Calling for a more inclusive approach towards urban development, architects and artists at a Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) seminar in the capital on Friday stressed the need for new professionals at the organisation.
Painter Jatin Das, a Padma Bhushan awardee, said, “No artists have been inducted into the commission after Sankho Chaudhuri. It is important that the organisation brings together artistes in their fold.”
Das also pointed to the lack of representations of artists and art historians in the Ministry of Culture since Kapila Vatsyayana, who served as the a cultural advisor to the Ministry. Historian Narayani Gupta emphasised the need to look at ways in which public infrastructure could be made pedestrian-friendly.
DUAC Chairperson Raj Rewal said, “DUAC needs more teeth. Public buildings should carry the names of its architects. Architecture is still a neglected profession. There is a need to bring it into the limelight.”
Members also elaborated on measures taken by the body in the last three years — from site specific designs for wards to rehabilitation of slums and unauthorised colonies, designing highrises to rejuvenation of gardens.