Visit of French architects to India
“The French approach to the Sustainable City” seminar – as part of “Smart Cities India 2015” exhibition – was held on Thursday, 21st May 2015, at Pragati Maidan.
New Delhi, 20 May 2015
A delegation of world renowned French architects is in India from 20th to 25th May 2015 to visit a series of cities, including Delhi and surrounding areas (Noida, Gurgaon), Chandigarh and Navi Mumbai. As part of their visit, the delegation will meet potential partners: local authorities and decision makers, experts in urban development, investors and real estate developers.
The architects also presented their expertise during the “The French approach to the Sustainable City” seminar – as part of “Smart Cities India 2015” exhibition organised by Exhibitions India Group from 20th to 22th May 2015 –, which was held on Thursday, 21st May 2015, at Pragati Maidan.
The largest French architecture offices, supported by the French National Agency for the Internationalisation of the French economy (Business France) and the French Architects Association for Export (AFEX), elaborated on their most important projects executed in India until now and perspective on urban planning in the context of rapid growth of urban population.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France on 9-12 April 2015, President François Hollande increased the target of French Development Agency (AFD)’s new commitments from €1 billion to €2 billion to support projects throughout India related to sustainable development and urban issues.
Furthermore, during this official visit, the two countries launched a range of cooperation initiatives to promote and preserve the unique heritage of the two countries including an arrangement for training of Indian heritage professionals related to museums, exchange of best practices, training and deployment of experts in the area of underwater archaeology, inclusion of heritage preservation as an area of cooperation within the ambit of the JWG on Urban Development, an arrangement for twinning of historical monuments and sites and finally, arrangements for cooperation between architecture schools for training, joint research and exchange of students and faculty