Hyderabad, Feb 4 IBNS | 11 months ago

Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd (SGGI) recently announced the national winners of 'Transparence 2013', the annual design competition held for students of Architecture and Design, at the Grand Finale held here on Jan 29, 2014.

The event was organized during the annual 56th NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture) 2014 convention.

'Transparence', a competition for students of architecture and interior design is a unique initiative by Saint-Gobain Glass to integrate the student community, architects and the industry.

The event is supported by Gita Balakrishnan run 'Ethos'.

The competition originally being held for Indian students since 2005 was made open for the SAARC nations to participate since 2013.

Held at the NASA Convention 2014, and judged by an eminent jury comprising Ar. Ranjit Sabikhi from Ranjit Sabikhi Architects; Ar. Shahab Ghani Khan from Pakistan and Ar. Mustapha Khalid Palash from Bangladesh, the competition saw Academy of Architecture, Mumbai emerge as the undisputed winner and walk away with a cash prize of Rs. 75,000.

The national Runner up 1, was from IIT-Kharagpur which bagged a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and SPA Vijayawada stood third nationally with a cash award of Rs. 25000.

COMSATS University, Islamabad won the rest of SAARC countries edition of Transparence.

Saint-Gobain also gave away scholarship worth Rs. 3,00,000 for students in the fields of architecture and 3 students from across India received Rs. 100,000 each worth scholarships to pursue activities in the field of architecture ranging from projects on reusing urban waste to modular shelters for street children.

Fourteen colleges took up the theme of Transparence 2013 as studio projects and were awarded books worth Rs. 30,000 per college as aid.

This year, Transparence 2013 required the contestants to design an 'Architecture College' that offers an alternative environment for studying and training to become an architect.

Students were encouraged to design energy-efficient and environment-friendly Architecture College with integrated functionalities and structures that do not compromise on modern educational environment.

Regional rounds for submissions from colleges in India were conducted in the four cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai in November 2013 and 2 colleges from each region in India were selected from over 1200 registrations and over 260 submissions to compete for the Grand Finale.

Apart from selecting the finalists, the regional level awards include, Jury citation award, special recognition award and best studio project award at the regional level.

Speaking on the occasion, R Subramanian, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass India ltd said, "Transparence is Saint-Gobain's innovative response to the changing times - the use of glass as a sustainable material for design is testimony to this. Transparence has always aimed to inspire and motivate the student community to showcase their talent and Transparence 2013 this year, has been a resounding success."

He added that this year Transparence travelled across Indian borders and was open to the SAARC countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Srilanka.

"We are happy to take this spirit which has ignited the passion of the Indian students of architecture to the students of other countries as well," Subramanian added.

He also said, "It is great to witness the budding young architects and designers coming out with fresh and innovative ideas for the industry. This is a big opportunity for students to develop their skills. The overwhelming response from India and the SAARC countries has reinforced our belief that creative young minds need a platform like Transparence to showcase their talent and we will continue to provide this kind of encouragement to the student community."

(Posted on 04-02-2014)

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