The architectural character of buildings in Goa should be promoted to maintain the state's identity instead of diluting it with alien features, opined speakers at the recent centenary year celebration of the annual foundation day organised by the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) - Goa Chapter. 

Speaking at the open forum on the theme "Recapping 100 years — past, present and design for a better future", minister for town and country planning, Vijai Sardesai, said that the architecture of a place is a reflection of the political era of the place. "Let 'Goenkarponn' lead to the promotion of the architectural character of buildings in Goa," he said. 

Architect Manguesh R Prabhugaonker, chairman - IIA Goa chapter, said architectural features like glass houses are becoming common in the state's building landscape. "Glass houses are completely alien to our place and architecture," he said.

Senior architect Bruno Sousa said that development is not just about creating infrastructure. Whenever there is an investment in some field, it should have a revenue-generating mechanism by understanding the needs of the local community needs, he said.