Ar. Nilanjan Bhowal - Design Consortium India

Ar. Nilanjan Bhowal - Design Consortium India
The pandemic changed people’s perception of space and the direct impact of our built environment on our mental and physical health became more apparent.
For one, the need to connect with the natural environment grew stronger as our homes started to feel more like isolation pods. Secondly, we realised that our work did not have to be restricted to a cubicle and the benefits that remote working presents. Also, during the pandemic, four walls had to contain all diverse human activities. A bedroom went from a resting place to a work cubicle, a classroom, or even a gym. Thus, the diversification of a single space helped us understand the transformative ability every zone has.

Moving forward, the design process becomes more ecologically integrated, while maintaining flexibility in its utility, and prioritising comfort. A new spotlight has also been cast on co-working spaces and the significance of public places in general.

For the longest time, a building defined a clear inside and outside, but the boundary now needs to become more flexible in its definition.
To improve the quality of one’s built environment, we need to focus on the latter half of the term. For the longest time, a building defined a clear inside and outside. It was a fortress of brick and concrete through which nature wasn’t allowed in. However, the boundary now needs to become more flexible. Open spaces that welcome fresh air, water features that cast playful lights against earthy textures, a wall of green blooming with life, are ways that not only enhance a space aesthetically but also emphasize the importance of pause and reflection.

Indian architecture has mostly manifested as eco-conscious and low-rise while making use of local materials.
Trends like minimalism, sustainability, micro-living, low-rise constructions have always been a part of the Indian built ethos. However, presently, most of these trends remain a luxury reserved for the upper strata. It will be a challenge to adapt and assimilate these methodologies in the overlapping discourse of the urban union.

Design Consortium has been a part of this conversation for the past 30 years, with our primary focus being sustainability and eco-consciousness. One of the key approaches that need more traction is sustainability and it cannot be treated as a ‘trend’ with the climate crisis being experienced across the globe. The AEC industry as a whole must realise the immense contribution that we make to the global carbon footprint and work our way towards a more ecologically conscious future.

Design Consortium India

Architecture will adapt itself to expand more to climate, context, tradition, local technology, and nature.
With the fast-paced world that we live in, sometimes, the architecture industry takes a long time to imbibe a growing trend. But it evolves, regardless, as it always has, and always reflects the community it shelters. With the alarming rate at which the global climate is changing, sustainability is the focus along with the intersectionality of heritage within it. Hence, we are seeing projects that move away from displays of vanity and capitalism and adapt to uplift marginalised communities and the natural environment.

Future trends are highly dependent on the need of the hour and the level of awareness that the collective community shares. Hence, as architects, we need to bring these options to our clients to help them make informed choices. As I have always said, architecture is nothing but placing a habitat in nature.

Ar. Sumit Dhawan, Cityspace’82 Architects

Building materials play a prominent role in the technical aspects of a built form, including factors like insulation, acoustics, etc. Building material selection is as important as the form development process in order to improve the quality of the built form Read More ...

Ar. Nilanjan Bhowal, Design Consortium India

We have reached a point where architects and engineers are planning for the entire life cycle of a building: from conception to demolition, providing alternatives at every step of the way to reduce harm to the environment during the entire process Read More ...

Ar. Manish Kumat Manish, Kumat Design Cell

A series of modular walls, breathable walls, and porous osmosis walls to ensure a controlled transfer of moisture and odour in the air, use of materials such as reclaimed wood, cork, AAC blocks, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, double glazed windows and automation Read More ...

Rohit Suraj, Founder & CEO, Urban Zen

Material selection is a crucial part of the design process and also depends on the client’s likes and expectations to a large extent. While choosing a material to work with, its intrinsic physical characteristics and experiential qualities are always the best parameters Read More ...

Ar. Harish Tripathi, Arhta

The role of local materials and technology cannot be undermined and their acceptability at the government and public level can create appropriate solutions. Amidst the mass movement and decline in trade as repercussions of the pandemic, the importance of using local Read More ...

Ar. Sandeep Joshi, Artisan

The trend is moving towards stronger materials that can better withstand the test of time, natural disasters, and give back to the environment instead of taking away from it. As the supply of natural resources becomes scarcer, we will be forced to use renewable and recyclable Read More ...

The Value of Material Choices

Context, functionality, and aesthetics play a crucial role in architecture with one of the most influential aspects being the value of material choices. For most buildings, the key features defining their ‘iconicity’ can be summarized as strong concept design, relevant Read More ...

Ar. Akshat Bhatt - Architecture Discipline

The pandemic and the current human condition have become markers in our collective history as the forbearers of change –– of a push towards minimal resource consumption and sustainable living. Our homes today have re-emerged as sanctuaries –– places of safe and ‘socially-distanced’ Read More ...

Ar. Aahana Miller - ABM Architects

There needs to be a change in the mindset of designers who must do away with fussy detailing and specify materials that would show dirt and be easy to clean. Homeowners are looking for alternate homes and homes away from the cities. They also want fabrics and materials Read More ...

Ar. Dinesh Verma & Ar. Akshara Verma - ACE Group Architects

In the name of development, we have overdone, over-consumed, and overlooked nature, and instead of being friendly, have turned hostile towards it. Society has knowingly compromised on the average area required by a person to be naturally comfortable, in the name of ‘expensive real estate’ Read More ...

Ar. Shobhan Kothari - ADND

Homes will now begin to address not only the pragmatic aspect of design but also question the ‘wellness’ quotient in design. Designs will evolve from having ‘curb-appeal’ to a more socially contributing device. Homegrown compost from waste to manure for plants, design with less frills Read More ...

Ar. Harish Tripathi & Jyoti D Tripathi - Arhta

Post pandemic, our perception and usage of space has changed drastically. Planning parameters and appropriate environments for habitat have gained a lot of importance. As people were confined to their homes, they began to actively appreciate the necessity of having appropriateness Read More ...

Ar. Aquin Noel - Aquin Noel Design Commune

Creating buildings that permit adaptive reuse would be notable changes. The idea of touch and feel might slowly transform into do not touch; however, I strongly believe that architecture should be appreciated by touch and feel. Technological advancements shall soon bring Read More ...

Ar. Sandeep Joshi - Artisan

The next few years will see a renewed interest in using design and architecture as social, political, and economic tools. In the aftermath of the pandemic, we should expect to see buildings becoming more sustainable and energy-efficient. They will also need to be designed with pandemic Read More ...

Ar. Arpan Johari - AW Design

Closed and conditioned spaces and buildings that have international movement like airports, will have to be completely thought of in a new light. Humans are adaptive species; lessons learnt from the pandemic would certainly lead to changes in the built environment. For starters Read More ...

Ar. Biswabhushan Beura - Bentel Associates

Retail architecture will cater more consciously to general well-being and actively focus on curating unique spatial experiences. Due to the pandemic, an important shift in architecture will be that large-scale public buildings will be remarkably well-ventilated and spacious Read More ...