Autodesk organized an online competition ‘BUILDSMART’ to inspire sustainable designs in architecture and construction, which received extensive participation from architects, engineers and designers in India. The winning project fulfilled requirements of designing and conceptualizing a smart building using Autodesk Revit. The Jaipur based architect Arushi Bafna, proposed an efficient, cost-effective and functionally viable housing unit idea – an open space design plan which will use locally available material, and will be ideal for any Koliwada in Mumbai.
The jury for ‘BUILDSMART’, comprised of Ms. Gita Balakrishnan, founder and owner of Ethos India, Mr. Bimal Patwari, CEO of Pinnacle Infotech, and Mr. Sunil MK, Head of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Autodesk, India & SAARC.

The winner, Ms. Arushi Bafna, is a young achiever in the field of architecture, interior design and furniture design, believes that Architecture is an applied art, driven by the theory of materials. She said, “Through BUILDSMART Autodesk provided a platform to conceptualize and design a smart building; “SMART” not only in terms of different looking but in its functionality as well. Hence, I created a house for a Koliwada in Mumbai, by using Autodesk Revit- which makes the design functionally effective. The house I developed meets the demands of Koliwada community and, is reflective of all the criteria’s required to build a “SMART” and cost effecting building.”

Sunil M.K, Head of AEC, Autodesk, India & SAARC said, “BUILDSMART is a perfect example of how creative thinking, coupled with Autodesk’s cutting-edge design and visualization technologies, can help architects and planners create sustainable design solutions. We are excited to witness the response to this initiative, which further goes on to prove that the new generation of professionals have the creativity and capability to use modern technologies like Revit, and create unique, efficient designs.”
BUILDSMART, received online designs submissions from various architects, engineers and designers across India, for two design topics: (I) A green, smart and sustainable architectural design and (II) 3D digital model of building for a smart city. Participants used Autodesk Revit, a BIM (Building Information Modeling) tool to conceptualize, develop, collaborate and design their projects.

About BUILDSMART: A unique initiative by Autodesk to inspire, enable and establish a ‘design-first’ mindset and attitude in the present and future generations of architects, engineers and designers. It highlights the capabilities and possibilities of leveraging 3D design technologies to create the world of future that is Green, Smart and Sustainable. For Further details, refer to Link

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