·Held discussions for “Dialogue onArchitecture and Urban Habitat”
Jalandhar:School ofArchitecture and Design at Lovely Professional University (LPU) invitedprominent Indian architect of international repute Architect Raj Rewal tointeract with its students on the topic- “A Dialogue on Architecture and UrbanHabitat”. Ar Rewal has a productive career spanning over five decades inarchitectural practice, research and thought-processes. His main interest liesin historic models, and the manner he invokes the memory of these patternsthrough design images is unmatchable.
Interacting with LPU students and faculty members,Ar Rewal gave importance to the representation of culture through contemporaryarchitecture and creation of built environment that are climate responsive andculturally active. He deliberated on design ideation of his famousarchitectural projects including Hall of Nation (New Delhi) and Jung-e-AzadiMuseum (Kartarpur, Punjab). He also expressed his concern for the conservationof post modern architectural masterpieces in India. He also shared how hefaced a challenge when ‘The Hall of Industries’ and ‘Hall of Nations’ at PragatiMaidan New Delhi were demolished. These buildings were of architecturalimportance and ‘Indian National Trust for Art Culture and Heritage (INTACH)included these buildings in the list of ‘Modern Heritage’.
During question answer session, Ar Raj Rewalsuggested students to travel and explore world for architectural history andnew trends in Architecture, Design and Planning. He also suggested thatdesigners must consider climatic and cultural parameters in their designthinking. On his reply to selection process of products for large scaleconstruction and city scale projects, he emphasized on multi disciplinarycollaborative approach for bringing out advanced architectural creations, thusimprovising city spaces. He also appreciated the creativity of LPU students byseeing their works.
Illustrative, LPU students of Architecture& Design are continuously excelling all other students in creativity anddesigning. A few months back, they won top four trophies for Zonasa-2016competitions held in Delhi (NCR). Occasion was the Northern Zone meet of theNational Association of Students of Architecture (NASA), where 70+architectural institutions of the zone participated.
Architect Rewal has received many awards andhonours, including the Robert Mathew Award from the Commonwealth Associationsof Architects. "Chevalier des Art des Lettres" award has also beenconferred upon him by the French Government. His design portfolio consists ofsome of the most prestigious projects including Pragati Maidan ExhibitionComplex, the French Embassy Staff Quarters, Asian Games Village, the BritishHigh Commission Housing, the World Bank Regional Mission, the InternationalCentre for Genetic Engineering and Biology, and the Parliament Library Complex.