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ADITYA VINOD PORTFOLIO ARCHITECTURE | URBAN | SPATIAL RESEARCH 2018


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PROJECT 01 Spatial affordance and multi-cultural manifestation in Soho,London

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STRATEGIC URBAN PLANNING

Gay Men and Gay spaces

Chancery Lane: De Facto

Professional Project: 01

Professional Project: 02

Professional Project: 03

ARCHITECTURE - DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION


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Here presented is a brief portfolio of my work in Architecture and Urban Design. Throughout my career I have strengthened my skill sets and developed my professional expertise in area of spatial design, strategic urban design, architecture design and construction and project management. Though my Masters Degree programme in ‘Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities’ at The Bartlett School of Architecture, I undertook severals months of intensive research on urban areas in London exploring its physical space and associated communities. The logic of space enables certain relationships to foster over time which are the actual assets that one needs to protect. My research and spatial analysis have developed and adopted methodologies to identify the sensitive nature of such relations and work towards developing them. RESEARCH INTEREST s Spatial cultures, urban spaces, community building. WORK PRINCIPLE Developing relations through informed decisions.


SPATIAL AFFORDANCE AND MULTI-CULTURAL MANIFESTATION IN SOHO SPATIAL CULTURES IN SOHO 10.01.2018 - ON-GOING

MASTERS DEGREE PROJECT PROJECT 01 MEMBER(S): ADITYA VINOD

Space as affording social interaction has been a highly debated subject between social and spatial researchers. This dissertation undertakes an in-depth analysis of urban space of Soho to investigate its built-environment and the evolution of the areas socio-spatial logic. It uses space syntax analysis to understand the effect spatial configuration has had on the development of the area.


Spatial logic mapping through constitutedness analysis studied as a settlement. Constitutedness is an method developed by Bill Hillier (1987) In order to understand how the built environment has evolved, the changes that have shaped Soho’s built-environment was mapped. Plots, open spaces, connectivity and permeability.


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In exploring the aspect of space as it affords appropriation and re-appropriation in Soho . Over the last 100 years, Soho has transformed in every way. Its built-environment, architecture, urban fabric and communities have changed. The project puts a space first perspective to understand what role its spaces played in this change. Many communities, cultures, and sub-cultures associate with Soho- the immigrants such as Jewish, French Huguenots, Italians, Pols and Bangladeshis, the queers, the

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sex workers, working class and the aristocrats. Yet their spatial distribution and coming together in this 2.6sq.km has never been of interest to urban social research. Through literature, it is understood that historically each street in Soho was occupied by a singular ethnic immigrant group. Placing space and network at utmost importance this project continues to explore these properties in light of spatial research.

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Plot density map


PROJECT 02

GAY MEN AND GAY SPACE STRATEGIC URBAN PLANNING SPACE SYNTAX ANALYSIS OF ‘GAY SOHO’: THE PHYSICAL EMBODIMENT OF IT’S GAY SPACE. 10.01.2018 - 15.04.2018

MASTERS DEGREE PROJECT MEMBER(S): ADITYA VINOD

The project is a three-month research on the evolution of gay spaces in Soho, City of Westminster - an area popularly dubbed as the ‘Gay Village of London’. It investigates how ideas such as ‘gay villages’1

represent the physical embodiment of

gay cultural identity and through spatial analysis explores whether this identity emerged from space or was it imposed onto space.


INTRODUCTION EMERGENCE OF GAY VILLAGES: SPACE FIRST APPROACH

METHODOLOGY

Keywords: Gay men, appropriation, gay space, space syntax, urban segregation

AREAS OF INVESTIGATION

TWOSTEPPRINCIPLEOF HILLIERANDHANSON

CONFIGURATIONAL ANALYSIS

SPATIAL ANALYSIS

STEP DEPTH ANALYSIS YEAR:1970, 2018

CHOICE AND INTEGRATION YEAR:1970, 2018

LANDUSE DISTRIBUTION ANALYSIS

FROMHIGHSTREETS

AGENT BASED MODELLING YEAR:1970, 2018

DISTRIBUTION OFBARSFORGAYMEN YEAR: 2018

FROM OLD COMPTON STREET

VISUAL GRAPH ANALYSIS

EVOLUTIONOFOLD COMPTONSTREET YEAR:1763,2018

The investigation begins by identifying gay spaces through three historical periods selected upon certain principles and understanding of the study

ALLEYS, OPEN SPACES BROAD STREETS

area and culture of gay men. The exploratory phase of the research delves into literature on cultural identity and the ‘placeness’ of gay men to identify

BARS, CAFES, CLUBS

these gay/queer spaces. The research also explores gay practices and identifies the spatiality of these practices. A reference is made with space syntax theories on segregation of cultures in urban areas and builds on studying gay community clustering

STREET NETWORK AND CONNECTIVITY

as a spatial phenomenon. In conclusion, shift in attitude of gay men since the 19672 and the effect it has on shaping gay/queer spaces are extrapolated from the findings of the research.

Figure1: Representation of methodology followed. The maps of years 1870, 1970 and 2018 were used to investigate spatial changes over time.


IDENTIFYING GAY SPACES LITERATURE, SURVERY AND INTERVIEWS TO IDENTITFY G A Y MEN MOVEMENT

Evolution of gay spaces Left to right - 1-4

Space syntax theories provided through an evidence

ImagesrepresentgayspacesofSoho

based approach suggest that spatial configuration

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has an effect on clustering of individuals. Hillier

Imagesprepresenttheamenitiesfor gay men - bar, cafe, gym

(1984) demonstrates how that space influences

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GAY SPACES

GAY SPACES:

Imagesrepresentpresentpopular gay spaces in Soho 13-16

society. But other scholars (Jerram, 2013) have opposing views about space-society relationship. ‘The idea, though, that “space” can have a meaning in the sense we often use

BarDiagram:Comparisonoftotal no. of alleys, courts and broad streets

it is not helpful to effective spatial analysis. We talk of gay space, male space,

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sacred space, and so on; but a space cannot possess the quality of being gay,

Imagesrepresentphysicalspaceof Soho-buildings,streets,parks 21-24

Imagesrepresentnetworkanalysis 25-28

Imagesrepresentlanduseanalysis

male, or sacred.’ Leif Jerram argues that ‘space cannot possess the quality of being gay male or sacred’ (Jerram, 2013). Exploring gay practices such as cruising-the practice of searching about a public place for partners to have a sexual encounter, cottaging- sexual activity between men in places such as public toilets, PRIDE

PHYSICAL STUDY

demonstrations suggests that these practices spatial in many senses. Spatial configuration and spatial affordance enables these encounters and copresence or co-avoidance and it seems that the gays CITY

SCOPE OF THIS PROJECT

and the queers have found a way to manoeuvre in


RESERACH AND ANALYSIS METHOD MORPHOLOGICAL+SPATIAL

Upon this understanding of queer (gay) spaces,

a methodology was derived focusing on these spaces as the main area of investigation. See Figure1: The diagram represents the methodology accepted . The devised methodology tested the area of investigation against three parameters of spatial analysis•

2 Step Principle of Hillier and Hanson

(Hiller et al., 2013)

Configurational Analysis

Historical analysis on Morphology of gay spaces-

Alleys, courts and broad streets.

Alleys, courts and broad streets Morphological Analysis Row 1 left

1890 Alleys,courtsandbroadstreets Row 1 right

BarDiagram:Comparisonoftotal no. of alleys, courts and broad streets

Alleys, courts and broad streets Step Depth Analysis Row 3 left

1970 Step Depth Analysis from Old Compton Street Row 3 right

2018 Step Depth Analysis from Old Compton Street Row 4 left

1970 StepDepthAnalysisfromallhighstreets in the surrounding Row 4 right

2018 StepDepthAnalysisfromallhighstreets in the surrounding

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Broad streets reduced and shifted


Space is not regarded as meaningful and relative to identities of individuals by many scholars (Jerram, 2013). on

There have also been other research

‘gay villages’ and its physical embodiment

(Sibalis:2004, Mcneil et al.,(2018). But not, as described in this poject, as a spatial phenomena. This study opens a opportunity for future work to explore spatial culture of queer identities as also an aspect of space and its configuration. The emergence and continuity of areas like gay villages have more to it than afforded by social processes. The shift in queer spaces from less integrated spaces like alleys to more integrated areas such as old Compton street shows the evolution and shift in attitude of Network Analysis of London Gay men. This project analyzed the importance Analysis Soho of Old Compton StreetNetwork to queer men of and its emergence as influenced by change in attitude of society towards queer individuals. Network Analysis of London


Normalised Choice NACH R2000 15mins walk

Normalised Integration NAIN R800 5mins walk

Normalised Integration NAIN R800 5mins walk

Presented this project at Post-Graduate symposium - Cross Disciplinary Conversations on Sexualities, Queerness and Space. Subject: Queer Urbanism

Presenter at Post-Graduate symposium: Queer Urbanism :

Network Analysis of Soho


PROJECT 03

CHANCERY LANE: DE FACTO EVIDENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS SUPPORTING AREA ENHANCEMENT STRATEGY SPACE-SOCIETY RELATIONSHIP IN THE OLD FINANCIAL QUARTER OF LONDON.

01.10.2017 - 20.12.2017

As a part of Space Syntax Methodology and Analytical design module, students of MSc/MRes. Space Syntax Architecture and Cities were challenged to review and scrutinize the Area Enhancement Strategy (City of London, 2009) proposed by the City Council, City of London based on evidence-based analytical research process. In this project the area under study is the ‘Chancery Lane Area’. ‘Chancery Lane. Defacto’ is the combined efforts of members Aditya Vinod, Besnik Murati, Vendella Gambil and Yiqin Kong and are all students in MRes Space Syntax Architecture and Cities Program 2017/18.

Images on the right are outputs of visbility graph analysis (VGA) performed for Chancery lane Area to check how visibile each space is from all others. A historic evolution of spaces was also studied through this method.

MASTERS DEGREE PROJECT MEMBERS: BESNIK MURATI, VENDELA GAMBIL, YIQIN KONG & ADITYA VINOD


INTRODUCTION INITIAL VISIT AND REASONS FOR EMPIRICAL RESEARCH

Chancery Lane is an area within the City of London towards its North-West periphery. The project title ‘Chancery Lane. de facto.’ reflects the area’s function predominantly being offices of the Law and Order practitioners. Upon the team’s first visit to site, on observations it was noted that the area overall had an introvert character. Compared to the peripheral high streets High Holborn and Fleet Street, the primary arteries of ‘Chancery Lane Area’ namely New Fetter lane and Chancery Lane had less activity and interaction between people and built environment. Further observations on open spaces (such as parks, courts and gardens) to study the social network within and its performance showed that less people used the open spaces. On one hand, there were multiple functions in the area such as institutions, offices, retail, restaurants, medical, residential and a rich heritage but on the other hand people seemed to not engage, gather or interact with its open public spaces. As these are based on empirical evidences and observations, further investigations were carried out to identify the reasons for these occurrences.


Strategic Interventions: Reviewing area enhancement strategy, it was noted that some of their proposals were correlating with the findings of this research. But the evidences suggest that only these wouldn’t significantly alter the introvert character of the site. Therefore, in addition, the proposal from this study were to: Pedestrianize areas – •

Chancery Lane between South Hampton

Building Street and Carey Street •

Breams Building Street

Provide Shared Space for vehicular and pedestrian use at – •

Piazza area on New Fetter lane

Carley Street and Chancery Lane Junction

South Hampton Building and Chancery Lane

Junction Open barriers of Maughan’s Library to provide access to its open court and to effectively connect Chancery Lane to Fetter Lane. Apart from these, wayfinding strategy is proposed to direct people towards the rich heritage hidden within the area.


PROJECT 04

RESIDENCE DESIGN PROFESSIONAL: PROJECT 03 DESIGN AND PLANNING

01.03.2014- 15.0.2017

Keywords: Resort, master plan, India, architecture

Team Member(s)

: Aditya Vinod

Office

: Wall B Architects

Designation

: Design Lead Architect

Project

: Danta Resorts, Karnatala, India

Sector

: Hospitality

Status

: On-going

My role

: Design & Project management

Built-Up Area

: ~ 80,000 sq.ft

The project sits on the foothills of Madikeri,

Coorg. On the periphery runs a perennial stream. The resort accommodates small and large gatherings such as events for companies, adventure sports, and has a club house, administration block, hotels, themed cottages (5 types), leisure centre. The project has been designed and planned by the author under the guidance of the Principal Architect. This is an on-going project.


PROJECT 05

RESORT DESIGN AND MASTER PLAN PROFESSIONAL: PROJECT 01 DESIGN AND PLANNING

01.03.2014- 15.0.2017

Keywords: Resort, master plan, India, architecture

Team Member(s)

: Aditya Vinod

Office

: Wall B Architects

Designation

: Design Lead Architect

Project

: Danta Resorts, Karnatala, India

Sector

: Hospitality

Status

: On-going

My role

: Design & Project management

Built-Up Area

: ~ 80,000 sq.ft

The project sits on the foothills of Madikeri,

Coorg. On the periphery runs a perennial stream. The resort accommodates small and large gatherings such as events for companies, adventure sports, and has a club house, administration block, hotels, themed cottages (5 types), leisure centre. The project has been designed and planned by the author under the guidance of the Principal Architect. This is an on-going project.


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ADMINISTRATION, SUITES AND RESTAURANT

SITE PLAN


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ART RESTAURANT DESIGN PROFESSIONAL: PROJECT 02 DESIGN AND PLANNING

01.03.2014- 15.0.2017

Keywords: Restaurant, India, architecture.

Team Member(s)

: Aditya Vinod

Office

: Individual

Designation

: Design Lead Architect

Project

: Meerkat, Kerala, India

Sector

: Commercial Space

Status

: On-going

My role

: Design & Project management

Built-Up Area

: ~ 80,000 sq.ft

Clients requested a design that could

accommodate multiple functions in their art themed restaurant. It was a place for nature enthusiast, artists, students, story tellers, that encourages interaction beyond the fine dine experience. The design took inspiration from the Indian practice of story telling where the elders narrate ‘puranas’ to children as they gather around a Peepal tree.


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ADITYA VINOD MRes. Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London London, United Kingdom

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University College London, The Bartlett School of Architecture. Masters in Research Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities Programme

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University College London, The Bartlett School of Architecture. Masters in Research Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities Programme

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