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anisha prakash PORTFOLIO OF WORKS


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Anisha Prakash

Date of Birth | 30th December, 1993 217-819-8630| anishap3@illinois.edu EDUCATION

Master of Architecture

Illinois School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Current GPA: 3.83/4

Bachelor of Architecture

Sushant School of Art and Architecture, G. G. S. Indraprastha University CPI: 71.03/100

WORK EXPERIENCE

WORKSHOPS

2017 - 2019

Architectural Intern

2011 - 2016

PROFESSIONAL WORK

‘Smart SoCIeTY’

India Under Construction Conference

July, 2016

November, 2014

(Indian Society of Landscape Architects)

Revolution by Design

Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon

ON CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

Participated in inter-college Debate

Graduate

Urbanism | Propositions for New York City

Undergaduate Year 4

Thesis | Redefining the Yamuna Riverfront,IP Power Station, New Delhi Urban Design | Research and Design Intervention in Jaipur

Year 3

Confluence Hub based on Transit Oriented Development, Chirag Dilli, New Delhi Study of Residential Typologies in Old Kolkatta, West bengal iDiDe Workshop | Community Centre Design, Lal Kuan, New Delhi Urban Village study & Activity Hub Design, Lal Kuan, New Delhi

Year 2

Settlement Study & Community Centre Design, Bhojpur, Madhya Pradesh Spiritual Centre Design, Kolhi Baba's Temple, Gurgaon, Haryana Playschool Design, Sector 56, Gurgaon, Haryana

February, 2014

Year 1

House Design for a Potter at Biodiversity Park, Gurgaon, Haryana Measured Drawing & Documentation of Kothari Havelli, Bikaner, Rajasthan

September, 2013

Automation and You Peter Eisenman: Diagrams & the Infrastructure of Contemporary Form Peter Eisenman: Understanding the modern condition Co-organized study tour to Kolkatta Helped organize the Alumni Meet

Studio Projects

SWS Workshop | Study of Contemporary Public Spaces in Milan

November, 2015

RE-Centering Delhi

a Sense OF PLACE 9th ISOLA Conference

RESEARCH PAPERS

ACADEMIC WORK

February, 2016

September, 2015

(Closing Symposium) Initiative of University of Virginia School of Architecture

House 10, Noida, Uttar Pradesh Ridge House, Kailash Colony, New Delhi House of Jamuns, New Friends Colony Khanna Residence, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi

Production Facility for Jyoti Apparels, Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon, Haryana The Atrium, Najafgarh Road, New Delhi

September, 2017

ZAK World of Facades

India's Exclusive Forum on Facade Design & engineering

Residential

Commercial

December, 2013

Center for Architecture, AIA New York NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi

Amit Khanna Design Associates

K-12 School, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

CEPT University, Amhemdabad, Gujrat hosted by Politecnico Di Milano, Milan, Italy

India Design 2016 Delhi Symposium

Google: Sketchup Vray Plugin forSketchup iRender nXt for Sketchup

Institutional

Deakin University, Australia hosted by Sushant School of Art & Architecture, Gurgaon, India

5×5 Provocative Presentations

Adobe: Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator Autodesk: AutoCAD Microsoft: Word, Excel, Power Point, Notepad Rihnoceros3D

Manual Drafting, Sketching, Rendering, Presentation Design, Model Making, Research and Analysis, Photography, Construction Management

2015 - 2016

- Collaborated on designing various residential, commercial and institutional projects - Created working drawing sets for on-site construction. - Coordinated with construction consultants such as structure engineergs, - HVAC consultants to ensure accurate construction on site - Produced graphical drawings and project-description texts for publication for projects -- Successfully undertook complete responsibility of a 1760 SqFt. house

iDiDe (Intercultural Dialogue Through Design) 6

Software

Other

Amit Khanna Design Associates, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi

Summer Winter School

SEMINARS

SKILLS

TRAVEL January, 2014 March, 2013 March, 2012

India

Agra, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Dalhousie, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Leh, Nagpur, Nainital, New Delhi, Mumbai, Mussourie, Puri, Shilllong,Srinagar, Thiruvananthpuram

Overseas

Chicago, Engleberg, Florence, Geneva, Innsbruck, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Lucerne, Milan, New York, Padova, Paris, Pisa, Rome, Singapore ,Vatican City, Venice


Propositions |

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URBANISM

New York City

Fall 2017 |First Year |Graduate Academic: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign TEAM: Anisha Prakash | Srushti Nehete SUPERVISOR: Kevin Erickson, kne@illinois.edu

"This studio was introduced as an urban analysis of the city of New york. Each student was alloted one area in New york City, to study the urban condition and understand the various social, spatial and architectural forces in play. The students were then asked to compare the different parts of the city and understand the city as a whole. As a team, we visited New York City to see first hand the analysis we had done and understand the intricacies of the city's functioning. On returning, students were asked to make groups of two and come up with a proposition for the city based on our innitial research and our visit to the Big Apple." In the fisrt half, I was to study the area of Hell's Kitchen. The area has a gritty reputation owing to its muddy past and closeness to the city ports. Additinally, its proximity to the Port Authority Bus Terminal makes it an entry pont for the city of New York.


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Life in the city can be stressful. City dwellers often face higher rates of crime, pollution, social isolation and other environmental stressors than those living in rural areas. More established research argues that cities strip away the protective factors that foster mental health, such as green spaces, exercise, and social interaction. This makes people vulnerable to depression and anxiety.

One in five New Yorkers experience a mental health disorder in each year. Additionally, 41% of adult New Yorkers with a serious mental illness said they did not receive or were delayed getting treatment in the past year. What we propose is to analyze the existing infrastructure through the lens of mental health and well-being and find areas that the city is lacking or can improve upon. The aim is to improve mental health of the inhabitants of Manhattan make mental health more accessible for New Yorkers through interventions in the built environment.


Re-defining the Yamuna Riverfront | THESIS Indtraprasth Power Station, I. P. Estate, New Delhi

Spring 2015 |Fourth Year Academic: Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon, Haryana TEAM : Anisha Prakash (Individual) GUIDE: Tapan Chakravarty, tapankc@gmail.com

"This design thesis project, undertaken in the eighth semester was guided by a motivation to understand the relationship between the city of Delhi and its historically important water source, the Yamuna River. On researching the various buildable sites along the river, I came across the old I. P. Power Station, which was in the process of being dismantled. A unique opportunity, of using the old power station structure to create a public recreational hub along the river, was thus provided to me. The objective then shifted, from not only understanding the relationship of the city to the river, but also to reusing an industrial building for cultural and commercial activities." Traditionally settlements have flourished along sources of water. The city of Delhi too evolved around the Yamuna. The river catered to the city's various water requirements. Therefore it also became the focus of cultural, religious and social activities. Although the river remains the primary source of water and sewage disposal for the city, it has lost its cultural and social importance. It has been neglected and polluted to the extent that today, all development takes place facing away from it. The IP Power Station situated in a now institutional hub, used to be the city's primary source of power. Due to rising environmental concerns,the station has now been dismantled. The site left in its wake sits between a many of the city’s cultural attractions, providing scope for pulling tourists towards the neglected river bank. The Power station is hence an excellent opportunity for a recreational hub that responds to the river, while being a safe distance from its flood plain.

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OLD POWER STATION The main building of the power plant is still standing. It faces the main road providing a large facade frontage. It consists of steel framing with concrete slabs and a truss system that supports the roof.


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In Delhi, there are ten embankments along the river. The flood level in Yamuna is about 207, while the embankment along the site has a height of 210m. This prevents the area from flooding.

THE PROPOSAL The I. P. Power Station land allows for large public spaces that can accommodate multiple activities at the same time. The spaces along the river can be used by varying demographic as the river holds importance for different types of people. This site also provides large public zones for the city of Delhi which act as a relief from busy city life.

AUTHOR : Anisha Prakash

massing

The river has traditionally been of major cultural importance. As the cultural scene of the city shifts, the cultural value and role of the river must also be re-appropriated, rather than ignored.

The soil along Yamuna’s river banks has a high amount of Silt making it a sensitive area for construction. In response, the building mass must decrease as it moves towards the river. The complex is thus imagined to consist of more temporary structures and open public spaces near the riverfront.

views The design aims to create ‘view ports’ or visual frames along the different circulation spaces. Every view port gives a different type of visual connectivity to the riverfront. The linear axes facilitate the view of the river in perspective. The movement is in direct. The museum is therefore punctured to allow a series of expanding visuals of the river.

OBJECTIVE The objective is to re-imagine the city along the river rather than facing away from it. The project tries to initiate the connection of busy inner city roads to the underused river banks and pull activities out towards the river. The trend can expand within the site and can then grow along the riverfront throughout the city in a sensitive but effective manner. Re-purposing the power station building helps save resources, provides great street frontage and an industrial aesthetic that responds to the architectural character of the nearby buildings.

zoning

The diagonal axis allow for changing views of along Yamuna’s bank. So at different points along the axes, different elements of the riverfront would be visible. This creates intrigue and pulls the users towards the river edge. Shops and eateries are hence placed along these axes.


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Plans of Reused Power Station RETAIL OUTLETS CIRCULATION ZONES CORES EATING JOINTS ART GALLERY AND LIBRARY SPACES

FIRST FLOOR

SECOND FLOOR

THIRD FLOOR

FOURTH FLOOR

Front Facade

GROUND FLOOR

The old building has a flat front facade. Yamuna's proximity in not acknowledged. In order to bring the experience of the river towards the road and subsequently towards the city, the faรงade is re-designed to incorporate screens. These screens project the riverfront activities that would attract people in to the complex and towards the river. Additionally these screens facilitate the opportunity to advertise the activities or retail outlets inside the complex.


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Yamuna Gate

An arched gateway, 25m high is placed at the centre of the complex. Covered in Corten Steel, this gateway provides a sense of place and is easily visible from the metro line and the Vikas Marg Bridge. The design is based on the suspension bridges that are associated with rivers. The gate signifies the entry towards Yamuna and inspires its sense of grandeur

AUTHOR : Anisha Prakash

Museum

The museum is divided into different parts. One unit focuses on the historical and geographical aspect of the river, while another focuses on the flora and fauna of Yamuna. Yet another segment is an interactive display of water purification techniques and water testing procedures. Research and teaching spaces allow for an informative experience and provide a wholesome picture of the river. The water from the river is collected and cleaned allowing for opportunity to educate young visitors. This water is then used to fuel a channel through the geographical museum which replicates Yamuna's trail through North India. The different cities and landmarks are marked along the channel for a scaled understanding.


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A river side walkway is constructed at an elevation covering a canal that would fill up during floods and prevent water from entering the complex Bridges stretch into the rivers, ending in jetty having commercial and eating outlets. This encourages water activities such as boating, ferry rides, jet skiing and bringing the users in close contact with the river


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Traditional and Contemporary Identities of a City | Jaipur, Rajasthan

Fall 2014 |Fourth Year Academic: Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon, Haryana TEAM: Anisha Prakash | Ashita Aggrawal SUPERVISOR: Nidhi Dandona, nidhidandona@ansaluniversity.edu.in

"This studio was introduced in order to investigate the traditional and contemporary parts of the city of Jaipur and further understand how these parts coexist. While the initial site studies conducted in a group of eighty, focused on the larger understanding of the city fabric, further detailed analysis was carried out in groups of two. The observations, analysis and eventual proposals were undertaken in an extremely co-operative way, so much so, that each graphic and observation was discussed and created in part by both Ashita and me." The city of Jaipur consists of two parts- the older walled city and the new settlement. The walled city, established by Raja Jai Singh, was designed in such a way as to incorporate people belonging to a variety of professions into the new capital. Hence the old city has a very traditionaly vibrant culture and a strong sense of identity. The new settlement then evolved over time. In many places, although the new city is well planned and has adequate infrastructure, it lacks the cultural identity of the old city. A revitalization of the urban profile is hence proposed to foster a sense of identity in the new city.

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URBAN DESIGN


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The new city has planned row housing with roads intersecting at right angles. The ‘grain’ is larger than in the old city as each plot is of a larger size. Meanwhile, the density is lower than in the old city. Mostly, the area has residential plots. The commercial and institutional buildings are concentrated along Govind Marg. Most of the buildings are G+3 and the variation in built height is not very much. ACTIVITY MAPING The number of pedestrians is rather low early in the morning. People are seen mostly near schools, parks and places of worship. In the afternoon the areas having hardware and auto parts shops have more footfall. Areas around schools are also relatively crowded. Govind Marg as well as Moti Doongri have very heavy footfall during the evening due to the markets. The inner roads on the other hand, mostly remain empty. Ashok Chowk becomes highly inactive as the evening approaches, becoming increasingly empty during night.

ACTIVITY DENSITY FROM 8:30 AM TO 9:00 AM

ACTIVITY DENSITY FROM 1:30 PM TO 2:00 PM

ACTIVITY DENSITY FROM 5:30 PM TO 6:00 PM

ACTIVITY DENSITY FROM 830 PM TO 9:00 PM


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Structure Plan Vision To induce a sense of identity in the new settlement, such that it responds to the walled city, yet it is representative of the new settlement and its culture. To revitalize the primary and secondary streets by means of re-organization and street-scaping.

Strategy The inner areas must be activated by adding recreational and communal activities as in-fills in the residential areas and connecting them through secondary streets. These streets must then be made more pedestrian friendly and active by means of addition of street furniture. Finally the commercial belt must be re-organized to make it more user friendly.


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Overall Scheme


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Confluence Hub | TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT Chirag Dilli, New Delhi Spring, 2014 |Third Year Academic: Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon, Haryana TEAM: Anisha Prakash (Individual) Supervisor: Thomas Oommen, thumoh@gmail.com

"This mixed use project in Chirag Dilli is based on the ‘Transit Oriented Development’ guidelines proposed by U.T.T.I.P.E.C. The project aims at achieving maximum ground coverage and street frontage while maintaining a healthy balance in the institutional, residential and commercial parts located near a transit hub." The Transit Oriented Development model proposes for more density in such nodal areas, so that most active parts in the city can be easily connected through public transport, which reduces the load on traffic on the roads. Additionally, these areas too, are developed as self-sufficient pockets containing LIVE WORK – PLAY, such that people do not have to travel large distances on a daily basis. In order to allow for that density in the nodes, these areas have an FAR of 5, with no setbacks and 100% ground coverage. This system has found much success in many cities in the Europe and USA, trying to minimize the large travel distances in cases of Urban Sprawl. This system leads to a decrease in congestion on the roads, reduces expenditure spent per capita on travelling, and reduces vehicular pollution in the city. The Chirag Dilli Metro station, combined with the flyover and the BRT Bus route allow for extremely easy access to this area.

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Important Features of the Context Road intersection Green belt through the site Building construction market on one side DDA flats adjacent to the site Chirag Dilli urban village in close proximity

Central axis through the corner cuts the built in half. The corner is the focal point such that the built form seems to rotate towards it. The heights of the buildings reduces as we move away from the street edges towards the building construction market.

CORES & CIRCULATION

FIGURE - GROUND


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Area Program RETAIL OFFICES LIG HOUSING MIG HOUSING HIG HOUSING TOTAL HOUSING

9840 10250 5168 9204 5515 19890

TOTAL AREA

54220 sqm

SECTION AA'

sqm sqm sqm sqm sqm sqm

SECTION BB'

The front corner block consists of multiple floors of commercial, institutional and residential blocks. The first six floors are designed to be completely commercial. The ground floor consists of an extremely permeable facade. This allows for a highly active edge and increased accessibility. The sixth and seventh floor consist mostly of offices. The upper floors consist of housing. SECTION CC'


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The narrow block at the back consists of low cost housing on the upper floors and a small commercial block on the ground floor, catering mostly to the residential units above. A sliver of land, consisting mostly of trees has been developed as a small park in order to provide relief from the built and retain the existing trees

THIRD LEVEL PARKING PLAN

SECOND--FIFTH FLOOR PLAN

SECOND LEVEL PARKING PLAN

SIXTH--SEVENTH FLOOR PLAN

FIRST LEVEL PARKING PLAN

FIRST FLOOR PLAN

HIG housing over the commercial and office floors in the front corner.

Low-cost housing block towards the construction market.


Setting into the Settlement | Bhojpur, Madhya Pradesh Spring, 2013 |Second Year Academic: Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon, Haryana TEAM: Anisha Prakash (Individual) Supervisor: Nipesh P. Narayanan, nipesh.ar@gmail.com "The studio focused on understanding settlement located in the heart of rural India, and coming up with a design proposal for the same. The lives of the local people were investigated parallel to the special quality of the settlement in order to reach an optimal solution." Kirat Nagar village, situated near Bhopal, flourished on the sloping edge of a now dried up lake on rocky terrain. The Bhojpur temple in close vicinity is a major land-mark of this area, attracting locals and tourists in large numbers. The village lacks major congregational spaces which leads to a lack of collective activities. A common space in the form of a community centre is proposed, which caters to both the local populace and tourists.The community centre follows the same built fabric as the village so that it forms an outflow of the settlement. The form of the complex is based on the idea of a community. The argument is that a community is a set of people with common interests, values or social background. This means some of the attributes interlock. Also no two individual sub-groups or people are exactly the same. So each piece that interlocks still has its own size and shape. It has its own individuality. The spaces too are divided in the same way. Administrative zones (the leaders), space for communal activities (the masses) and ‘revolutionary’ or educational, (progressive thinkers or rebels) all tie together in a connected community centre.

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SETTLEMENT STUDY AND COMMUNITY CENTRE


GROUND FLOOR PLAN

FIRST FLOOR PLAN

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Playground Ber Tree

The area around the tree acts as a chaupal

Boulders

They are pre-existing features of the site

Benches Steps

They are designed to collect water during monsoon

Drainage system

AUTHOR : Anisha Prakash

They are covered with locally available sandstone slabs

Septic Tank

It is beneath the surface

Pebbles and Gravel ELEVATION 1

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY Since the area has a shortage of water supply, a system of rainwater harvesting is facilitated in the complex. Stone masonry using locally available iron stone and sand stone is employed throughout the complex. In the anganwadi area, the height of the hall is increased and clerestory window are pro-vided to allow for adequate light. Light shelves along the windows reduces glare and help light penetrate further into the hall.

ELEVATION 2

SECTION AA'


HOUSE 10

Sector 56, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 2015-2016 |Fifth year (Internship) Professional: Amit Khanna Design Associates, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi TEAM: Amit Khanna | Anisha Prakash | Himanshu Chopra Principal Architect: Amit Khanna, ak@akda.in

Typology: Built-up Area: Climate: Completion:

Residential 1760 Sq.Ft. Composite March 2016

"The brief given to the office regarding this house by the client was that it needed to be low-cost and built in a time frame of six months or less. Working directly with the Principal architect of the firm, I got the opportunity to give a large amount of substantial design inputs for this project. Additionally, since the scope of work for construction was relatively small as compared to other ongoing projects at the firm, I was entrusted with the responsibility of producing all the construction drawings and supervising the work at site. I also worked on the production of graphics for publication as well as documentation of the project once it was completed." Responsibilities regarding the Project: • Contribution to the design of the internal layouts as well as the form of the house. • 3-D modelling and rendering of the views of the project for publication. • Complete working drawing set. • Site visits and site supervision. • Contribution to the graphics and photography of the project for publication.

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Located in Noida, the 3200SF site is set along a series of private family residences. Conceived as a composition of primary volumes, this three-bedroom house is designed for single family use. The house is envisioned with three main design elements on the front faรงade - a circular drum as a living space is juxtaposed against a triangular wedge that contains the services, while a rectilinear cube establishes the boundary conditions. The two volumes are separated with a slit window of the bedroom that helps accentuate the intersection. A large portion of the circular living space is carved out along the views towards the park on the front east corner of the site to allow for a seamless flow of visual connectivity. The whole composition is framed in a rectilinear concrete square that is aligned to the diagonal east facing cut-out.


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In order to amplify the scale of the living areas and maximise spatial planning, no partitions divide the living and dining areas. An existing Ber tree towards the rear of the site has been retained, with the rear bedroom and dining space being orchestrated around it to create an external spill-out zone. A small foyer connects the living area to the two bedrooms with attached bathrooms on the ground floor as well as the staircase that leads up to the bedroom on the first floor, opening up into the terrace. An oculus over the stair washes the entire space with sunlight. Large windows with thin black metal frames allow the internal living spaces to flow into the front and rear spaces at the ground floor level. The square metal frames also allow for ample light and ventilation into the building, whilst reducing the visual density of the different volumes.


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Built at a budget of less than $18 per square foot within a timeframe of 6 months, the house establishes itself as a prototype of lowcost, sustainable urban housing, to ensure a pragmatic shift in the overall approach to design and construction strategies. The building is constructed in exposed brick and concrete, which has lowered its cost of construction considerably, while crafting monolithic volumes in its design. Additionally, the cost of the metal frames in the windows is much lower as compared to typically used wooden frames that need to be coupled with additional grills for safety. Light grey, locally available Kota stone is used for the flooring that complements the overall aesthetic of the house.


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