• The Talk of Town Event in Delhi

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    The eminent architects and designers from the city gathered in the second Talk of Town series event at The Surya Hotel, New Delhi on 2nd June 2018. Surfaces Reporter’s The Talk of Town is a neatly designed conference aimed to connect, engage and expand the circle of architects, artists, and designers in order to facilitate learning, sharing and networking among the industry’s who’s who and the aspiring ones. The event was sponsored by ENCRAFT, AICA and Philipps Lighting.
    2 The event was kicked off with the welcome note of Vertica Dvivedi, – Curator of the Talk of the town, founder of WADe Asia and Editor-In-Chief of Surfaces Reporter Magazine. She expressed how close this event is to her heart. Keynote speaker: Ar Sonali Rastogi, the founder-director of India’s leading award-winning Architecture and Urban Design practice – Morphogenesis. She shared her views on the topic entitled “Genesis of a Contemporary Indian Practice.” She stated, “Only three of a hundred companies are headed by a woman. And women are leading only three of the world’s 100 biggest architectural firms.” 3
     
    After this, a story behind the making of ENCRAFT was presented. Later On, Satoshi Fujiura San and Mr. Jagadish Ahuja came on the stage to tell about their company AICA and gave a wonderful presentation on Evolving Decorative Laminate Surfaces. Then there was the beginning of first-panel discussion. The fantastic panel of architects and designers- Ar Madhav Raman, Ar Vivek Gupta, Ar Amit Gupta, Ar and Rajiv Khanna presented their creative perspectives on ‘Simplifying Engagement with Client’. The session was ably moderated by Ar Sabeena Khanna, Creative head of the Studio KIA. 4 “The profession of architecture is because of the client. The client is God for me. However, the client can not tell you what would be the soul of the building. It is you who decide this,” said panellist Vivek Gupta at the talk of town event. Architect Vivek Gupta further stated, “Engagement with the client is important. Though the client is not literate, they know what they wanted.”  5
     
    Subsequently, the mini-talks on relevant topics started by prominent guests-Olga Chepelianskai, founder of UNICITI on Building Sustainable, Building Unique, architect Vipul B Varshney gave on her latest book, Ar Shewta Kaw on Cognitive Architecture and Vandana Kothari on My City Your Stories. Mr. Shishir Bansal from Philips Lighting gave a wonderful presentation after that where he let people know about Interact Pro, which is a complete wire-based system that connects upto 200 lights. 6 The second-panel discussion started by the intellectual panellists- Ar. Vijay Garg, Ar Akshat Bhatt, Ar Britta Knobel Gupta, Prof Manoj Mathur and Ar Amit Khanna engaged in a rich discussion on the topic “Are Architects adequately trained in universities to understand materials and construction processes?” This discussion was moderated by young and energetic, architect Manishi Agarwal. 7
     
    The second mini talk included the speeches by Chandrika Sahay on Healthcare Design, Prerna Kapoor on architectural Travel And Its Key Role, Ashish Vaishnava on Golf Course Architecture and Design, and Amit Singh on Virtual Reality- Future of Architecture. Elaborate articulation of the discussions and mini-talks will be available in the upcoming edition of Surfaces Reporter.

    About The Talk of Town

    The Talk of Town series is the brainchild of #SurfacesReporter, which is today a synonym for thought-provoking content on designs, products, and projects in the industry. Deeply connected within and around the industry, the magazine possesses humongous intellectual wealth and a delighted clientele to serve. It is encouraging and immensely satisfying to be able to identify and connect with the community of art maestros, budding talents, architecture geniuses, design prodigies, and many more creatively brilliant personalities in their respective hemispheres. The Talk of Town is a platform for you if you operate in the realm of these hemispheres. For sponsorship, speaking opportunities, participation, and other engaging opportunities, please toss a line to madhu@surfaces.in. Upcoming events will be held at- Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kochi-Calicut, Bangalore and more, though not in the same order. We will share all the images of “THE TALK OF TOWN, Delhi event on 5 June 2018. Feel free to comment and like the images. Looking forward to your response. More Photos  

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