Cybertecture is the 21st century version of architecture

Written by Mona Mehta | Updated: Oct 5 2009, 09:18am hrs
Hong Kong-based James Law Cybertecture International, which offers services including architecture, master planning, interiors, multi-media, information technology and strategic planning, based on a first-of-its-kind platform called 'Cybertecture', is currently designing and building about 2 million sq ft of projects mainly centered in Mumbai that will be completed in the next two years. James Law, chairman and chief cybertecta, James Law Cybertecture International, spoke to Mona Mehta on being commissioned by dozens of Indian builders to put forward the concept of planetary cybertecture. Excerpts

What is the concept of cybertecture and how is this concept evolving in India in sync with the global trend

Cybertecture is the 21st century version of architecture. Conventional architecture combined with technology and new innovations allow cybertecture to higher performance than conventional architecture. This is especially applied for the better use of energy, recycling of resources, greater intelligence of the building, etc. Applied in buildings designed for India, the concept of cybertecture will allow Indian buildings to be ahead of global trends. Buildings of the future will be typified by technology, multimedia, intelligence and interactivity. Only by recognising this will we bring a new form of architecture to light, namely cybertecture. James Law were commissioned by Vijay Associates (Wadhwa Developers) to create an office "unlike any other" in Mumbai. The response is an egg-shaped building that will accommodate 13 floors of offices and is stated as bringing together iconic architecture, environmental design, intelligent systems, and new engineering to create an awe-inspiring landmark in the city.

Tell us about the advantages of cybertecture over conventional architecture

Cybertecture ultilises the latest innovations in technology and concepts to create new buildings that can perform at a higher and broader level than conventional architecture. Our buildings are intelligent enough to "know and talk" to occupants, take care of their health, deal with energy use in the building by having sensors that know how best to modulate systems, interact with value-added services to empower people to live, work or play in a more powerful way. Conventional architecture is restricted to conventional spaces of concrete, steel and glass. Cybertecture goes beyond by ultilising the 21st century materials of data, intelligence and information technology.

How many cybertecture residential, commercial and engineering projects are expected to come up in India in the next two years

We are currently designing and building about 2 million sq ft of projects mainly centered in Mumbai that will be completed in the next two years.

How much has cybertecture International invested in India and what are the long-term investment plans of Cybertecture International

We have invested several million dollars to set up our operations in India and are investing long term to make James Law Cybertecture International the de facto company that will design, build and plan advanced and intelligent buildings and cities of India in the next 20 years.

What are the main challenges Cybertecture International is facing in India in launching cybertecture

The main challenges include education and understanding of the concept of cybertecture. For established developers, builders and local governments, the old conventional architecture may seem enough. Only when they become aware of the potentials of cybertecture will they know that this is the only way India can accelerate long-term development of much needed infrastructure.