someof the other points that were discussed were:

 

  1. Since all the random development happening, is it the consumer who is bearing the brunt of it all? How do we safeguard the interest of the consumer?
  2. Do the developers consider the various demands of the consumers need with respect to the interior design, and other basic necessities?
  3. Do the Architects & Interior Designers enforced to manipulate their designs due to budget constraints by the developers.
  4. Delay in the projects , have become a strategy by the developers or are these delay genuine ?

 

The clarification of the marketing agencies, if they are well versed with the project and the architects and designers involved. Dr. Magu confirmed that the marketing agencies are not merely publicizing but are well in sync with the projects. The importance of having a collaborative culture of the architects and designers and other related people involved in the projects came across which the panelists had the opinion of the necessity of having this collaborative culture which will hence bring about a positive and needful outcome in a project.

At the end of it all as the process of a project is happening on a random basis the consumer is the one suffering. To this Ar. Goonmeet Chauhan suggested having the ‘Index of Goodness’ implemented for the sake of transparency for the consumer. The ‘Index of Goodness’ would mean having certain set parameters and standards for builders and architects to follow while selling a property. These standards would also be known to the consumer that would help them to make wise decisions while investing their hard-earned money in a property. Dr. Magu agreed to facilitate and lead the ‘Index of Goodness’ forward in its implementation as he is one of the leading developer and architect of the country and to make it mandatory for people to follow and adhere to it.

 

The architect need to constantly upgrade themselves with technology and be in a constant dialogue with the developer and interior designer at different levels of the project so that the customer is benefited and not penalized for delays that happens because of the disconnect.

 

Contractors cannot be overlooked. We have a poor vendor base in the country which needs to be upgraded. Contractors need to be in tandem with architects and interior designers top be able to generate shop drawings and documentation.

The event was attended by a spectacular audience, professionals like Ms. Meena Mani, Mr. Sanjib Chatterjee, Debashish Majumdar also gave their valuable inputs on the discussion.

 

The Panel Discussion was followed by India Home Awards 2012 and Then Cocktail /Dinner.

 

 

   


   


Panelists : L- R (Top-left photo):

  • The Architect - Mr. Goonmeet Chauhan ,Director, Design Forum International
  • The Consumer- Ms. Ashita Mittal , Value Stream Manager, Nestle India
  • The Chair of the Program/ Interior Designer - Ms. Lipika Sud- President , The Guild of Designers & Artists.
  • The Interior Designer/Architect - Ms. Sonali Bhagwati , President, Designplus Architecture Pvt. Ltd.
  • The Developer - Dr. Pramod K. Magu , President, Architecture & Planning- Unitech Limited

Ar. Meena Mani participating in the Question & Session of the Discussion


Ar. Debashish Majumdar putting forwards his views on the discussion



Giving away a token of appreciation to the Panelist: Ar. Goonmeet Chauhan Director, Design Forum International

Honouring Ms. Sonali Bhagwati, President, Designplus Architecture Pvt. Ltd.

Giving momento to Dr. Pramod Kr. Magu , President, Architecture & Planning-  Unitech Limited


Being honoured as the Chair of the Program /President- Guild of Designers & Artists by Ms. Ritu Marya, Editor –in Chief, Franchise India

Dance Performance at the program

Dance Performance at the program

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