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Chennai, Feb. 27

Transparence, a competition that brings students into mainstream architecture, aims to increase awareness of the potential of glass in architecture.

According to Mr B. Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd, which organised the competition, a product for all seasons - that is glass.

When asked about trends in glass usage, Mr Santhanam said glass usage in architecture has more than doubled in value globally. Mr Hafeez Contractor, a leading architect based in Mumbai and a member of the jury in Transparence, cuts in, if you ask about glass usage as a trend. "You have not understood glass," he retorts.

The past is no indicator, he says. Glass can soon replace 75 per cent of the building material in walls and roofs. "The future is glass, glass, glass," according to Mr Contractor.

Mr Santhanam said that there has been a shift in glass usage. "Form and function are blending' whereas earlier it was only in aesthetics. Glass can control sunlight, save energy, and look beautiful."

It is to give architecture students a feel of the modern that Transparence was conducted, apart from highlighting their talent. Saint-Gobain is considering making Transparence a regular event, he said.

According to Saint-Gobain release, the architectural design award was won jointly by the Arulmigu Meenakshi Amman College, Kanchipuram, and IIT, Roorkee. The interior design award was won by Jadhavpur University.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 28, 2006)
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