16th Municipalika to address Millennial Architects and pool in city development investors


The 16th Municipalika Exhibition and Conference on Smart and Sustainable city solutions and CAPEx (Construction, Architecture, Planning and Engineering Expo) for Innovative Building Materials and Technologies which is scheduled to happen from February 12-14 also has the first of its kind event for architects, builders, developers, consultants and practitioners that deals with the built environment for Millennials. The exhibition-cum-conference is called ‘Architecture in the age of Millennials’.The Conference will also have an additional segment considering that most of the cities have been looking out for access to additional financial resources through various channels. Hence, a City Development Investment Conclave: Smart Cities, Amrut Cities, PMAY, SBM and other city infrastructure developments are planned at Municipalika. This important session ‘City Development Investment Conclave’ is being held on February 13.


‘Architecture in the age of Millennials’ will cover different sessions such as Millenials@Work, Millenials@PublicSpaces, Millenials@Home, Millenials@Campuses and Millenial Architects: Opportunities and Challenges to deal with emerging built environment of cities. Millennials who are market’s most demanding consumers are also tech-savvy, entrepreneurial and environmentally conscious individuals hence architecture and building materials industries worldwide are gearing to cater to the rising demand.


The first segment Millennials@Work tries to address a good work-life balance. Millennial workspaces are trying to blur the lines between work and play in offices, meeting areas, logistic hubs, new-age factories. It is trying to aim at creating co-working spaces as our country is experiencing a shift in working culture. The key questions to be focussed under the segment are whether Millennials prefer natural and accent lighting or mobile shelving, easy racking for the millennial workforce. It will also emphasise on the noise-free work environment.


The second segment will focus on Millenials@Home highlights that millennials are very particular to choose their living spaces. They want homes that are located in urban heartlands, prefer small-space living, green focussed designs and multipurpose, high utility furniture. The questions in focus are ways to minimise footprint and maximise utility, outdoor spaces for the millennial age, flexibility of space, trends related electrical works, kitchen designs, appliances, furniture and secure spaces for the millennial.


The third segment is Millennials in Public Spaces that focusses on creating unconventional experiences. Comfort, utility, sustainability are some of the top factors that define the millennial preference in public spaces, hotels, parks, movies, theatres etc. The themes in focus are redesigning streets and parks the millennial way, new health designs, new trends in digital spaces, revolutionary and smart parking solutions in large cities and outdoor furniture influencing urban landscapes.


The fourth segment is Millennials on Campus which focusses on educational spaces for the millennials. It calls for technology abled spaces to enable smart learning, digital libraries, video lessons etc. The segment emphasises on modular pre-fabricated spaces, next-gen micro-mobility and connectivity on campuses and HVAC technologies for green living.


The event is being co-curated with Conscious Bengaluru and stands to be an exciting opportunity for thought leaders, including architects, interior designers, engineers, urban designers, planners, construction consultants and real estate players to witness this transformation, discuss and debate the emerging trends into Millennial preferences. The vision address for the session will be given by Peter Murray, London Mayor’s design advocate and curator-in-chief of New London Architecture. The conference will also see the presence of prominent architects like Gauri Gore, Prem Chandavarkar, Anup Naik, Gaurav Rai Choudhary, Arzu Mistry, Srinivasan Murthy, Leena Kumar and other stellar thinkers in the field of architecture.


‘City Development Investment Conclave’ will cover the new and innovative options available from the banking sector, development financing institutions, housing financing institutions, multilateral funding, international investments, bond markets, etc. These are largely needed for capital intensive and long duration projects under Smart Cities, Amrut Cities, Digital Cities to be raised by the governments, local bodies, SPV’s, PPP entities, developers, etc. Housing and building development is yet another sector with an appetite for large funding requirements. The event will take place on 13th February 2020.

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