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HP goes ahead in time with architects

New Delhi, India: Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced the winners of its online national design contest Skyline 2020, at an award ceremony held in New Delhi. The team winning the national award hails from Pune and comprises of Anto Gloren and Sayali Athale.

Skyline 2020 created a gateway to open up infinite latent possibilities which can transform cities and alter the way future generations experience the city through the lens of its skyline. The competition saw participation from over 600 professionals and students from all across India. Present at the event were Guayente Sanmartin, Director- Designjet Business, HP Asia Pacific & Japan, Puneet Chadha – Director, Graphics Solutions Business, HP IPG India as well as jury member and keynote speaker Sen Kapadia along with other players from architecture and design industry.

Architecture industry in India is on the verge of an explosive growth which can be credited to the construction boom. The role of architects is constantly evolving as they design and supervise the construction of various types of buildings and structures keeping in mind the primary considerations of stability, utility and beauty. Also the growth of infrastructure in India today is phenomenal. With HP providing large format printing for demanding professionals and market leaders in large format printing — from architecture to construction, manufacturing and civil engineering to GIS –it initiated the thought of supporting the young creative minds to experiment with the technology available and explore the new ways of designing beyond the limits though Skyline 2020.

The contestants submitted their designs online between April and Augusts 2010 and were judged by an eminent jury of renowned architects. From winning team, Sayali is a final year student at Marathwada Mitramandal’s College of Architecture, Pune. She is currently interning at the INTACH office in Pondicherry. Anto graduated from Marathwada Mitramandal’s College of Architecture last year and is now working on various industrial and office projects in collaboration with two other architects. Both of them together received an HP Designjet Large Format Printer and an HP Workstation for their winning entry.

Speaking on architecture trends and HP’s involvement, Guayente Sanmartin said, “Design and architecture segment is burgeoning especially in India and this is majorly due to the construction boom which creates assets worth over Rs 20,000 crore every year. HP Designjet’s engagement with the architecture and design community allows it to take a leadership role in defining the technical tools and resources that this community needs. Also, by engaging these students early in their careers, it allows us to place HP solutions in their hands when they are still learning, thus helping us to better understand their needs which will helps us to continue being the most preferred digital printing solutions provider.”  

Talking about the contest, Puneet Chadha added, “This competition is a reflection of HP’s support to nurture the next generation of architecture professionals and support them with the best products and services. We certainly have some brilliant creative thinkers in this country and HP is proud to support these Awards.”

Source: Hewlett-Packard