A unique competition was part of the BuildArch 2011 held in Bangalore in February. Conceived and executed by Ethos, Kolkata, the ‘Save as You Build’ competition was aimed at providing a platform to people from different backgrounds and fields to encourage free thinking and ideas. The competition also intended to bring in a conviction on the need to save with a focus on the building industry and also excite the participants towards evolving fresh solutions that are capable of evolving.
The jury Prof Jagadish, former Chairman at ASTRA (Application of Science and technology to Rural Areas); S Vishwanath, civil engineer and urban & regional planner; Rajpal U Navalkar, CEO and ED of Thermoshield India; and Ar Sharukh Mistry evaluated 63 entries from participants belonging to different fields. The evaluation focused on four prime areas – Savings (type and extent), Originality and Innovativeness of the idea, Ease of execution & feasibility and Replicability & Adaptability.
The first position was shared by Gurmit Singh, Senior Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Environment and Forest, NCT of Delhi and Abhishek Majumdar, Viral Misra and Gulshan Kumar from Department of Civil Engg, MM University, Ambala. The ideas proposed ranged from the practical to the highly imaginative. There were proposals for pavements, harnessing of the energy from hot water springs and mobile public toilet units.