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NM Construction Corp. to Build the Largest Sai Temple in North America in Groton

By Deepak Arora

GROTON (MA), June 23: New England Shirdi Sai Parviaar, known as NESSP, which is building the largest Sai temple in the United States and North America, has hired NM Construction Corp. as a general contractor to build the first phase of a two-story, 40,000-square-foot temple in Groton, MA.

Reading, MA-based NM Construction, which has an extensive experience in building religious centers including several Hindu temples, was selected after an exhaustive process of evaluating qualified bids for the project.

“The most important factor NESSP looked in selecting a bid was the experience of the general contractor in building large commercial projects and someone who can do justice to a temple building,” said Mahender Singh, president of NESSP.

Mr. Singh said that NM Construction was selected because its owner and president, Mr. Nalin M. Mistry, has more than three decades of experience in designing and constructing large commercial buildings.

“Most importantly, Nalin M. Mistry has experience in building two Hindu temples in New England,” said Mr. Singh. “The first temple Nalin was involved is New England Hindu Temple of Ashland, MA also called as Laksmi Temple, and second Temple Nalin built was Chinmaya Mission Temple in Andover, MA.”

Mr. Mistry will be teaming up with architect Mr. B.D Nayak of BD Nayak Architects to undertake construction of a 40,000-square-foot Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, which will be constructed in two phases, and once completed would be the largest Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in North America.

The construction of the temple is scheduled to begin on Thursday, June 25, when the clearing of the trees is scheduled to start. NESSP has secured all the necessary building permits. The first phase will be completed by Guru Purnima in July 2016.

NESSP purchased 28 acres of land in December. The first phase of construction of the temple complex will include a temple building, a kitchen, a big dining hall and few community rooms. The second phase will include three residential units for priests and a 500-seat auditorium. The sprawling complex is designed by BD Nayak Architects.

The temple will be located at 719 Great Road in Groton and will be open to everyone and people can hold weddings, ayengetrams and other community and cultural events.

The temple complex will provide a great venue for poojas, learning and weddings where havans in open can be held and barat (wedding party) can come with horses and full festivities like in India.

NESSP currently operates out of a 7,200-square-foot rented facility in Chelmsford, MA, and will relocate to the new facility when it is completed in 2016. The temple acquired the land for $1.14 million and will spend an additional $10 million to build the new complex.

Founded in 2006, New England Shirdi Sai Parviaar (NESSP) is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to promote the philosophy of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba and to accordingly support religious, spiritual, cultural and charitable activities.

NESSP was formed by devotees who share their love for Shri Shirdi Sai Baba and are inspired by His teachings.

Italian Ambassador Lorenzo Angeloni inaugurates Lighting Design conference at GD Goenka University

By Deepak Arora

GURGAON, June 16: Ambassador of Italy Lorenzo Angeloni inaugurated the first-ever Lighting Design conference in the country on Tuesday. The conference with the threme “The Art of Attraction: Lighting Design for Retail Interiors” has been organised by the School of Fashion and Design of India’s leading GD Goenka University.

Over 100 delegates and experts are participating in the conference that brings together international experts to discuss lighting design and technology for the retail and commercial establishments.

Inaugrating the conference, Ambassador Lorenzo Angeloni said that Italy is the Ambassador of Design in the world and Italian designs spurred competition in the world.

Ambassador Angeloni expressed his happiness over the growing education ties between the GD Goenka's School of Fashion and Design and Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Addressing the conference, Prof Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor, GD Goenka University, said new technologies, sustainability and economic development were shifting to rural areas where lighting is more deficient.

Prof Raj Singh said transition to greater LED inclusion is inevitable but Retail isn’t like offices or commercial projects. So chip manufacturers have to realize that the market needs a high light output at an energy consumption level below existing technology to generate the sensible ROI demanded.

Prof Sanjay Gupta, who is also the Dean of the School of Fashion and Design, said that the lighting industry in India is 95 billion rupee worth, growing steadily at 12% CAGR and is expected to maintain this growth rate over the next decade.

Prof Gupta said the growth is being fuelled by rapid development of infrastructure and real state, exponential growth of middle class income and the upsurge of the retail boom across India. At the same time the lighting industry has undergone a huge transformation in terms of technology up gradation, new product innovation, creative lighting design and new areas of application. In addition there has been a strong emphasis on energy conservation and sustainability as lighting alone consumes 18% of the energy generated in India.

The conference Chair is Prof. (Dr.) Sanjay Gupta and the Co-Chair is Prof. (Dr.) Paulette R. Hebert. The Organizing Secretary is Manish Joshi.

The conference has been organized in association with Oklahoma State University, USA; Politecnico di Milano, Italy; UN International Year of Light Celebrations; and supported by ELCOMA.

In her address, Ms Sudeshna Mukhopadhyay, Senior Director, Philips India, said a revolution is happening in the lighting industry. A revolution something similar to what has happened to a mobile. You no longer just use it to make calls. Similarly, lighting would become a newer and better form of communication that would lead to better well-being of a human being.

She said UN Year of Lighting would also help in ending the light poverty in India.

Later, three keynote sessions and Tea with Posters were held. These sessions were addressed by Ashish Dhir of Wisedge Consulting; Dr Amardeep Dugar of Lighting Research & Design; Prof Pauletter Hebert, Dean of Oklahoma State University, USA; Mrinalini Ghadiok, Editor of Mondo Arc; Suresh Sethi of Whirlpool Corporation; Michael Foley, Managing Director of Foley Designs; Preksh Baid of Y Walls and Lyle Lopez of Lirio Lopez Lighting.

GD Goenka University to Host International Conference on Lighting Design

By Deepak Arora

Prof Sanjay GuptaGURGAON, June 14: The School of Fashion and Design of India’s leading GD Goenka University is holding a two-day international conference on the Lighting Design beginning here on Tuesday.

The theme of the conference is “The Art of Attraction: Lighting Design for Retail Interiors”. It aims to bring together international experts to discuss lighting design and technology for the retail and commercial establishments, according to Prof (Dr) Sanjay Gupta, Dean of School of Fashion & Design, GD Goenka University.

The conference Chair is Prof. (Dr.) Sanjay Gupta and the Co-Chair is Prof. (Dr.) Paulette R. Hebert. The Organizing Secretary is Manish Joshi.

Ambassador of Italy Lorenzo Angeloni will inaugurate the conference.

Ambassador Lorenzo AngeloniSome of the international experts who would address the conference include Prof. (Dr.) Paulette R. Hebert from Oklahoma State University, USA; Prof. Arturo Dell'Acqua Bellavitis, Dean of School of Design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Prof Renato Lagana, University degli Studi Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria; Mrinalini Ghadiok from Mondo Arc; Suresh Sethi of Whirlpool Corporation; and Michael Foley of Foley Designs.

Some of the other leading experts include Ashish Dhir, Wisedge Consulting; Dr Amardeep Durga, Lighting Research and Design; Kaustubh Nandurbarkar, Semblance design studio; Preksh Baid, Y Walls; Lyle Lopez, Lirio Lopez Lighting, Satish Gokhale, Design Directions; Amit Gulati Incubis; Amit Gupta, Vis-à-vis; and Devender Kharb and Sonali Pal of GD Goenka University.

Paulette R. HebertProf Sanjay Gupta said the conference offers a communication platform for established lighting designers, researchers, students, manufacturers, developers, architects and related professionals to network, exchange and share knowledge, ideas and new approaches in the field of light and lighting design.

Prof Gupta informed that the lighting industry in India is 95 billion rupee worth, growing steadily at 12% CAGR and is expected to maintain this growth rate over the next decade.

He said the growth is being fuelled by rapid development of infrastructure and real state, exponential growth of middle class income and the upsurge of the retail boom across India. At the same time the lighting industry has undergone a huge transformation in terms of technology up gradation, new product innovation, creative lighting design and new areas of application. In addition there has been a strong emphasis on energy conservation and sustainability as lighting alone consumes 18% of the energy generated in India.

The conference is organized in association with Oklahoma State University, USA; Politecnico di Milano, Italy; UN International Year of Light Celebrations; and supported by ELCOMA.

Prof. Arturo Dell'Acqua BellavitisG.D. Goenka University (GDGU) has emerged as a leading university in Delhi NCR, imparting high quality professional educational programs of international standards and offers courses in Communication, Engineering, Fashion & Design, Hospitality, Humanities & Social Sciences, Architecture & Planning, Law and Management.

Located in Sohna (Gurgaon), the campus of GD Goenka University is known for its best of facilities and equipment including laboratories, learning facilities and high quality IT infrastructure.

The School of Fashion and Design (SoFD) was established in 2013 in strategic collaboration with Politecnico di Milano (PDM Milan, Italy). It offers industry oriented full time design education programs in Product Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Communication Design.

The academic partnership with PDM ensures an unmatched international exposure to the students. There are regular visits of expert Politecnico faculty to the SoFD campus each semester for conducting workshops, as well as visit of SoFD students to Milan to the PDM campus and participating in workshops and exchange programs with the Politecnico di Milano campus in Milan (Italy).

Lighting And The Art of Attraction

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Dr Sanjay GuptaNEW DELHI, June 14: The recent onslaught of online retailing has pushed the brick and mortar retailers on to the backseat both in terms of newspaper coverage and the store footfall. Thanks to the unprecedented rise of social media in recent times, human interaction has become increasingly abstracted and virtual. The ‘interaction’ has brought with it ‘transaction’. E-commerce has emerged as a natural extension offering almost a perfect package with competitive pricing, convenience in terms of where and when you can shop, and allegedly a reduced environmental impact.

Its equally certain however that the physical point of sale is not about to go away anywhere anytime soon. That said, it’s also certain that they would need to be reimagined and redesigned. Traditional retailers are already working on enhancing the consumer experience and brand value – not only to compete with online shopping but maybe also to play a supporting role. The question is how do you make real-time, physical retail shops attractive when everything’s cheaper on the Internet?

Its also important to realize that the face of retail has changed in one another way, with customer buying behavior being led more by desire (hedonic) than need (utilitarian). More attention must therefore be paid to making the retail space predominantly emotional rather than objective. Built environments have the ability to elicit emotional and even intellectual responses from people. The multi-sensorial character of a physical retail presence is a characteristic that an online store cannot ever match. Brands are now relooking at using this characteristic as an opportunity to attract customers by creating brand experiences using forms, colors, textures, and other elements. Besides retail spaces, commercial/service establishment including offices, hotels, museums, hospital and even general supermarkets would need to apply these principals to deliver their intended purposes.

In such spaces, where this multi-sensorial theatre of stimulus is placed, lighting plays a central role. There is in fact a direct correlation between creative use of light and the art of attraction.

Lighting: Its Effect on People and Spaces

Research shows 80 per cent of the sensory information the brain receives coming from our eyes, and that Light not only influences our emotions, cognition and spatial perception but has a direct influence on our mood as well. By highlighting architectural elements & product qualities and creating virtual spaces, lighting directly impacts how we feel, what we think of a product, and ultimately, whether we purchase or not.

Smarter retailers have always known that quality lighting enhances the perception of value of both the retailed product and the environments in which it is sold.

Lighting works in many ways. Higher CRI of quality lighting renders colors more vividly, thereby enhancing the surfaces of fabrics and clothing, furniture, food, jewelry and even people. These lights can render skin tones and hair in a more flattering light which is especially important in apparel and jewelry retailing as well as in hospitality, where the positive effects of socializing is enhanced when people look better. Consumer behavior in retail areas is influenced significantly by perception and a sense of wellbeing. Proper lighting makes consumers comfortable, and consumers who are comfortable tend to stay longer in that environment and shop more. Colour and temperature of light is used to create a specific mood for a store that is an integral part of the brand image of the retailer, and enhances not only products but also the entire experience of the store.

How do you light an electronic store? How do you light a luxury goods showroom? How does the lighting affect our perception of space? How can lighting make a space enjoyable, or persuade you to spend time there? Two brand examples that use lighting in this particularly consistent way are Apple and Louis Vuitton.

Apple highlights its identity as a high-tech, state-of-the-art brand through large back illuminated surfaces with cold colored, highly uniformed no-glare diffused lighting giving perception of a clean, modern, up-to-the-minute environment. Louis Vuitton, on the other hand, uses warm-toned atmospheric lighting and accentuated shelf-lighting systems to create an exclusive atmosphere that leaves customers feeling secure and pampered.

Is Lighting design an art or a science?

What’s true for designing of built environments is that while the designers are usually concerned about the aesthetics (or the art of lighting), lighting design also means using an enormous body of technical knowledge and new technology (or the science of lighting). Also very importantly, lighting design require an understanding of the need for health & safety, and the economics & the environment.

To implement a successful lighting solution, we must fully understand the issues involved. The design issues involved are appearance of space and luminaries, color appearance, daylighting integration and control, glare, light distribution, luminance of room surfaces, modeling of faces or objects, points of interest, shadows, source/task/eye geometry, desirable reflected highlights, surface characteristics, system control, solution flexibility, and level of illumination for specific tasks. Selection of luminaires require an understanding of criteria like colour values, intensity, temperatures, energy efficiency, and even the visual design of the luminaire.

Lighting Design: an evolving specialization

The lighting industry in India is 95 billion rupee worth, growing steadily at 12% CAGR and is expected to maintain this growth rate over the next decade. The growth is being fuelled by rapid development of infrastructure & real state, exponential growth of middle class income and the upsurge of the retail boom across India. At the same time the lighting industry has undergone a huge transformation in terms of technology upgradation, new product innovation, creative lighting design and new areas of application. In addition there has been a strong emphasis on energy conservation and sustainability as lighting alone consumes 18% of the energy generated in India.

The demand for lighting professionals has therefore been growing by leaps & bound and a variety of professionals’ i.e. the architect, interior designers, electrical engineer, facility manager, interior designer, landscape architect, or even an urban planner have been functioning as lighting designer. The profession ‘Lighting Designer’ is still relatively small however and at the latest count in the country their number may be just above 40. In this scenario, it makes sense for more designers, developers, manufacturers, practitioners, educators and implementers to learn more about the trends in the retail lighting sector.

@ Dr Sanjay Gupta is the Dean, GD Goenka School of Design

Rock Garden creator Nek Chand passes away

Nek ChandCHANDIGARH, June 12: Rock Garden creator and Padma awardee Nek Chand Saini, 90, breathed his last on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday at PGI. He died of cardiac arrest at 12.10 am.

Nek Chand was born in Berian Kalan village, now in Pakistan on December 15, 1924. He emigrated to India with his family and settled in Chandigarh in 1950. It's here that his transformation from a public transport official to creative genius acclaimed the world over took place.

His death comes days before his 40 figurative mosaic sculptures were to be put on display for the first time in the UK Pallant House Gallery in the charming setting of historic Chichester (West Sussex) from June 13 to October 25. The works are on loan from the Nek Chand Foundation in London.

Pursuing a vision, Nek Chand started off by clearing an area of jungle on the city's outskirts. He amassed stones, bricks and materials retrieved from the city's rubbish heaps in order to construct the Rock Garden. Today this extends over two hectares and is adorned by several hundred sculptures lined up on a series of terraces, arches, waterfalls and winding paths.

In 1972, the municipal authorities discovered this environmental marvel, and decided to provide a team of labourers and financial support to enable him to continue his work. The site, which came to be known as the Rock Garden, was officially recognised in 1976, and is a key tourist attraction of Chandigarh.

His son Anuj Saini said that he was admitted in a private hospital after reports of medical tests indicated problems but was shifted to PGI on Thursday evening after his condition worsened.

His body will be kept at the Rock Garden, a fairyland he had created out of waste material so that his fans can pay tributes for at least a day.

 



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