Design for social innovation

The culture of designing, in general, is reduced in some extent to a habitual pattern, where the designer follows the process as a ritual. The technology available to us today coupled with innovative thinking can help to redefine the design processes to better respond to the ever-changing demands of the market. A discussion on the multitude of possibilities offered by today's technology may effectively lead to efficiency and innovation, including collaborative practices.

Sustainability and livability of cities in developing nations

In the 21st century, sustainability of cities will become a major challenge as 2/3rd of population resides in cities. It is well known that cities are major contributors to climate change due to carbon emission despite occupying 1% of land area. In developing countries livability issues further complicate the scenario. “Metagreen Dimensions” welcome discussions on sustainability and livability issues in cities especially of developing nations. Suggested areas of discussion include Outdoor environmental quality, Carbon footprint, Heat islands, Risk Mapping, Waste management, Active recreation, Urban floods etc.

Performance of Buildings

Performance based building design approach enhances the efficiency of built environment, and is expected to bring positive changes in the urban realm. Along with the performance parameter, the functionality and aesthetics of built environment is also to be addressed. Spectrum of performance criteria ranges from energy efficiency, optimization of material resources; occupant comfort, indoor environmental quality, daylighting etc. are to be incorporated into the design methods.

Green Platform: Process and Policies

We find ourselves in a multifaceted global crisis which is systemic (interconnected and interdependent) and non fragmentable in nature. Green compatibility of the decisions, regulations and policies taken worldwide and a social defence in case of violation of this grassroot democracy is a need of the hour. The six principles of green politics, namely social justice, ecological wisdom, grass-roots democracy, non-violence and respect for diversity should be integrated at various scales into the regulations, rating systems and processes worldwide to generate a global standard.

Conservation and Documentation of Built Heritage

Built heritage embodies traditional and vernacular architectural practices of a region. Traditional architecture is a highly refined combination of codified building crafts. On the other hand, vernacular building methods and materials are rooted in deep understanding of geography, climate, social structure and resource optimization. For the same reason, often, they are the best examples of inherent building performance. There is a need to record, disseminate and revive the potential of such knowledge systems. The convention aims to throw light on such dimensions of built heritage.