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Engrossing talk on zero carbon city of Masdar

With Panaji slated to become smart city in future, the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IID), Goa chapter, hosted a presentation and interactive session on, The Sustainable City of Masdar- Concept to reality. The session was at Clube Gaspar Dias, Miramar.

Guest speaker Gaurish Wagle, urban designer and manager at Masterplan Developments and Sustainability, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE, spoke on conceptualizing and execution of the master plan of the city. The event was well attended by designers, town planners , architects and students. Rajesh Naik, chief town planner, Moral Ahmed, ex chief town planner and other senior town planners.

The talk by architect, Wagle, focused on how the aesthetic value, culture quotient of our cities has eroded. It touched on the gap between ideation and execution and said how shapes of buildings in our cities are becoming casual. “The street today is a space for cars rather than space for people to be . The situation demands serious introspection by concerned professionals,” said Wagle.

This is the third presentation organised by IID-Goa since January 2019. The talk showcased Masdar city as a model for planning sustainable and livable cities with zero carbon footprint.

Also debated and discussed was the possibilities of engaging  with professionals to bring out the much needed consensus on the future of planning processes practiced in other countries and what lessons to be learnt to  design  sustainable and livable cities in India. Krishna Phaldesai, secretary, IID-Goa,  gave the vote of thanks

IIID is a premiere institute of design in India having 32 chapters and centres and one international centre in Dubai. Snehalata Pednekar is the chairperson of the association. The Goa chapter was founded in 2003 and has about 102 members. “The body plays a crucial role in inspiring and shaping opinions amongst its design fraternity and thus streamlining nation’s design policies and trends,” said Pednekar. She added that, the Goa chapter organised over 50 events in 2017-19, all of which were well attended by architects, designers and related professionals.

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