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Source: HT City, 29.04.15, Page No; 3
Pearl Academy, India’s leading design, fashion and business institute closed the two-day annual property – PORTFOLIO’13 with exhibitions which manifested captivating creations of the graduating batch.
The show focused on work done by the Communication Design, Interior Architecture Design, Textile Design and Fashion Design batches.
Mr. Sharad Mehra, CEO, Pearl Academy, said, “PORTFOLIO 2013 has exceeded the expectations that we have from our students. Our mentors are constantly working with the students to achieve a high level of academic excellence which has become synonymous with Pearl. We are proud to have successfully organized a show at this level.”
The final day of PORTFOLIO’13, began with the inauguration ceremony by ace designers Mira and Muzzafar Ali. “Portfolio is an excellent way of showcasing work and connecting with audiences. We are to see the budding talent and are thrilled to experience the deft craft exhibited.
“Communication designs students have put together some commendable projects and we would be ecstatic to see these coming alive”, they added. The opening ceremony entailed a colossal exhibition and a series of ramp-shows.
Work of meritorious students was commended with an award ceremony which was witnessed by industry leaders and Guests of Honor Sunil Sethi, Vineet Bahl and David Abraham.
The students engendered some breathtaking designs inspired by Narnia, Ganjifa- an art practiced in Orissa, ying yang and exotic insects among many others. The show also saw some interesting pieces by the Communication Design batch. The students of this batch reflected work inspired by pressing issues that are faced by the Indian society in a sensitive manner.
Mr. Sunil Sethi, President-Fashion Design Council of India, said, “I am delighted to have experienced fresh new insights from the promising students of Pearl. Platforms like Portfolio make our work as industry players easy as we are always looking for new talent which would fit well with our brands.”
Mr. David Abhraham, Creative Director-Abraham & Thakore, said, “It was a pleasure being a part of this event. Portfolio exceeded expectations with designs which left us spell-bound and wanting more.”
Vineet Bahl, renowned Fashion Designer, said, “As a designer I look for people who understand fashion and justify their theme. Portfolio was a refreshing experience since these students surpassed the common standards.”
The second day of PORTFOLIO’13 brought forth creativity of students from uniquely structured courses like Fashion Design, Communication Design, Interior Architecture & Design and Textile Design through a colossal exhibition and a gala ramp show attended by major players of the fashion industry such as Rahul Misra, Ranna Gill, Pawan Sachdeva, et al.
Sunil Mehra was recognized for his contribution towards ‘Menswear couture in India’. “This award is an inspiration for all to come up here someday, so this is not just for me but for all of us to share”, he added.
From Nick Glass, CNN
Jaipur, India (CNN) — How did buildings keep cool before the invention of air conditioning? As architects consider how to reduce the energy demands of new builds, some are turning to the past for simple, low-tech solutions.
At the height of summer, in the sweltering industrial suburbs of Jaipur, Rajasthan in north-west India, where temperatures can hit 45C Pearl Academy of Fashion remains 20 degrees cooler inside than out, by drawing on Rajasthan’s ancient architecture.
While the exterior appears very much in keeping with the trends of contemporary design, at the base of the building is a vast pool of water — a cooling concept taken directly from the stepwell structures developed locally over 1,500 years ago to provide refuge from the desert heat.
Award-winning architect Manit Rastogi, who designed the academy, explains that baoli — the Hindi word for stepwell — are bodies of water encased by a descending set of steps.
“When water evaporates in heat, it immediately brings down the temperature of the space around it,” he says.
While traditional stepwells often go many stories below ground level, Rastogi’s go down just four meters. However, the effect is the same and — like the ancient Mughal palaces before it — the academy enjoys its own microclimate. Rastogi wonders: “How did they think up something so elaborate and yet so simple in its basic philosophy?
“How do you begin to think that you can dig into the ground and use the earth as a heat sink, have access to water, put a pavilion into it so that its comfortable through the year? It takes a lot of technology for us to think up something that simple now.”
But it’s not just the stepwells that are involved in this process of “passive cooling” — the general term applied to technologies or design features that cool buildings without power consumption.
The whole building is raised above the ground on pillars, creating an airy and shaded pavilion that is used as a recreation and exhibition space. Here, according to Rastogi, the walls are made from a heat-absorbing material that creates a “thermal bank” — so the warmth is slowly released at night when the temperature drops.
Centuries ago, latticed screens or “jaali” filtered direct sunlight into the palaces. The effect was decorative and helped reduce the heat. Likewise at The Pearl Academy, a latticed concrete screen runs the length of the building and provides a cooling outer skin.
“We’ve been able to demonstrate that good green building is not only cheaper to run; it’s not only more comfortable to live in — it’s also cheaper to build,” says Rastogi.
The success of the academy’s eco-design has had an impact. Regulations — based on these passive cooling techniques — were introduced last year for all new Indian government buildings.