CW ARCHITECT AND BUILDER AWARDS 2015 Welcome to the power of 10!
Created a decade ago to salute the visionary architects and builders who traverse the lines of possibility and render form and function to the structures we inhabit, the CW Architect & Builder Awards (CWAB) has enjoyed a memorable journey. Through the years, through the good times and the very bad, our winners have performed consistently, zealously, pouring heart and soul, sweat and sinew into their work. And we have been there applauding them-saluting excellence, honouring innovation and toasting creativity.
Every year, the winners are selected through a survey, from a list of 70-80 architects and builders each, of which 20 architects and builders are shortlisted. For the past nine years, the CWAB Awards has had a theme, ranging from Green and Youth, to Inno-Vision among many others. But this year was different! Being a landmark occasion, all the past winners were invited to celebrate the theme - ´A Decade of Excellence.
An eventful Evening
Organised by ASAPP Media and hosted at Mumbai´s Four Seasons Hotel on August 21, 2015, the 10th CWAB saw over 250 stalwarts of the industry come together to celebrate.
The 45 winners were felicitated with the 10th CWAB Award of Excellence trophy. Making it even more special was the ramp walk! Our 45 winners, already red carpet-savvy, glided down the ramp after receiving their trophies, holding their prize aloft. Some were shy and some offered a conservative namaste, while others were more flamboyant, twirling their scarf or striking a pose that would put many a seasoned model to shame. They were show-stoppers-and they knew it!
Lighting of the lamp
The evening commenced with the Indian tradition of lighting the lamp. Participating in this auspicious ceremony were Vicente Guallart, Chief Architect, Guallart Architect and Chief Architect of Barcelona City Council; Sylvain Biard, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of France; Sabri Ergen, Consul General, Consulate General of Turkey; Camille Richardson, Commercial Counsel, Consulate General of the United States; Saut Siringoringo, Consul General, Consulate General of Indonesia; Kishor Mundargi, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada; and Pratap Padode, Managing Director, ASAPP Media.
Welcoming the winners, jury and audience, Falguni Padode, Group Managing Editor, ASAPP Media, expressed her gratitude and pride in hosting the award for the 10th year. ´Our efforts are on to make a difference, to be the harbingers of change,´ she said. Next up was a surprise treat for the audience.
Duo on Stage
Up on stage, ´performing´ together for the first time, was a dynamic duo: Mumbai´s favourite builder Niranjan Hiranandani, Managing Director, Hiranandani Group, and renowned architect Sanjay Puri, both winners these past nine years. Their act, brimming with wit and humour, had the audience in splits, whether it was Puri taking a dig at Mumbai´s DP rules or Hiranandani conferring upon Puri the title of the industry´s Shah Rukh Khan. Things were off to a rocking start.
A digital pad was signed by all the winners after the ramp walk and at the end of the function, the CWAB Wall of Fame stood tall featuring the autographs and photographs of the winners.
Back to Business
Another highlight of the event was the keynote address by Architect Vicente Guallart, the man behind the design of Barcelona, one of the smartest cities in the world. As he focused on retrofitting existing cities, Guallart said, ´We need to learn about good and bad things-about how new technologies are coming to cities and how to use them.´ Citing the example of Barcelona, he spoke about how the realisation came to transform the city into an urban economy. ´You should be sure that investments are made at the right place, right time. We need to transform the city into a people-oriented one. It´s not about putting gadgets in buildings, but changing the model of a city. And, we are working on how future cities will be.´ Guallart emphasised upon the need to use new materials and technologies to make better cities. On a concluding note, he expressed his views on India, saying, ´I am impressed by this country and look forward to see how we can work together.´
Finally, in his closing remarks, Pratap Padode, Managing Director, ASAPP Media. rightly pointed out that a lot has transpired in the past 10 years. Citing the example of Barcelona, he said that India should laud its existing islands of excellence and build cities that give excellent returns on investment. ´India is aching to be rebuilt!´ he exclaimed. ´We are the true fathers of planning, what we should have is belief in the system.´
Let´s take a groupie
Towards the end of the event, all the winners from the building and architecture fraternity came together for a group photograph before proceeding for cocktails and dinner, where the bonhomie and camaraderie were palpable. It was indeed a good, good night.
• WALL OF FAME