World Wood Day, a day dedicated to highlight and raise awareness to the significance of wood and its sensible uses in construction and design.

To recognize the importance and limitless possibilities of wood in architecture and design, SURFACES REPORTER (SR) and PLY REPORTER (PR) has come together celebrate WORLD WOOD DAY 2021 in association with The Centre for Green Building Materials and Technology (CGBMT), Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST) and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRI) and esteemed panellists, Ar Neelam Manjunath, Dr MP Singh and Dr Benny Kuriakose.

Dr. Benny Kuriakose is a Conservation Architect /Designer with projects ranging from Residential, Resorts, Institutional projects, noted for his sustainable practices and work with natural materials like Timber, Stone and Brick. In his quest as a creative person, Benny Kuriakose has travelled diverse paths and translated the philosophy of his mentor Laurie Baker many times over. A retrospective of his work reflects his perseverance to transform those same concepts of cost-effectiveness, conservation and sustainable architecture, in several sequences, whether it be in his designs for personal or public spaces.

Dr. Kuriakose will be sharing a brief presentation on ‘Timber in Architecture’

Ar Neelam Manjunath is the CEO & Founder of the Centre for Green Building Materials and Technology, as well as Manasaram Architects, Bangalore. She is also the Chairperson of, Karnataka Chapter of the Bamboo Society of India. She is an architect, planner, scientist, activist, theoretician with degrees both in Science and Architecture. She has been advocating the usage of sustainable materials and technologies and her conviction for using Bamboo as a sustainable material is seen in all her projects and her commendable works have earned her several national and international awards.

Ar. Neelam Manjunath will share a brief presentation on “Bamboo is the New Wood”

Dr. M P Singh (IFS) is the current Director of Indian Wood Science Institute (IWST) and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education. His former role was as Director of IPIRTI (Indian Plywood Industries Research And Training Institute).

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