Architecture and design have been a part of both science and the humanities since the age of man. They have not only reflected on the ingenuity of man through scientific advancements, but also worked as a reflection of human nature and its artistic inclinations. Great architecture not only provides us with durability and practicality, but its design philosophy allows us to express ourselves to the best extent possible.
However, even these ideas have their limits. As the world continues to see the dangerous impacts of climate change, humanity continues to grow and utilize resources at a rapid pace. This has led us to the point where we are running out of natural resources – our artificial resources have continued to put serious amounts of damage to the environment, and the sustainable resources are yet to be considered; let alone enter the mainstream. On the occassion of World Wood Day 2021, SURFACES REPORTER (SR) spoke to stalwarts like Dr. Benny Kuriakose, Principal Architect, Benny Kuriakose & Associates, Ar. Neelam Manjunath, Principal, Mansaram Architects and Dr. MP Singh, IFS. Dr. Benny Kuriakose is an academic, architect and designer who is espousing his philosophy of sustainable materials all over the world. Ar. Neelam Manjunath is the CEO and Founder of the Centre for Green Building Materials and Technology, Mansaram Architects, and is the Karnataka Chairperson of the Bamboo Society of India. Dr. MP Singh (IFS) is the current Director of the Indian Wood Science Institute (IWST) and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education.
These panelists debunked some of the most common misconceptions related to the Timber construction and gave explainations to why Timber could be a great material for future construction:
Using timber on a mass scale for constructions, there are fears about fire and high cost.
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Remember India in all that you do!
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