UltraTech Cement Ltd, an Aditya Birla Group Company, announced the winners of ‘IndiaNext 2017-18 – Building for a Billion’ on May 15, 2018. This is an annual initiative that brings alive the company’s endeavour to present the best concepts and designs to fulfil every Indian’s dream of owning a worthy home.
Speaking on the occasion, K K Maheshwari, Managing Director – UltraTech Cement Ltd says “At UltraTech Cement, our endeavour is to build solutions for the ever-evolving infrastructure challenges that our country faces. We believe that every Indian should have a home of their dream. ‘Building for A Billion’ – an engineering and design competition launched under the aegis of UltraTech’s IndiaNext initiative is a testimony to this belief. In keeping with this vision, we developed the idea of IndiaNext to bring together the best and brightest minds in the world to collaborate and devise solutions. Going by the number and quality of entries, the competition seems to have energized the engineers and architects worldwide. This year’s theme is driven by our insight that housing is and shall remain one of the biggest challenges that modern society faces – rural or urban. We look forward to the winning ideas as an opportunity to fulfil every Indian’s dream of owning a home. And since the competition is judged by an eminent jury from within the architectural and engineering fraternity, we can be assured that the winning ideas are indeed path-breaking.”
IndiaNext aims to help revitalise the ecosystem by bringing the best ideas, suitable for India, and mobilise the wealth of world-class experts including practising engineers and architects. The theme for the year 2018 is Building for a Billion, the endeavour is to meet not only the needs but also aspirations of consumers in the emerging affordable housing segment in India. The competition, inspired by The Government of India’s ambitious Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY), invited entries under two distinct categories – Housing for the urban poor and Housing for the rural poor.
Following a successful first edition, IndiaNext attracted over 4,250 registrations from architects and engineers globally this year. In the second stage, an eminent jury led by award-winning architect
B V Doshi and engineer Mahendra Raj judged the entries. The panel also had luminaries like Prof. AGK Menon- Academician Architect Urban Planner Conservation Consultant, Sheila Sri Prakash – Founder and Chief Architect, Shilpa Architects, G. H. Basavaraj – Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer (IIT-Bombay) & CMD Chetana Consultants, Ph. D (Structural Engg.) M. Tech. (Marine) B. E. (Civil), and Hirante Welandawe – Head and Chief Architect, HW Architects Academician. The panel shortlisted the entries and zeroed it on the 10 best.
The National 1st Prize Winner was FHD Consultants Private Limited – Pradeep G. Kedlaya (Engineer), Nagesh Battula (Architect) and Dhurgai Kumaran (Architect). They presented their ideas on The Bottom-Up Approach
- The National 2nd Prize Winner was Sameep Padora & Associates – Rajeev Shah (Engineer), Sameep Padora (Architect) whose project was based on the theme of Match The Following
- Dinesh K. S., Architect Eisha Nagpal and Architect Syed Sarmad from Engaging Spaces
- Kailash Solanki, Architect Puneet Dua, Architect Rameez Raza from MA Architects
- Sonali Phadnis, Engineer Dr Arndt Goldack, Architect Yashoda Joshi, Architect Dr Anupama Kundoo from Anupama Kundoo Architects
- Sameer Sawant and Architect Rohan Chavan from R C Architects Pvt Ltd
- Vasant K, Architect Revathi Sekhar Kamath from Kamath Design Studio
On the academic front, the National 1st prize was awarded to Indubhai Parekh School of Architecture’s – Mansi Pitroda and Jaya Hariyani. Their presentation was on Opening up Spaces. Alongside the jury, commendation was accorded to:
- Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, Hosur, Tamil Nadu – Kamaal Basha, Maddhumitha, Akshaya and Leander
- Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi – Arshmah, Devansh Chauhan, Farheen, Masroor, Fatima, Shahrukh and Ashar Khan
The keynote speaker for the evening was Hong Kong-based architect and founder of the international award-winning design practice EDGE, Gary Chang. Chang held forth on the topic – Smaller space needs bigger thinking. Alejandro Soffia – Architect and Academician, guest speaker, spoke on Value Housing. The evening was also marked by an engaging panel discussion that brought the best minds together to express their view on the topic of ‘Housing for a Billion – Strategic Solutions and Possibilities’. The panel moderated by Prof. AGK Menon – Academician, Architect, Urban Planner and Conservation Consultant, comprised of Rajesh Krishnan – CEO at BrickEagle, Girish Dravid – Director at Sterling Engineering Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd, Sheila Sri Prakash – Founder and Chief Architect, Shilpa Architects, Gary Chang and Alejandro Soffia.