Ar. Nilanjan Bhowal Design Consortium India
As an architect, creating a sense of community is the key to a good building.
Even though, formally, we have just started to highlight theme-based gated townships, but if we dig deeper, the concept has always been there. This is because, as humans, we tend to stay closer to like-minded people - who make us widen our horizon and open our vision to a broader space. As an architect, this is my ideology behind making a built environment that inspires and make its residents explore their potential.

Within the concrete jungles of the city, we often tend to forget the community. A house that brings the family closer, an office that unites its employees and employers, a garden that brings joy, these are all success stories. An architectural sketch without humans is way less interesting and is even difficult to relate to. In all of my projects and the projects of different architects that I have admired over the years, a plaza, a small nook, a courtyard, a common space has always been a prominent and a very important ingredient. Architects have embraced it and today I see an increased focus on the quality of these spaces as well.

Sustainability has to be seen as a moral responsibility by each one of us. It is a big question on our own existence and the action has to be reversed.
Consciously designing buildings should have been a staple for architects from a long time. Talks initiated during the CIAM moulded the conversation about architecture being responsible. It was a long journey from the early whispers to being acknowledged at a level that it is today. Ever since I have known architecture I have always been interested in its impact. Every project that we have worked on has had a courtyard, a well-planned ventilation system, while respecting the site and its natural setting.

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Environment friendly architecture and courses on sustainability are mandatory in architecture schools, making young architects aware and well equipped. I have full faith that the architecture of tomorrow is in good hands. We can see a brighter and a carbon negative future.