India’s Festival of Architecture and Interior Designing (FOAID) has entered its 5th year, attended by both eminent design professionals and students embarking on their careers
Hosting more than 2,000 creative minds from across India, the Festival of Architecture and Interior Designing (FOAID) has become an important platform for inspiration, development and exchanging ideas for the design fraternity. More than 250 unbuilt and ongoing national and international projects were on display in New Delhi, where visitors also got a chance to see art and furniture installations designed by students.
The conference also hosted a number of presentations, panel discussions, keynote addresses, talks and competitions across two days in September. Topics for the panel discussions centred around the event's theme, Time to Re:Imagine. A wide range of topics was debated, including the challenges facing the architecture and design world, running design practices, and the issue of patronage in architecture. Eminent designers such as Sonali Rastogi and Natasha Kochhar delivered inspiring presentations on various topics.
Anupam Bansal, Abhin Alimchandani, Lipika Sud and V Suresh joined panel chair Jimmy Mistry, hotelier and entrepreneur, in a discussion about the financial and administrative aspects of a design firm and how creativity can be used to facilitate and boost efficiency. One lesson from the talks was that designers should learn from their financial and managerial mistakes and be able to balance commerce with artistic considerations.
“If you're good at your work, if you are good with your creativities, people will seek you out," Sud told the gathering. "The high point of being able to refuse a project is very, very rewarding." She added that focusing on creating a brand name and setting out on one's own path leads to clearer objectives.
Rahul Gore of Opolis Architects, Mumbai was one of the speakers at the event. His presentation was peppered with recollections of his own projects. "Architecture is the sum of past experiences," he stated. "The ultimate aim of architecture is to appeal to the senses."
Spaces should be studied and pondered upon, he suggested. Using examples of different structures around the world, he stressed that each needed to be experienced live, not through photos. Every space can make someone feel different, he suggested.
"It has to appeal to us. It has to be an architecture that helps us to grow individually," he said, noting that observing how children use a space can provide a lot of insight. He concluded by advising everyone to make choices and work towards them, as nothing can be left to chance.
The award ceremony acknowledged winners of various categories including Expressions, Architecture Ideas 4.0, Everest Design Challenge, and Wood is Good Design Competition which highlighted the work of untapped and budding talent.
The 5th edition of FOAID proved to be a great success, bringing together a diverse range of activities and events that both entertained and enlightened all those attending.
The event will celebrate the world of design again this year, with FOAID's Mumbai edition on December 7 and 8.
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