17 April 2013 —The inaugural Ecobuild India, a sustainability exhibition and conference in the built environment, is under way at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.
The conference program includes Tackling Climate Change, What are the key challenges before the government in balancing environment and development, What is the future of water and Collaboration in the Area of Energy Poverty.
Headlining the conference program is Make Architects founder Ken Shuttleworth who spoke about The future of design and the Role of Architects-Designing buildings for the next century.
Mr Shuttleworth has been involved in a number of the world most innovative building projects including London’s iconic Gherkin. He launched Make in 2004.
He said his company had identified India “as a place we’d like to work around five years ago; the economy was continuing to grow – in stark comparison to the bulk of the UK and there is the convenience of a common language and regulations based on UK statute”.
“There are so many opportunities, not just in terms of projects to be won, but also lessons to learn, he said.
“We don’t want to impose our own methodology, we want to learn from India too, to combine our technological knowledge with Indian culture and design.”