Vice-President raises doubts about modern structures
New Delhi, Feb. 28 (PTI): Raising questions about the quality of modern
structures, Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, today asked architects
to urgently examine why traditional structures were more secure when
compared with present-day buildings.

"How our architects in the past could build a number of attractive and
memorable structures which stood the test of time? Why can not the same kind
of structures be built today?", he asked presenting the Indian Architecture
Awards here.

Shekhawat asked professionals to adopt modern day practices to reorient
architecture to meet current day needs and added that during an era of
globalisation, the country should not miss its sublime virtues in the field.

Observing that the habitats have not been able to come up to the high
standards of modern society, he regretted that there were are still 26-crore
people living below the poverty line with little access to education, health
care and shelter.

The Architect of the Year award (2001) went to Kishore Trivedi of Rajkot
while Chairman's Award went to Suryakant Patel of Baroda.

Shekhawat also distributed awards to a number of architects including those
from neighbouring countries for their contribution to the profession at a
function organised by JK Cement here.