Vijayawada: The three-day Amaravati Design Festival began at the CK Convention near Mangalagiri of Guntur district on Friday.
Institute of Indian Interior Designer (IIID) Amaravati chapter, with the cooperation of APCRDA, is conducting the festival in which renowned architects from across the globe will participate.
IIID president Pratap Jadhav, in his inaugural address, called upon architect students to update their knowledge by observing architectural changes globally.
Well-known architect from South Africa, Peter Rich urged architects to move out of their comfort zone and create architectural innovations according to the changing choice of the public while maintaining quality, facility and attraction.
Explaining the changes in the architecture, he requested architects to apply their skills for the benefit of the underprivileged in the community.
Pavan Suryadevara, chairman, IIID Amaravati chapter, said that Amaravati would be established as world-class capital city hence it gives opportunities to architects and architecture students to learn about new innovations and designs.
This was the rationale behind conducting workshops for the students, he said.
Mr Suryadevara said that students from architecture colleges are attending the festival and their designs would be displayed. “Architecture students of seven architecture colleges, of which four are from Vijayawada and three from Visakhapatnam, are participating in the workshops. This gives them a chance to hone their architectural skills,” he said.
Mr Suryadevara said that eminent designers, social thinkers, academicians and famous architects would deliver speeches as part of the Design Talks programme.
Mr Suryadevara said that the traditional handicrafts of the state would be displayed under Hastha Kala Utsavam on February 2 and 3.
He said that famous architect Norman Foster will address the gathering; the architect would be speaking on establishment of Amaravati from the grassroots-level.
Also, well-known architects from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and other places would address the gathering.
IIID Amaravati chapter treasurer Jai Desai, Amaravati Design Festival-2019 convener Mallikarjun Pawaskar and others spoke on the occasion....