| |JULY 20209I always think, that as profession-als, all of us can play important role by just going slightly deeper into details in our respective fields, which some of us might be doing as well. As Ar-chitects, what can we do differently to make it count? While working on a particular design, we follow certain parameters. Other than the practical aspect of the design, there is an es-sential element that has always been a prime concern for us, i.e., look & feel of it. The aesthetics of a building is as important as the usefulness of it. But, more often than not, it is considered that aesthetics can only be created by using most expensive materials, arti-facts and more of fancy looking items with less availability, rather than sim-ple and easily available things. Well, these are means of ornamentation for most of the Architects but these are not the only ways of making our de-signs interesting. Sometimes, a rough surface can creates an effect that even most exclusive marble are unable to do.Material selection is an essential aspect of architecture. Selecting the locally available material can be very helpful in saving our environment. Ev-ery material uses energy right from its creation at the origin until the transportation and finally up to the installation at site. This is called the Embodied Energy of that material. Higher the value of it, more hazardous it is for us. We should check for these parameters while selecting materials.Change in Climate is the problem, for which we can have a temporary solution or a sustainable one. What if we do a combination of these simulta-neously? We need to go back to the ba-sic principles of Architecture, so that we can create such master pieces that use minimum energy and at the same time should look exceptional.In the early designing stages or rather at the inception of our build-ing concept, we can study the climate and factor in Wind direction, Sun path, Rainfall, Humidity, Temperature range and seasonal variations. Ori-entation of the building can be such that it gets maximum light so that it does not require any artificial light in the day time and also in winters no electrical equipment is needed to warm the spaces. Windows can be planned in a way that the breeze can enter uninterrupted from one side and exit from the opposite side, thus helping in lowering down the tem-perature in summers. In rainy season, we can collect the rain water from the roof-top through a specially designed pipeline in separate tanks and re-use it. These measures will enable the buildings to consume less energy in all the seasons. Moreover, the theory of recycle and re-use is not limited to rain water. Treating our sewage in Sewage treatment plants and utiliz-ing treated water in flushing and ir-rigation will reduce our fresh water requirement drastically. Solar panels are very much in use these days to generate electricity.Landscaping is another vital as-pect that we need to address. Grow-ing more and more plants can give us better air quality. But there is nothing new in it and all of us try to do so in our homes or offices. Selection of the plants also plays a key role. Local or native species can be preferred over other plants as they are conducive to the environment and their water re-quirement is very less as compared. Evergreen plants can be a prudent op-tion as compared to seasonal plants. Innovative and advanced irrigation techniques can be implemented to further lower down the water require-ments. Organic Waste composter can be a solution to two of our problems at once. Firstly it recycles our kitch-en waste and secondly the waste be-comes a compost for the plants and that too organic.If we start practicing the basic principles of Architecture, we can make situation better as living in har-mony with nature is quintessential and we have seen many examples of the consequences of disturbing the equilibrium. Therefore, I urge you all to take responsibility and be the change you want to see. If we start practicing the basic principles of Architecture, we can make situation better as living in harmony with nature is quintessential and we have seen many examples of the consequences of disturbing the equilibrium
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