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AASTHA SINGH Landscape Architecture is not about the regular user anymore. The new user is a Global Citizen. This Global Citizen is rejecting and redefining her identity, and consequently the way that she relates to the spaces around her. Landscape Architecture derives from the words and theories established by personalities such as McHarg, Jane Jacobs, Frederick Law Olmsted, and William H. Whyte, by either adhering to them or defying them. Their theories are the ones that inform the way we think and design. However, their very core is at the risk of becoming obsolete as the relationship between space and its user is changing. The elements that activate a public space are no more water bodies and artworks, but technology and symbols of modernity. At a time when our core user is a multi-tasker, it is becoming increasingly imperative that even our physical spaces multi-task. Simultaneously, the changing world economy has created a new form of urbanism, especially in the postcolonial neo-liberal cities. It is time that we bring deconstructivism to landscape architecture, not only to redefine and readapt its core elements (seating benches, play areas, etc.) but also to explore and understand the changing relationships within the discipline to create a new semantic for landscape architecture. It is this new semantic that I strive to explore. Instead of fighting a battle against modernity, I want to find that nirvana where the beauty of our past and the promise of our future find harmony.


education MSLA, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, USA B.Arch, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India

academic work MS Thesis | Exploring new forms of urban design in the Post-colonial Neo-liberal city using the Paranoid-Critical Method by Salvador Dali, using the works of Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind and Bernard Tschumi Thesis Advisor : Prof. Peter Aeschbacher Research Assistant | Case Study Investigation for Landscape Performance Series | LAF

2016 - 2018 2007 - 2012

2016-2018

SP/ SU 2018

Research Fellow : Prof. Lisa DuRussel | LAF webinar: https://vimeo.com/283510639

Research Assistant | Gowanus Roofscapes, a typological research of drainage conditions in Brooklyn Research Fellow : Prof. Jennifer Birkeland + Jonathan A. Scelsa with Andrea Kelly Graduate Assistant | Dept. of Landscape Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University

professional work Senior Architect | Integral Design, New Delhi, India

Responsibilities: Landscape conceptualization, design development, coordinating

services, creating budget estimates and schedule of items, curating vendors, creating

construction drawings, and site coordination during construction.

Prof. Samir Mathur, MLA, ASLA

softwares | proficient

softwares | working knowledge

AutoCAD

ArcGIS

Google Sketchup Pro

Rhino

Lumion 3D

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop / InDesign

3DS Max

FA 2016

2016-2018

2012 - 2016


CONTENTS

Professional Work

Academic Work

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Grand Spa condominiums

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Beachside Resort for Planet Hollywood, Uttorda, Goa

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Mixed use project at Neemrana, Rajasthan

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Case Study Investigation for Land Performance Series | LAF

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Landscape re-Vitalization and mu for the Community Centre at Cha

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Urban design exercise for “aero-c the Indira Gandhi International Ai

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High-density high-rise residentia Lucknow, UP, India


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Other Work pg 28

ultiplex design anakyapuri, New Delhi

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city� coming up near irport, New Delhi

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al project,

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Architectural Photography

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Nature Photography

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Professional Assignment

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Professional Work

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01 Grand Spa Condominiums Location : Area : Status :

Sector 81, Gurgaon 15 acres Completed

Being developed as a high-end housing, the landscape design was conceptualized to provide usable spaces for all age groups to make it a coherent housing. The aim was to create a large expansive green in the centre to respond to the architectural scale, while still being able to create more intimate greens in the smaller open spaces between the towers. The larger spaces were designed for active recreation while the more intimate spaces focussed on passive recreation. The central spine, which divides the overly large greens, bifurcatres on one side to create a large, but shallow water feature to manage the microclimate of the landscape area as a response to the extremely hot and arid climate. The scope of work included conceptualization, design development, coordianting services, creating budget estimates and schedule of items, shortlisting and finalizing vendors, creating construction drawings, and site coordiantion during the constrcution stage.

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Site Photographs

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Complete drone footage of the project can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA3kKJO5MBk (credits: ParwezKPhotography.com) 10


ation from concept to finished landscape

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02 Planet Hollywood Location : Area : Status :

Uttorda, Goa 1.09 acres Phase 1 Completed

From its genesis, the intent for the landscape design of this project was to achieve the flamboyance and vibrance of hospitality design while responding to the (cultural identity) local and cultural history at the same time. The design language for this project was a fusion of vernacular style with contemporary art. The open spaces were created in a manner that they followed a heirarchy of public and private spaces. The unbuilt spaces defined the spatial built through the use of tropical planting coupled with ambient lighting to create spaces.

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Landscape Intent

Nature walk along with dense foliage screens private cottages from public area

Sculpture Garden

Water Feature for Cafe

Swimming Pool

Entrance Court

Reflective Water Body

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Focal elements created to enhance the views from cottage balconies

Private Villa (phase 2)

Beach Cottages (phase 2)

Light Garden

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Site Photographs | Phase 1

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03 NSP Arcadia Mall, Oaks Neemrana Residences and Hotel Courtyard by Marriott (Mixed Use Development) Location : Area : Status :

Neemrana, Rajasthan 13 acres Under Construction

Being developed in the upcoming business district of Neemrana, Rajasthan, the project is a mixed use development with a shopping mall, studio apartment residences and a hotel. The project caters to expats who travel to this industry-based city for long durations. Due to the extreme climate of Rajasthan, the vernacular architecture of Rajasthan has been reinterpreted through the landscape architecture to create a resilient, contemporary design vocabulary that responds to the context, wherein the large spaces were fragmented to create smaller, more intimate spaces.

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Landscape Intent

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Entrance Plaza Surface Parking Mall Drop-off Urban Plaza Children’s Play area with a Surprise Fountain Private club area with Swimming Pool for Oaks Residences Putting Greens Drop-off for Hotel Alfresco Dining area for Hotel Restaurant Banquet Lawn Landscape Courtyard

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Landscape Intent

Landscape design for the courtyard using the traditional step-wells, or ‘vaav’ (as they are locally called) as inspiration. Due to the limited amounts of rainfall in the desert regions of India, the step-wells were designed as a means to maximize the capturing and storing of rainwater for long durations. The extreme depth of these wells minimizes evaporation of the stored rainwater. 22


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tecture of rajasthan

contemporary landscape

Developing a ‘Contemporary’ traditional vocabulary for the pro

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Traditionally, the ‘jaali’ was used in all typologies of vernacular arch Rajasthan. On the one hand, they provide shade from the sun, whi time, a network of these ‘jaalis’ creates a ‘tunnel effect’ which resul calm breeze flow through the enclosed spaces. These traditional patterns where re-interpreted in a contemporary establish a uniform vocabulary for the project.

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04 Case Study Investigation for Landscape Performance Series | LAF Position : Duration:

Research Assistant SP / SU 2018

The Case Study Investigation (CSI) program is a unique research collaboration that matches LAFfunded faculty-student research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Teams develop methods to quantify environmental, economic and social benefits and produce Case Study Briefs for LAF’s Landscape Performance Series.

Project: Firm Liaso

The Research Team worked on the adjoining two projects:

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West Point Foundry Preserve, Cold Spring, NY on: Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, Queens, NY on: SWA 29


05 Multiplex design & urban revitalization of the Community Centre, Chanakyapuri Location : Area :

Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 2.5 acres

The project underatken was the redesign of the Chanakya Theatre Complex to convert the old cinema hall into an Entertainment Centre comprising of a Multiplex, Shopping Mall, Fast Food Court and a Gaming arcade. The original theatre was an iconic landmark of the city and the complex was an active public plaza attracting users from all across the city. However, after the demolition of the theatre complex, the number of users reduced considerably. Consequently, one of the major design goals for this project was to re-activate the public plaza and re-integrating the site with the rest of the district centre. complex. The re-integration was achieved through the landscape, and extending the function of the context into the site.

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Design Intent Shadow study

The open spaces were oriented along two major axes and the character the context was extended into the site in the form of retail on the groun

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r of nd floor.

The axes were used to activate the public space and open up the site to its context to create a cohesive public space for the users.

A central water body and a series of raingardens were added to manage the rainwater and the microclimate of the open spaces, and create a relaxed informal ambience.

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Design Intent

Facade treatment for the multiplex and shopping mall.

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Informal shops were added across from the anchor store to emulate the ambience of a traditional Indian bazaar and activate the axis.


Traditional ‘jali’ (screen wall) was re-interpreted to provide shade to the outdoor walkway.

Landscape in the central courtyard acts as a congregational area and also as a tapestry to be viewed from the above floors.

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06 Urban Design exercise for Aerocity at IGI Airport, New Delhi Location : Area :

Mahipalpur, New Delhi 190 acres

The site for this urban design project was located adjacent to the international airport in the national capital of India: New Delhi. The accelerated rate of globalization in the Indian private sector inspired the vision for this project. The goal was to address the needs of the airport in the form of hospitality, commerical and convention centre facilities, along with addressing the programmatic requirements of the residents of the city. The challenge was to find that balance between the global and local, which was further asserted by the contrasting character of the context presented in the form of the development patters around the site. As a strategy, the Hospitality District sandwiched between the 2 runways of the Delhi Airport was conceptualized to be an Urban extension of the city primarily for the transit passengers arriving and departing from the International Terminal. As a response to the local, the development also hasd ample entertainment opportunities, such as an amusement park, retail, and commerical, for the residents of the city.

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Design Intent

IGIA International Airport

Mahipalpur

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07 High-density, high-rise residential project Location : Area :

Lucknow, India 8 acres

Semester 07, fourth year, focused on housing. The studio problem asked the students (paired in groups of three) to design a high density housing scheme for approximately 900 residential units spread over an eight acre, waterfront site in unnao, uttar pradesh, india. The design exercise was treated as a live one, as the brief had been given by state authorities planning to develop the site as a township. The design concept revolved around an externally lit and ventilated podium to house all parking, services and commercial facilities, as well as landscaped central green. The units were arranged in vertical stacks betweem shear walls and with intermediate voids that act as breathing spaces/ public spaces.

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Design Intent Roof Plan

Cluster Plan | 1,2 bedroom units

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Cluster Plan | 3,4 bedroom units

Ground Floor Plan


First Floor Plan

Floor Plan | 1,2 bedroom units

Second Floor Plan

Nineteenth Floor Plan

Floor Plan | 3,4 bedroom units

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Other Work

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08 Architectural Photography Most of these photographs were taken while travelling in the USA. I like finding unusual frames to view the everyday objects and scenes.

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09 Nature Photography

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10 Professional Assignment Professional photography assignment for the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015; Designers: Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla and Suneet Verma; Hired by the set designers for the project.

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AASTHA SINGH Landscape Architect | Architect | Urbanist aastha.singh89@gmail.com | 814-880-8264 334, 5th Avenue State College, PA 16803

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Landscape Architecture Portfolio | Aastha Singh  

Landscape Architecture | Architecture | Urban Design

Landscape Architecture Portfolio | Aastha Singh  

Landscape Architecture | Architecture | Urban Design

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