V-P asks architects to focus on research, innovation

VIJAYAWADA (AP): Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu today asked architects and planners to strive towards research and innovation to make cities happier and safer while upholding the country’s culture and protecting the nature for a better future.

Addressing the third convocation of the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) here, he wanted the planners to also address the phenomenon of rapid urbanisation and moderate the effects of migration to urban areas.

“One must evolve ways to augment the infrastructure and facilities available in rural and peri-urban areas. There is a need to amalgamate tradition and technology to improve the built environment and also work towards sustainable development.It is important to create amenities in rural areas that are on par with urban centres,” Naidu said.

He, however, cautioned against turning rural areas into concrete jungles, stressing that there should be a perfect blend of modernity and tradition.

It was also important for architects and city planners to uphold “our culture and protect nature for a better future,” he observed. (AGENCIES)