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IIA proposes measures to promote and preserve city

Recommending a common controlling authority for Chandigarh and its periphery for landscape planning...

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
April 7, 2010 2:16:06 am

Recommending a common controlling authority for Chandigarh and its periphery for landscape planning,the Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) proposed several measures to the UT Administration on Tuesday,to promote and preserve the landscape design of the city.

Eminent architects and town planners spoke at the Indo Australian symposium on Landscape architecture,organised by the Chandigarh-Punjab chapter of IIA,in association with the University of Western Australia,Perth and Alumni Association of Chandigarh College of Architecture at the Government Museum and Art Gallery,Sector 10,today.

Also included in the recommendations were creation of two more leisure valleys along the Sukhna Choe and Patiali-Ki-Rao and making the rain water harvesting compulsory in the city. “Landscape committee of Chandigarh has stopped functioning for the last one decade. This committee of experts should be reconstituted,” said Chapter chairman Surinder Bahga,who delivered the key note address in the symposium. Experts also stressed that Capitol Complex should be nicely landscaped and made accessible to the public.

“The popular conception of landscape design has been that it is a profession confined to private gardens and parks. But with the growing imbalance in ecosystems and global warming,the role of landscape design has become all the more important,” said Bahga. Expressing concern on the way gardens like the Rose Garden have started to look jaded due to lack of proper maintenance,Bahga recommended that landscaping and maintenance of all parks in the city should be handed over to private agencies.

Earlier,chief guest at the Symposium,UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas said the Administration is developing Valley of Springs and Garden of Conifers in the southern sectors of Chandigarh. “The funds have already been sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism. Patiali-ki-Rao rivulet and three lakes at Dhanas offer good potential for development. So we should have holistic landscape plan for Chandigarh,” he said.

During the day,key speakers were Prof Christopher Vernon,an associate professor in the Faculty of Architecture,Landscape and Visual Art at the University of Western Australia. He spoke on Australian and Indian Capital Connections and discussed the capital cities of Pretoria (South Africa),Canberra (Australia) and New Delhi (India). He emphasised on the contributions made by Australian landscape architects,Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin,who designed the Australian capital city,Canberra.

“The duo had also made considerable contribution to India’s landscape architecture,as they worked in Lucknow in 1935-37 and Walter Burley died in Lucknow.

In fact,the architecture of the Griffins in Lucknow should be preserved as it is of heritage importance,” he said.

Dr Minakshi Jain,Professor,department of Architecture,National Institute of Technology (NIT),Hamirpur spoke on Effective Landscapes – images and perceptions. She deliberated on the natural and manmade landscapes in different geographical areas of India. Other prominent architects like Jit Gupta,Director,College of Architecture,Bhaddal and Archana Chaudhary,Architect,Housing Board Haryana chaired the technical sessions.

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