"We must strive to create homes, not just build houses"

The progressive minds of the real estate industry came together to pave a road map to sustainable and technologically driven spaces. It was a summit packed with knowledge, industry insight and offered a holistic view and understanding of the entire ecosystem, across the globe. The summit stood witness to the coming together of great minds and awarding some of the greatest projects, the Smart Green Summit & Awards was held today at Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi.

The Summit included multi-faceted conference where International and National Keynotes speakers shared their expertise to an audience of over 500 top notch developers, architects, designers, government officials, sustainable experts, and other architecture and design related executives who have dedicatedly worked towards creating sustainable living places. Pioneerslike _Rahul Kadri, Frven Lim, and Chin Theo Chong, Manit Rastogi, Pradeep Nair, Prof. Robin Drogemuller, Martha Thorne, Angelene Chan, Ar K Jaisim, Boman Irani, Chhavi Rajawat, Dr Prabhat Rahangdale, O.P. Agarwal ,Paritosh Gupta, Prem Chandavarkar, Prof. Dr. P.S.N. Rao , Sreeram Ananthasayanam, Sanjay Seth, Satish Gokhale  shed light on design, technology, material and policy segments of the space.

Manit Rastogi_, Founder Partner, Morphogenesis, India _said, "we  must look in our own industrious past to cull out a better future". Rahul Kadri, principal architect, IM Kadri Architects remarked that, "incredulous master-plans and a rigid policy framework limits the effective planning and diversification of living places, suitable to the need to present hour. Too much centralized planning and the general attitude of urban planning in India does not work for the many millions".

Venkat Subramanian, Regional CEO -- Construction Products India and Managing Director, Gyproc India gave the welcome address to start the Summit. Subramanian expressed his pleasure at presenting the 3rd Smart Green Summit & Awards, in association with the Economic Times. He said, "the Smart Green Summit and Awards, reflects our deep commitment to the green cause through recognizing green crusaders and helping channelize the fraternity's collective and collaborative efforts, to ensure the future of habitat is in safe hands". He spoke about the agenda and mentioned the interesting lineup of speakers divided in four segments - Design, Technology, Material and Policy.

The Vote of thanks was given by AR Unnikrishnan, Director -- Sales & Marketing, Saint Gobain India. He said, "as we come to the last leg of the summit it is our pleasure to thank all those involved and all the participants, eminent speakers, expert jury members and the advisory body." He added, "when we were putting the Summit together we wanted to bring the best minds of the ecosystem together and that indeed has given us valuable and deep insight for the future and left us with immense hope and possibilities the future holds. We would like to continue our efforts and revive the Summit again to celebrate the best solutions towards sustainability and smart living".

The event concluded with awarding some of the most thoughtful and sustainable projects undertaken in this space.

Elaborating on the summit and awards, Deepak Lamba, President, Times Strategic Solutions, said, "we are glad to have been a part of
and bring to all this great summit that has brought together the crusaders of sustainability under one roof. Great solutions towards sustainable living has emanated from the Summit and passionate efforts have been recognized and awarded. We wish to take the narrative further and continue to strive for sustainability".

The Economic Times & Saint Gobain call for entries for the Smart Green Awards 2018

An initiative that honors outstanding contributions towards building a greener future
The Indian Real Estate Industry is on the growth trajectory for creating sustainable living places. In order to encourage new ideas and techniques that are incorporated in building sustainable, aesthetically appealing and technologically driven developments, The Economic Times and Saint-Gobain are back to hosting the Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018 on April 27th, 2018 at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi. The Summit includes multi-faceted conferencing activities that will showcase international and national keynotes, policy roundtables, thought leadership on sustainability and will culminate in a glamorous award evening that is set to recognize the game changers of Indian architecture and design.

In its past two editions, The Smart Green Summit and Awards has successfully encouraged and recognized new ideas and techniques that
incorporate sustainability and technologically driven developments over the years. The third edition of The Smart Green Summit and Awards looks to the future of living places centering on the theme 'Wellbeing in Living Place'. The categories for the Awards this year focusses on smart living places across the segments of: home, work, hospitality, healthcare, education, and public spaces to name a few. Individuals, communities and organisations are invited to register their nominations for these most coveted awards by the 20th of March 2018.

The Summit is going to witness the stalwarts of the industry from national & international markets who will mull over the larger agenda of
creating a sustainable future. In attendance will be an audience of over 500 eminent developers, architects, designers, government officials,
sustainability experts, and other architecture and design related executives who work towards creating well-being in living places.

Elaborating on the summit and awards, Deepak Lamba, President, Times Strategic Solutions said, "in modern society, sustainability
should be an intrinsic part of a company's DNA. Hence, the Saint-Gobain and The Economic Times Smart Green Summit and Awards brings together the top leaders on the sustainability and innovation front as they seek to uncover solutions to the most pressing modern day environmental challenges. In doing so, we seek to build a better world for us all."

Each year the awards and summit gets bigger and better. Given the impact the previous two editions have engineered within the industry, this year too, top leaders have been roped in as the advisory for the Summit who will curate the content and finalize speakers and as Jury for the Awards.

List of advisory board members for the summit:
*        Angelene Chan, CEO, DP Architects, Singapore
*        Dhanajaye Dake, Principal Architect, Construction Catalysers
*        George Ferguson, Former Mayor of Bristol
*        Hitesh Vaidya, Country Manager- India, UN Habitat
*        Manit Rastogi, Founder Partner, Morphogenesis
*        Michael  Foley, Founder, Foley Designs
*        S. Sridhar, Chairman, IHF

List of jury members for the smart green awards:
*        Abha Narain Lambah - Principal Architect, Abha Narain Lambah Associates
*        Ar J P Agarwal, Principal Architect, Agarwal & Agarwal Architects
*        B. Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd.
*        Boman Irani, Managing Director, Rustomjee Developers
*        Deepak S. Parekh, Chairman, Housing Development Finance Corporation, India
*        Dr Mahavir, Dean, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi
*        Jayantha Perera, Principal Architect, Architect JayanthaPerera, Sri Lanka
*        Michael Foley, Founder, Foley Designs
*        Niranjan Khatri, Founder, iSambhav
*        Prem Chandavarkar, Managing Partner, CnT Architects
*        Sanjay Prakash, Principal Architect, Shift: Studio for Habitat Futures
*        Utpal Deka - National Team Leader - Capacity Building for Urban Development in India, Ministry of Urban Development, India

The third edition of the Smart Green Summit and Awards will bring to the fore people and organisations who have consistently strove to offer sustainable, innovative development solutions embracing modern-day environmental concerns. By recognizing leaders who have innovated and consistently raised the bar while still being eco-friendly, the Smart Green Awards in particular will look to inspire others to embark on a journey of sustainable innovation that could help society at large.

We have but one planet, and there is no Planet B to fall back on.

To submit your nominations, please visit http://www.smartgreen.in/nomination


Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, roundtables and case studie

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INDIAN URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE REVIEW was the Research Partner for Times Real Estate Icons 2017 awards, which was held on November 27, 2017 at Sofitel BKC Mumbai. In this special page on the event, we give extensive coverage of the conclave and awards night.

A snapshot of Times of India 2-page report on Times Realty Icons 2017 awards