Smart Buildings

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

February 21 (LBO) – Following the rapid spread of urbanization in Sri Lanka, local architects say more efficient and economical design methods must be adopted. In the field of architecture in Sri Lanka, there has not been any serious deliberation on sustainability, says Chandana Edirisuriya, Vice President Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA).

In South Asia where rapid urbanization is in progress, architects say design concepts must be very efficient and economic to build and the design should make efficient use of material, services and limited resources.

Challenges such as global warming and environmental degradation are a result of unsustainable urban development, says Jeremy Harris, former mayor of Honolulu – rated as one of the most sustainable cities.

We simply have not been building out cities in a sustainable way. Architects have to be responsible for the entire built environment, Harris said in Colombo, while on a visit to attend a national conference on architecture, being held in Sri Lanka.

Architects have to be concerned about the energy systems, utility systems and the waste management to make a design sustainab