Alok Shetty, an internationally acclaimed architect and founder of the Bhumiputra Architecture delivered a speech at the NASA 60th convention held at DCSMAT at Vagamon. He, who was chosen by the Time Magazine as one among the “Young Leaders of Tomorrow”, shared his journey as an architect. He won the competition for designing a hospital at the age of 20, which was his first successful, internationally acclaimed project. Now he has turned as a world-known designer of affordable houses. The National War Museum, residential complex, residential schools, hotels, cement factory, steel plants, Bengal Football Stadium and slum housing are important projects of the Bhumiputra.
Shetty explained in each and every project, he would see the most important issues and would try to sole them out with the simplest solutions. We have to find out the most abundant material available for construction. While elaborating his world-famous affordable house projects, he said the project actually started with child adoptation programme of one child. While the number of children adopted increased, his team decided to have a survey in the slum where construction workers, migrant labourers live and move every five years. They face evictions at any time, so we have decided to try on some materials, which can be assembled and dismantled easily. That is how his team has succeeded in our affordable housing projects after many trials. The Prime Minister’s office has now sanctioned Rs 150 crore rupees to build more affordable houses. We use materials mostly from waste materials. Shetty also explained many of his achievements as an architect and designer with the help of visuals.