The wealth of architecture in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is a perfect blend of diverse cultures of all the three regions – Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh. There is need to follow the Japan model of using innovative materials that are light in weight but high on strength as the region was vulnerable for being in high seismic activity zone.
This is what Parvez Ahmed, Chairman & CEO, J&K Bank stated in his address as chief guest of the Valedictory function of the three-day “International Conference on Theory of Architectural Design – Global Practices and Local Milieu” organized by Department of Architecture and Landscape Design (DoALD), Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU).
The chairman urged upon the budding architects to focus on energy efficiency and minimising the environmental impact during and post construction of buildings which shall take care of the sustainability of the planet in the longer run. He suggested for promotion of local manpower and architectural features as per the availability of material keeping in view the ecological and heritage of different regions of J&K State.
Stressing upon the challenge of use of land which was becoming scarce in urban areas due to rise in population and migration to cities Ahmed suggested for a paradigm shift in the urban planning by way going vertical with new materials and adoption of global practices with local adaptations.