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13:00 - 14:00 24 October 2014

Mindful Buildings


Room 102 | Chadwick Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Himanshu Parikh, obtained his master’s degree in engineering sciences from Cambridge University. He practised in Cambridge for ten years before moving to India in 1982. In India, he has done innovative work in structural engineering as well as in urban planning, environmental upgradation and infrastructure design, with an emphasis on low-income urban and rural areas. His focus is to use water and environmental sanitation infrastructure as a principal catalyst of poverty alleviation. In structures, Parikh has developed the concept of ‘mindful buildings’ based on simplicity, frugality and multiplicity. Currently, he spends most of his time in India on developmental work, teaching intermittently in Ahmedabad and Cambridge.

This talk will focus on the conceptual approach to the structural design of sustainable buildings in terms of simplicity, frugality and multiplicity.

Professor Parikh will look at the current notions of ‘green’ buildings and propose alternative paradigms, especially in the context of emerging nations – though the lessons are universal.


Dr Julia Stegemann
+44 (0)20 7679 7370 | j.stegemann@ucl.ac.uk


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