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CANDIDACY REVIEW PRESENTATION MAY, 2018

ANKITA GANDHI


The Future of LOCAL The following pillars come together to form an urban landscape that is created for and by its residents. They respond to the characteristics and qualities that give Savannah its sense of neighborhood identity. Through the context of identity, we create a connection to the fabric of historic Savannah, through imagination and innovative planning we create.

THE FUTURE RESIDENT REFLECTIVE LIVING

USER DEFINED URBANISM

A.

C.

THE FUTURE OF LOCAL - Savannah, Georgia STUDIO I GROUP PROJECT / URBAN DESIGN M.ARCH PROGRAM, SCAD SEPTEMBER 2018 - NOVEMBER 2018


E OF LOCAL CLIMATE CONSCIOUS DESIGN

View from the top of the Community Center. (Left)

View from Indian St, overlooking Yamacraw Park.(Left)

FILTERED PERMEABILITY

View from building garden.(Left)

Bird’s-eye view of Savannah’s Local District. (Right) The smith family lives at 649 indian st. Right in the heart of savannah’s new local district. They chose this area because of their ability to live near the new business that mr. & Mrs. Smith have started, a full service bakery. In addition they love the proximity to their children’s school and their building’s garden where they have been sourcing some of the produce for their business.

Josè is a student studying plant biology with a particular interest in urban farming. For him, the Local District became the perfect test kitchen for exploring the impacts that community farming and urban agriculture on the cohesiveness of a community fabric. While he is just a student, Josè is considering putting down roots in the community that he knows and loves.

Mr. Singh is a leader in the Local District community, serving on neighborhood boards in addition to being the outreach director at the community center. A long time Savannah resident, he saw the local district as an opportunity to bring the character of Savannah into the 21st century. While he spends much of his time during the day at the community center he is also an avid arts lover and can often be found at the district arts center in Yamacraw Park.

Mr. and Mrs. Davidson have been coming to Savannah on vacation for years but, they now have a new favorite feature, the Local District. While they love the history of the rest of Savannah the energy in this vibrant corridor is not to be missed. Mrs. Davidson loves the fresh farm to table restaurants along Indian St. while Mr. Davidson thinks the serenity of Yamacraw Park at sunset can’t be missed.

B.

B.

View from end of Yamacraw Park

View from elevated pedestrian walk.

Restaurant

Office

Residential

View of elevated buildings and under market space.

Commercial

Terrace garden

Retail

View of Indian Street shopping.

Flexible residential spaces

Community gathering space Public fountain

C. A.

Public Square

Green rooftop

Shaded walkway

Internal Courtyard Community Farming plots Canal

Internal Courtyard

Canal with hyrdoponic farming

Urban farming Canal with hyrdoponic farming

Wet land revitalization

View of Indian Street square and shopping.


SITE PLAN


USER DEFINED URBANISM

RESIDENT REFLECTIVE LIVING

CLIMATE CONSCIOUS DESIGN

FILTERED PERMEABILITY


SECTION B - Through the propsed park area

SECTION C - Through the community center and mixed housing units

SECTION C - Through the educational center and housing


View from elevated pedestrian walk

View from the top of the communtiy center


View of Indian street shopping

Bird’s-eye view of Savannah’s local district


THE SOCIAL CIRCUIT - Guelph, Canada STUDIO II PROJECT / LYCUEM FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION ENTRY PROJECT M.ARCH PROGRAM, SCAD JANUARY 2018 - MARCH 2018


THE CIRCUIT The idea is based on the belief that the truth about circuit phenomena is hidden rather in the movement from simple to complex circuits than in the final perfect circuit solutions. A pictorial analogy may exist between city plans and circuit boards, an energy in each may seek a particular goal or destination. Highly functioning cities are all about connectivity, not just from a technical perspective but also from a socio-economic perspective. They connect people with people, businesses with people, businesses with businesses and people with utilities. This heightened level of communication and information transfer creates efficiency and social opportunities.


carden street Wilson street riVer promenade marKet promenade

the circuit The idea is based on the belief that the truth about circuit phenomena is hidden rather in the movement from simple to complex circuits than in the final perfect circuit solutions. A pictorial analogy may exist between city plans and circuit boards, an energy in each may seek a particular goal or destination. Highly functioning cities are all about connectivity, not just from a technical perspective but also from a socio-economic perspective. They connect people with people, businesses with people, businesses with businesses and people with utilities. This heightened level of communication and information transfer creates efficiency and social opportunities. The function of cities and circuit boards is to direct energy in a certain way to lead to desired results. Cities have nodes, such as destinations where energy is directed to. This energy is in the form of people and resources. Roads are used to direct energy in a certain way. Circuit boards too have roads in the form of circuits.

retail and restaurants train station city hall and marKet square proposed marKet structure Basilica of our lady immaculate


This concept is reflected in the working of the market. Just like a circuit has a capacitor, the market has it’s central social capacitor. What makes capacitors special is their ability to store energy; they’re like a fully charged electric battery and have all sorts of critical applications in circuits. The function of the market will focus around making energy, especially in the form of people, to circulate in a certain way by the energy generated by the social capacitor.

exploring folding techniques

MODULE ‘A’

MODULE ‘B’

MODULE ‘D’

MODULE ‘C’

modular hierarchy

A folded surface could be further divided into modules which can have transformable facets throughout the structure as a response to the climatic conditions and the functional aesthetics. The density of the mass of the folded module and the amount of light filtered in the structure could decide the function and importance of spaces.

ZONES EAT TOGETHER

B

A

WORK TOGETHER

CAFE/ RESTAURANT

COMMUNITY WORK STUDIO

VENDORS/ STORES

PRIVATE OFFICES MODULAR FLEXIBLE WORK STATIONS

D

LIVE TOGETHER

GROW TOGETHER

2/3 BHK APARTMENTS

FARMING PLOTS

FLEXIBLE APARTMENTS

CLASSROOM/ WORKSHOPS

COMMUNAL SPACES

SOCIAL CAPACITOR POP-UP STALLS/PERFORMANCE AREA

C

THE MODULAR GRID

MODULES FIT INTO A STANDARD GRID DEFINING THE SPACES AS WELL AS MAKING THEM FLEXIBLE


CREATING A COHERENT URBANIZED ENVIRONMENT : STREET CONNECTIONS

WILSON STREET

Street side cafeterias and food stalls, with street performers reinforces the widening plan for Wilson street

Visual urban infill : scattered low density, framing street and functions

RIVER CONNECTION PROMENADE

Beautification elements creating visual density.

Visual urban infill : High density modules with solar panels

Interactive street pattern creating identity, leading upto the market. Pathway made up of components representing guelph


CARDEN STREET

Introduction of components from the market. Mix of street vendors from stalls from market and stalls from retail and restaurants opposite.

Interactive street pattern creating identity, leading upto the market. Pathway made up of components representing guelph

MARKET PROMENADE

Visual urban infill : scattered low density, framing street and functions

Farmer’s market, pop-up market, and vendor stalls

Semi enclosed canopy creating a sense of space leading up to the structure

Visual urban infill : High density modules with solar panels


LONGITUDINAL SECTION

MODULE C

MODULE D

A

WILSON STREET CONNECTION

SEMI COVERED TERRACE

STALLS

RESIDENTIAL UNIT

INTERACTIVE PATHWAY

MODULES ANGLED TO FOR MAXMUM NATURAL LIGHTING

B

A B WILSON STREET CONNECTION

MARKET PROMENADE

THE SOCIAL CAPACITOR

VENDOR AND STALLS

RESIDENTIAL AND OFFICES


CROSS SECTION

MODULE A

MODULE B C

MODULE C D

CAFE WITH CONTROLLED NATURAL LIGHTING

VENDOR SPACE DEFINED BY ADEQUATE LIGHTING

RESTAURANT

VENDOR STALLS

E SEMI-OPEN MODULE CANOPY WITH PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS VENDOR STALLS

SCULPTURE AS A PERMANENT FEATURE FOR THE PEOPLE TO IDENTITFY WITH.

INTERACTIVE PATHWAY

C CAFE AND RSTAURANT

D VENDOR STALLS

E

RIVER CONNECTION PROMENADE


FE

STRUCTURAL MODEL : STEEL MEMBERS AND CONNECTIONS THE STRUCTURE: TOILETS

TOILETS

OFFICE

The market building is a two floor structure which is laid on on a 12’ x 12’ grid. The reason for choosing a steel structural system was to achieve lightness and an uninterruped continuous span. A typical bay assumed for this kind of a structure is 48’ X 24’ The four columns on the periphery of the bay are 9” x 9”. The primay beams forming a ring around the bay are 9” x 27” the secondary beam which support the grid of skylights are 6” x 12”

CONFERENCE STORE

OFFICE

OFFICE

OFFICE

STORE

TOILETS CONFERENCE

COURTYARD

CO-WORKING SPACES

FORMAL WORK STATIONS

ORGANIC FARMING EDUCATION PANTRY

INFORMAL WORK SPACE

VENDORS

POP-UP MARKET/ VENDOR STALLS

VENDORS

VENDORS

PERFORMANCE 48 ft AREA

VENDORS

POP-UP MARKET/ VENDOR STALLS STORES

STORES

CAFE VENDORS

VENDORS

PERFORMANCE AREA

24 ft

CLASSROOMS

WAY TO WORKSHOP

VENDORS

VENDORS COURTYARD

COURTYARD

COURTYARD

WORKSHOPS

VENDORS

ENTRANCE FROM WILSON STREET

24 ft

12 ft

6 ft STRUCTURAL MEMBERS: COLUMNS : 9” X 9” PRIMARY BEAMS: 9” X 27” SECONDARY BEAMS : 6’ X 12”

WAY TO WORKSHOP

FLOOR TO FLOOR HEIGHT : 23’ TYPICAL BAY : 48’ X 24’ 48 ft


REFLECTION STATEMENT This exercise has helped me realise that often structures that seem very complicated owing to their complex facades, have very simple and resolved structural systems. This is the principle that I plan to apply to my structure to achieve the lightness and a system that will provide a structural base for my market roofs which are series of skylights. Upon talking to the structural engineer, Mr. John Moore, I learned that in the practical field of construction, it’s mostly not about using the right sizes of structural members only according to calculations. There are several other factors that one must take into account while designing a structural system. For instance, in my structural system, I had initially proposed columns and beams of the same width. When one constructs the column to beam connection, there are plates that get welded on to the surface of the beam that needs to fit in the space between the flanges of the column. On top of that, there needs to be space for a person to carry out the process. Due to this I have been able to revise some of my structural member sizes. My discussion with Mr. Moore has definitely been =invaluable and has reinforced the reason for using this type of a structural system.


SITE PLAN

SITE PLAN

1 1/32” = 1’0”


FIRST FLOOR PLAN GROUND FLOOR PLAN

2


SECOND FLOOR PLAN SECOND FLOOR PLAN

3


BASEMENT PLAN

BASEMENT FLOOR PLAN

4


STRUCTURAL DETAIL


TECHNICAL SECTION


CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOPS AUROVILLE, INDIA JUNE 2012, JUNE 2016


ARCH CONSTRUCTION

CREATING VAULTS

DOME CONSTRUCTION

AUROVILLE EARTH INSTITUTE

Auroville Earth institute specialiizes in researching, developing, promoting and transferring earth-based technologies, which are cost and energy effective. One of the aims of the Institute is to give people the possibility to create and build for themselves their own habitat, while using earth techniques.

ARCHES, VAULTS AND DOMES WORKSHOP THE WORKSHOP WAS DIVIDED INTO TO PARTS: THEORY: . Study of various details about AVD (acoustics, formulae) . Stability study of basic shapes with the Funicular Method. . Designing AVD with optimization method. . Basic structural principles. . Diverstiy of Arches, Vaults and Domes.

CONSTRUCTION: . Construction principles for (personal practice) building AVD (Arches, Vaults and Domes) . Building various vaults without centering. . Building various vaults (creative work) and domes without centering.


BAMBOO FURNITURE CONSTRUCTION PHASES

AUROVILLE BAMBOO CENTER

The Auroville Bamboo Centre offers transfer of knowledge, skills and technologies that utilize bamboo and that help to conserve the environment. The workshop aims at teaching its participants the basics of working with bamboo, a plant with amazing characteristics. It starts off with learning how to harvest, treat and work with bamboo using both traditional and modern techniques.

BAMBOO FURNITURE CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP

This workshop offers design and build sessions. Pieces of interior furniture or small bamboo structures are first designed and are then implemented under theguidance of facillitators. Emphasis is given on the kinds of joinery and the design comprises of all the types of joinery mastered. The workshop ends with the finished of the piece of furniture and is then proceeded to the smoking chamber.


VOLUNTEER AND SERVICE LEARNING DHARMALAYA : AN INSTITUTE FOR COMPASSIONATE LIVING - BIR, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA JUNE, 2014


ORGANIC FARMING

BUILDING ADOBES

DHARMALAYA

Dharmalaya Institute is devoted to education and empowerment for compassionate living, with a practical focus on sustainable village development and contemplative service- learning. The volunteering work period encompasses learning and practicing the arts of sustainable living in the Himalayas by doing various kinds of service work related to traditional, eco-friendly earthen building, organic gardening and natural landscaping. There is plenty of hands-on work which includes working with natural materials like adobe, stone and bamboo. It is a great opportunity to learn about green living and the Himalayan culture in the process.

CONSTRUCTING A DORMITORY

This volunteering period encompassed the construction of a dormitory as an extention to the institute. It included participation at various stages of the project; from building adobes to planing wooden beams to the application of earthen plaster to the exterior and interior. It also included excavation to lay sewers and organic farming on the land surrounding the dormitory. Besides architectural elements, the volunteering period also included community service opprtunities like hospitality, cooking and maintenance.

PLANING WOODEN BEAMS


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