Prof. Dr. Techn. Peter Schreibmayer, Technical University of Graz, Austria honoured with IAHH Gold Medal for life-time contribution to humane habitat movement
Dr. Peter Schreibmayer, Technical University of Graz, Austria was honoured with the 1st IAHH Gold Medal of the International Association for Humane Habitat (IAHH) for life-time contribution for the development of humane habitat movement. He said “Humane habitat thrives on individual creativity and drive, on the little interventions, changes and improvements that are feasible by the people. This is grass-roots urbanism, where citizens start to make the city their own and to change it in the little steps.”
Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Founder President IAHH said Prof. Peter Schreibmayer has been involved with research in experimental architecture, elementary vernacular architecture and innovative building construction. He has conducted joint study programmes with Rizvi College of Architecture on the issues of earthquake resistant rural housing in Latur district and slum housing and community development in Mumbai. “We are greatly indebted to Prof. Schreibmayer for his immense contribution in promoting the cause of humane architecture, appropriate and innovative technologies in building construction, affordable housing and sustainable development. This bridge of friendship between Austria and India will be used by students and architects of both the countries in years to come “said Prof. Chauhan.
E.Prof. Madhav Deobhakta, Immediate Past President World Society of Ekistics said that it was a well-deserved award and a great honour for a professor who has been a humble, mild-mannered and soft speaking person and an inspiring teacher through-out his long academic career. Architect Divya Kush, President of Indian Institute of Architects congratulated Prof. Schreibmayer and said that he has inspired new generations of architectural students world-over through his academic collaboration in different countries.
Ar. Martina Spies, Art University of Vienna, Austria who has been working in the slums of Mumbai and has been engaging with the local citizens to design and construct play spaces in and around the slum communities. She presented her technical paper focusing on the issue of lack of adequate open spaces in the city. “As a result 55% of the children in the age-group of five and seven prefer spending time with electronic gadgets than playing outside. This may have long term adverse effect on their physical and intellectual growth” she said. She was overjoyed with the IAHH Gold Medal award to Prof. Peter Scheibmayer.
Rizvi College of Architecture hosted the 18th International conference on humane habitat (ICHH) at the college premises. The theme of the conference was “Innovating humane habitats in a digital era for a sustainable future.” The participants included architects, educators, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, social scientists, environmental consultants.36 papers were presented at the conference, which was attended by 300 delegates and students.
Along with the conference, the 14th IAHH International Student Design Competition was held. The theme dealt with designing of an affordable home that can be used as a typology to develop a neighbourhood and evolve a sustainable community in an existing city. The first prize was won by Miss Eingeel Khan, a student of architecture of Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. The Second and the Third prize were won by two groups of students from Siddaganga School of Architecture, Tumkur, Karnataka, India. The jury consisted of Prof. M.N. Ashish Ganju, New Delhi; Architect Martina Spies, Vienna and Architect Biju Kuriakose, Chennai. The results were declared by Prof. Anand Achari, Technical Coordinator of the competition.
Prof. Akhtar Chauhan
Convener, ICHH 2016
Founder President, IAHH
Director, Rizvi College of Architecture
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