22nd August 2014, MUMBAI: Steve Jobs had famously said, "Innovation distinguishes a leader and a follower." Celebrating the theme of Inno-vision this year, the 9th edition of Construction World Architect & Builder (CWAB) Awards were given in a highly captivating event on the evening of 22nd August 2014 at Hotel Four Seasons in Mumbai. The who?s who of Indias architects and builders were felicitated in this most coveted event in the construction fraternity, in the presence on 300+ CEOs from the industry.
ASAPP Media, the organiser, has been hosting Construction World Architect and Builder Awards for 8 years. This is the largest networking event in the country that brings architects and builders of a stature under one roof. This celebrated event which salutes excellence in the architectural and builder fraternity, had focused on Innovision as a criteria, and its illustrious jury had selected winners wisely. The elite audience comprised the nations architects, builders, developers, hoteliers, government officials, corporate heads, bankers et al, who made it a point to converge at this must-attend industry event.
In his welcome address, Pratap Padode, Editor-in-Chief & MD, ASAPP Media Information Group emphasised on the need for a mandatory change to develop smart cities in India, wherein design has a new meaning in terms of functionality. He also added that innovation in aspects such as technology, financing, project management etc can make a key difference, which not only changes lives but saves lives too.
Necessity is the mother of invention and innovation. In line with this adage in the digital age, ASAPP Media launched a unique web portal DezignGenie at this event to help the architects, builders and designers in moving away from the onerous manual method of keeping files of product information. This website contains the next level of product innovations and architectural designs with over 20,000 products from more than 50 categories and over 175 brands. Thereby, it provides a one-stop-shop solution for sourcing products as well as updating and selection of the products for architects, builders and designers. Plus there is a facility of sharing the products selected with one?s clients and seeking their ?likes? and dislikes? through the Internet.
While addressing the august audience Michel Jansen, Chairman & CEO, CityZenith offered an insight into his association with India and his journey from being an architect to an urbanist and a technologist. He also highlighted India?s advantage in technology and its architects.
The Keynote Speaker was Devika Devaiah, author of the book Orbit Shifting Innovation. In her highly charged and inspiring address she called upon the captains of the industry to convert the greatest challenges to outstanding opportunities for the country by applying innovation.
The Chief Guest Dr Sudhir Krishna, Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India in his speech appreciated the efforts of the organisers in hosting this mega event and called upon the industry to take up on priority the opportunities of smart cities that are on the horizon.
Falguni Padode, Group Managing Editor, ASAPP Media Information Group, offered the vote of thanks. ?Innovation is everyone?s responsibility and not only R&D?s?, this famous quote of Albert Einstein pretty well sums up the way forward after this engaging event that recognised and rewarded outstanding innovations by architects and builders in India. Now is the time to take these outstanding innovations to the next level or, shall we say, the next orbit!
- Abhin Alimchandani, Stup Consultants
- Dikshu C Kukreja, CP Kukreja Associates
- Ambrish Arora, LOTUS
- Abin Chaudhuri, Abin design Studio
- Smaran Mallesh, Cadence
- Rahul Kadri, Kadri Consultants Pvt Ltd
- Shekhar Patki, PG Patki Architects
- Pronit Nath, Urban Studio
- Arjun Malik and Kamal Malik, Malik Architecture
- Ravi Sarangan, Edifice
- NK Jain, Director, Ambuja Neotia Group
- Mofatraj P Munot, Founder Chairman, Kalpataru Group
- Shashank Paranjape, Managing Director, Paranjape Schemes Construction Ltd
- Boman Irani, Chairman & Managing Director, Rustomjee
- Rajendra Joshi, Business Head-West, Mahindra Lifespace Developers
- Govinder Singh, CFO, Tata Housing Development Company
- Sushil Mantri, Chairman, Mantri Developers