AISHWARIYA PRAKASH SELECTED WORKS (2015-2018)
“One of the basic rules of the Universe is that nothing is Perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist... Without Imperfection, neither you, nor I would exist.” - Stephen Hawking Accepting my imperfections with humility, it is what drives me to seek perfection. Growth comes from maintaining a steady balance between the two.
AISHWARIYA PRAKASH Architecture student DOB- 19-04-1998 Address-
EDUCATION 2015 - 2019 Pursuing Undergraduate programme- B.ArchAt Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai 2012 - 2014 HSC, At Apeejay School, Nerul, Navi Mumbai 12th Std- 88.9% (PCM-CS) 2002 - 2011 SSC, At Apeejay School,
WORK EXPERIENCE May 2018 - Internship at Anukruti, Sept 2018 mentor Dr.(Ar.) Martina Spies– www.anukruti.org Work in publication‘Dharavi: Places and Identities’, ‘Culture of Play’ Nov 2018 - College publication‘INDORE- Dialogues In Feb 2019 Existence’
Nerul, Navi Mumbai 10th Std- 90.8%
College publication‘VAKDIPADA’ Documentation
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• Participated in college exchange trip to Germany, volunteering in documentation study of Lutherstadt, Wittenberg town, and public exhibition of student work.
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• Attended Bamboo workshop at Sagunabaug, Neral (2017, organised by PYHT-Put Your Hands Together )
• Attended and part of organising committee of Women in Architecture conference. (2017,organised at RCA, Mumbai)
• Attended Urban Mapping workshop (organised by Urban Design Collective, at Mumbai)
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Illustrating Reading Music Book-making craft Gardening
• Attended ICHH conference at RCA -2016, 2017, 2018.
ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITIONS • Entry shortlisted for NASA- ANDC 2017. • Participated in Poster making competition for ICHH 2017 (2nd Prize)
SOFT SKILLS I am fairly efficient at Communication and Listening Skills, and possess Critical thinking, Problem-solving abilities. I strive to bring a Detail-oriented quality to my work, which I approach with a highly Organised and Structured manner of thought. I have been known to produce my best work in Collaboration with peers, as I am able to efficiently Resolve Conflicts and make quick Decisions in a creative team work.
HARD SKILLS TECHNICAL
MANUAL Live Sketching, Conceptual Sketching, Writing, Detailed Drawing LINGUISTIC English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi
ARCHITECTURE Design WORKING Drawing EXTRA-CURRICUL AR Work
RURAL HOUSING, VAKDIPADA
RESPONSE TO WIND CONDITIONS
VIEW OF COURTYARD
SITE MODEL COURTYARD
HOUSE UNIT PLAN
SECTION OF HOUSE UNIT
EXPLODED VIEW-UNIT MODEL
VISUALISATION OF GREEN OPEN SPACES
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CO-WORKING SPACE, MAHIM
LEGEND: 1. ENTRY 2. RECEPTION 3. WAITING SPACE 4. COVENIENCE STORE 5. SHARED WORKSPACE 6. EXHIBITION SPACE 7. OFFICE 8. FOYER 9. COURTYARD 10. FOOD COURT 11. CONFERENCE ROOMS 12. WORKSHOP 13. READING SPACE 14. WAREHOUSE 15. SEA-FACING PLAZA
GREEN BUFFER SPACE BEFORE CONFERENCE ROOMS
GREEN BUFFER SPACE
SPILLOUT DINING SPACE
GROUND FLOOR PLAN
FIRST FLOOR PLAN
LEGEND: 1. ADMIN OFFICE 3. CAFETARIA 4. ROOF GARDEN 5. SHARED WORKSPACE 6. EXHIBITION SPACE 7. OFFICE 8. FOYER 9. GUEST ACCOMODATION 12. MEETING ROOMS 14. STORAGE 15. SEA-FACING PLAZA
INSTITUTE COMEMMORATING LIFE AND WORKS OF SMT. SMITA PATIL BUILT FORM FOLDS AROUND GREEN SPACE, CREATING OPEN OR SEMI ENCLOSED CHOWK. THE BLOCKS HAVE BEEN ARRANGED AROUND GREEN OPEN SPACES, CFREATING A HIERARCHY OF CHOWKS BY SCALE AND PRIVACY (ACCESS)
B C Actress Smita Patil, immortalised in spirit by creation of built space that has been conceptualised in accordance with her ideals, morals and takes inspiration from her work and background. Patil’s contribution to Indian cinema can be mainly categorised under Arthouse films, primarily driven by socially relevant themes. Off-screen, she is well known and remembered as a strong feminist, and welfare activist for the lesser privileged and downtrodden.
A COMMUNITY KITCHEN FOR STUDENT ACCOMODATION- ENRICHING PERSONAL RELATIONS
FIRST FLOOR PLAN
GROUND FLOOR PLAN As an attempt to understand impact of spaces on freedom of movement of women, (in the public realm), the key concept of GENDER SENSITIVE PLANNING was adopted. The institute acts as a comemmorative for Smt. Smita Patil and a training centre for film enthusiasts, both on and off screen. The program has been concieved thus including spaces for education of female professionals in cinema, and for showcasing and promotion of female talent in a primarily male dominated cinema industry. The comemmorative space celebrates life and works of Patil by allowing interaction of the public with an exhibition of her contributions.
INDIGENOUS TO LOCALE
SIGNIFYING CENTRAL GREEN SPACE THROUGH VISUAL CONNECT (ARRANGEMENT OF FORMS) AND BY FREQUENT ACCEESS
CONTEMPORARY TREATMENT TO TRADITIONAL FORMS
TRANSLATION OF “TRADITION” AS BUILT FORM,
TRADITIONAL + CONTEMPORARY
STAIRCASES, MIDLANDINGSINTERACTIVE SPILLOUTS
ACCESSIBLE BY ALL
INTERACTION - EXTENSIONS OF LIVING AND WORKSPACE
VARIETY, VISIBILITY ON STREETS
MIXED USE SPACES
LOCAL MATERIAL : STONE (WADA ARCHITECTURE)
RE SP LIGIO AC E US
EE NS PA CE
ENCLOSED GREEN SPACE ADJACENT TO ACCESS STAIRCASE
PU B EXPLORATIONS IN VOLUME SHIFT
WELL-LIT, GREEN ACCESS CORRIDORS
APPROPRIATE STREET WIDTHS
NATURE OF ‘CHOWKS’
WORKING Drawing 9-10
Villa - G+2 Structure
EAST ELEVATION - SCALE 1:50
GROUND FLOOR PLAN - SCALE 1:50
SECTION A-A’ - SCALE 1:50
FIRST FLOOR PLAN SCALE 1:50
SECTION C-C’ - SCALE 1:50
PUBLICATION- INDORE :Dialogues In Existence
NASA- ANDC 2017
DRAWING / ILLUSTRATING
DRAWING / ILLUSTRATING
I have been an active part in the research and conceptual stage, as well as in content writing and detailed drawings/illustrations.
MY WORK EXPERIENCE As a Publication Assistant on the ‘Indore’ team, i have had the experience in content writing, proof-reading and text editing. I have also been an active part of the exhibition organisation for the same.
INDORE : Dialogues In Existence
PANCHAM KI PHEL- INTRODUCTION CLUSTER PLAN UNIT PLAN MASS HOSUING- GANDHI NAGAR
(4.3) DISCONNECT AS A FUTURE DEVELOPMENT
(4.2) RIVER EDGE LOCALE
RIVER EDGE LOCALE -INTRODUCTION
SECTIONAL STUDY OF CLUSTER
(3.2) SLUM NETWORKING: A RETROFIT
IDEOLOGY AND CONCEPT
PANCHAM KI PHEL
(3.2) SLUM NETWORKING: A RETROFIT
EVOLUTION OF INDORE CITY
IDEOLOGY AND CONCEPT
CITY MAP OF INDORE WITH SITES DEMARCATED
DESIGN SOLUTIONS: APPROACH
The documentation explored Indore’s idea of housing over the past three decades while focussing on the informal housing sector of the city. The objective of the workshop was to generate a formal basis for evaluating community housing and issues related to it. the workshop set out, therefore, to investigate several key dimensions of urban life and policy in Indore, including welfare, employment, health and environment, through extensive survey and field study. The research also includes comparative studies of housing typologies along with a review of the different perspectives of designers, planners and stake holders associated within the domain. In order to get a holistic understanding of the housing scenarios that existed and exist now in Indore, different areas of the city evaluated. These places ranged from the city’s core-areas to more recent rehabilitation projects and aimed to provide a wider perspective on the city.
“Housing for all has been an ongoing concern of every government all over the world… (with) more than a billion people who are homeless and another billion living in squatter settlements… challenges the architects, planners, engineers and social welfare activists to focus our attention on this key human issue. The formal and informal sectors in housing process are integral to rapid urban and regional development… Housing sector contributes immensely to economic and national development… needs to be given a higher priority by our Governments at local, state and national levels. We need people centric housing policies and programmes. The Workshop on Community Architecture... focused on the key issue of housing for all by selecting Indore, the financial hub of Madhya Pradesh, India for a detailed and critical inquiry into the policies, programmes and projects related to housing. The present publication will enable the students, faculty, citizens and policy makers to learn new lessons in providing and facilitating housing process to achieve the cherished dream of Housing for All in near future.” - PROF. AKHTAR CHAUHAN, FORMER DIRECTOR, RIZVI COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE.
(3.1) ARANYA: AN EXPERIMENT
IMPACT OF ‘SMART CITY’ MISSION
CURRENT SCENARIO OF HOUSING IN INDORE
SPATIAL PLANNING HIERARCHY
“In 2017, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) launched a new Education Programme designed to teach students about the values on which the work of the Trust is based and to familiarize them with the methods it has deployed over several decades. The AKTC is privileged to count the Rizvi College of Architecture (RCA)… (that)took the initiative of organizing an academic workshop focusing on the present-day condition of two community housing projects in Indore that were premiated by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture: Balkrishna Doshi’s Aranya Community Housing (1995 cycle) and Himanshu Parikh’s Slum Networking of Indore City (1998 cycle)… This quest has also been driven by a moral concern for the quality of life, rather than just the professional dynamics of architecture and urban planning… challenges that have faced the two community housing projects in the city of Indore... Both projects have been moulded over the years by the impacts of socio-economic change. Understanding these impacts in relation to the criteria on which the Aga Khan Award was attributed to the two projects appears to have been a very productive teaching and learning experience…” - PROF. YUDHISHTHIR RAJ ISAR, EDUCATION DIRECTOR, A.K.T.C. (Aga Khan Trust for Culture)
PATTERNS OF STRUCTURE HEIGHTS AND BUILT-UNBUILT SPACES
COMPARATIVE DIAGRAM FOR STUDIED SITES
INTERNSHIP ONGOING RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS
RESEARCH ASSISTANTCULTURE OF PLAY
ANUKRUTI , 2018
MY WORK EXPERIENCE I have been an active part in the ongoing research publications (as of 2019), namely in content writing and editing (Dharavi : Places and Identities), as well as on-site research, data compilation and analysis (Culture of Play). CONTENT WRITINGINTRODUCTORY CHAPTER TO DHARAVI: PLACES AND IDENTITIES PLACES AND IDENTITIES - AS A STARTING POINT The term ‘place’ is often physically or geographically defined as a point on the map or a location, however, this definition overlooks the multiple facets of its understanding. ‘Space’ does not particularly depend on social connections or humanistic values, whereas ‘place’ is a conglomeration of social, spatial and environmental experiences abstracted from everyday life. More specifically, space can be characterised as a place due to its tangible and intangible attributes, by creating a sense of belonging and association within the inhabitants over the course of time... The complex interrelation between humans and their surroundings, can be illustrated by the way we shape our surroundings and it consecutively shapes us. A place echoing with regular commotion of activities, speaks of an attached value or significance to it and thus form its own unique impression. For a better understanding of this analogy, consider the bond one has with their grandparents’ house... (the) place now has a forged identity, that reflects the personality, age and experiences of the people that existed there, and thus carries the vibe you associated with the people it belongs to.
SELECTED SITES- CULT OF PLAY
These collective aspects that render a place definitively recognizable or known, are what form the ‘identity’ of that place. It is seen as a dynamic product of one’s perception, consciousness and memory. Identity can be seen both as a structure, that is manifested through thought, action and effect; and as an evolving process, without a permanent meaning.
DHARAVI: PLACES AND IDENTITIES
MUMBAI AS AN IDENTITY
SLUMS OF MUMBAI
Mumbai, the ‘maximum city’, embraces a deluge of aspirants on a daily basis. Not everyone succeeds in making a fortune, but not many leave empty handed either, because this city has an array of things to offer—it acts as home to the largest Indian film industry, financial capital of a nation of 1.1 billion people, and a major manufacturing hub. This city marches to a unique rhythm of an orchestrated chaos, beneath all the bustle, there still seems to be harmony. With roads invariably busy with traffic, the footpaths exhibit a whole new spectrum of life in the city-- locals discussing the daily news over cups of tea, hawkers setting up their stalls, flocks of women and children rushing to get to school, the street dweller peacefully napping under the shade of some tree, up until when the night descends and children are still found studying, huddled under the light of a streetlamp. A plethora of perspectives reflects the cultural vibrancy that resonates within the ‘Mumbaikars’. Although there are as many opinions as people in this city, an undeterred spirit of community can be experienced throughout, more commonly in the informal settlements of Mumbai.
The slums form an important part of the identity of the megacity Mumbai. Dharavi, spanning an area of over 500 acres, harbours close to a million in population of migrants from all over India, in informal settlements. Often overlooked, misunderstood behind the façade of unsanitary, poorly ventilated structures, are the people and communities made of a blend of languages and cultures. The people endure the harsh realities of a poverty-stricken environment with wide smiles and ebullient spirits, working hard in solidarity. Shaded by blue tarpaulin, between a network of narrow alleyways lie some of the world’s most renowned hyper-organized micro-economies. This dissertation attempts to illuminate the true identity of Dharavi and to understand the ‘life’ that inhabits it, to filter out the reality hidden in heart of Mumbai and capture its true essence through the stories that the people have created and lived.
‘CULTURE OF PLAY’ introduces a much needed dialogue regarding the quality of public spaces in Mumbai, particularly in informal settlements. It questions the provisions for development of public spaces and neighbourhoods at the planning level, in order to facilitate socio-cultural, cognitive and physical growth in children. It touches upon the relation of changes in physical/social structures to social processes, and norms and values that can be impacted in developing a culture of play.
EDITING AND FORMATTINGDHARAVI: PLACES AND IDENTITIES
The organization, founded in 2013 by Martina M. Spies, an architect from Vienna, is a community-focused, hands-on initiative in creating urban environments that bring about a change in play and growth of children in the informal settlements in Mumbai, one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Anukruti makes possible its belief that all children have the right to play in safe, free and joyful spaces. Their activities comprise three main focus areas: the construction and maintenance of playgrounds; decent research of the places where we construct the Urban Flowers; and involving and collaborating with communities producing Indian handicraft and art.
CURRENT STATE OF RESEARCH
STUDIES ABOUT THE POSTCOLONIAL CITY
STUDIES ABOUT DHARAVI
ZOOM IN: DHARAVI’S IDENTITY
EXISTING PLAY ELEMENTSON-SITE MAPPING
The ‘Abstract’ briefly introduces the subject of the study- the informal settlements of Dharavi, re-looked from the perspective of the dwelling communities. The spatial fabric is investigated from an unbiased lens, and understood only by the socio-cultural and occupational dynamics in the day-to-day milieu of the neighbourhoods in the district. In order to collect data from the investigation, research parameters were set according to a thorough understanding of existing methodologies of sociological urban research, backed by studies of the post-colonial city of Mumbai, Dharavi district, and the current slum rehabilitation methods employed in the city. The understanding of Dharavi’s identity through its spatial organisation, economic and social divisions and further study of neighbourhoods and dwelling units proved to be critical to proposing a ‘Bottom-up’ solution to rehabilitation.
ON SITE INTERACTIONS
‘In Hindi, Anukruti means small creative spaces.’
THE PHENOMENON OF DHARAVI
ABOUT THE FIRM :
SLUM REHABILITATION IN MUMBAI
CULTURE OF PLAY
SITE ANALYSIS DOCUMENT
Post interviews, the children were asked to draw what they envisioned would be their “dream playground” would be like. Visual elements from their drawings would be further developed into ideas for playspaces for them, by them.