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table of contents. p2

about me + curriculum vitae.

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Towards Zero Carbon Chicago | Prof. Anotny Wood | 2012

post [waste] office.

zero zero triple zero.

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Triple Zero High Rise | Prof. Werner Sobek | 2011

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A Private Residence | Space Problem | Prof. Arthur Takeuchi | 2010

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An Art Gallery| Space Problem ii | Prof. Arthur Takeuchi | 2011

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Montessori School | Prof. John Issa | 2010

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First-Second Year projects | various professors | 2007-08

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when not doing studio.

void is space. float it all.

circle circle everywhere.

learn draw make repeat.

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about me. 1989.

Born and grew up in| Jaipur | India

2002-2005.

Went to a boarding School | Scindia School | Gwalior | India

2005-2007.

Finished High school | M.S.M.S.V. | Jaipur | India

2007.

Came to the US for college | Illinois Institute of Technology | Chicago

2009.

Went for a study abroad program | Spain | Portugal | Paris | Amsterdam

2012.

Graduate with a Prof. B. Arch. | Illinois Institute of Technology | Chicago

Born and brought up in India, I have been very fortunate to be living amidst a plethora of cultures that my country offers. In spite of tremendous diversity, the cultures somehow found a way to blend so beautifully. This interwoven expression is evident in the ancient Indian architecture. I can never forget the day I stepped in front of the magnificent Taj Mahal, in Agra. As a child I felt mesmerized, and quickly realized that human capabilities are immense and that one should tap ones own capabilities to the maximum. Moving to Chicago, and to study under a ‘Miesian’ curriculum, was an opportunity I knew I couldn’t miss. I got to know fast, how much there was to learn, and how much there was to do. Even after working with amazing professors for five years, the thought of learning and sharing something new still excites me. I am ready to channelize all the things I have learnt in to practical experience, and along the way exchange my set of skills and knowledge with other colleagues.

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I would like to thank you for considering me, and would like to share with you that I am hardworking, sincere, diligent, and an extrovert, who is always motivated to acquire new skills. I will bring with me to the table the passion that will not only drive me to work hard but will also encourage others around me. ~Archit Sawhney


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curriculum vitae. education.

Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago | U.S.A. Prof. B. Architecture | Class of 2012 Specialization | Digital Design M.S.M.S. Vidyalaya Jaipur | India High School | Class of 2007 Top 5%

work.

Mishra Garg & associates Jaipur | India Summer Intern | 2010 3d Models | Schematic Design | CAD Hotel | Commercial Chandra associates Jaipur | India Winter Intern |2009 Design process | Managing Client meetings| CAD Residential Mies Van der Rohe Society Chicago | U.S.A Student Ambassador | 2008- present Tours | Events Institiutional Adavancement, IIT Chicago | U.S.A Phonathon Manager | 2008- present Fund-raising | Managing a team of 10

awards. Leadership Academy Scholar

A full tuition award given to a few students who best demonstrate leadership skills. International Student Merit Scholarship Stryker Award Nomination | Outstanding Student Employee of the Year | 2012 IIT Architecture Deans list | 2008-2012 SOAR IIT Scholarship | 2010

skills.

Proficient with both Windows | MAC Autodesk AutoCAD | 3dsMax Design Rhino | Revit | SketchUp Adobe Photoshop | Illustrator | InDesign MADCAM | CNC machines | MS office Excellent model making skills | craft skills photography | water coloring | material knowledge

languages.

Bilingual | English | Hindi

exhibition.

CTBUH | Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill | CAF The Toawrds Zero Carbon studio project with Prof. Antony Wood of CTBUH in collaboration with the AS+GG is showcased in the ‘Unseen City’ Exhibit, in the Chicago Architecture Foundation Lobby in Chicago from June 2012- November 2012

workshop.

Werner Sobek | Manfred Hegger In Fall 2011, Prof. Sobek and Manfred Hegger hosted a three-day workshop and charrette between their students from the Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Darmstadt, and University of Stuttgart.

contact. Archit Sawhney 1620 S. Michigan Ave. Apt. 819 Chicago | U.S.A. +1.312.810.6802 archit.sawhney@gmail.com www.architsawhney.com

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post [waste] office.

Towards Zero Carbon Chicago | Prof. Anotny Wood | 2012

The city of Chicago, spends $231 per ton of trash disposal, making Chicago the highest paying city for waste management in the US, with second highest being Los Angeles which pays $129 for the same ton.” -Rahm Emmanuel, Mayor of Chicago concept.

This project is based on the De-carbonization Plan of Chicago, that was introduced by the architecture firm, AS+GG. The De-carb plan, identifies the problems that the city of Chicago has and how we as architects can help Chicago be a Zero Energy city by the year 2030.

studio.

The task of this studio was to conduct a thorough research to identify key performance indicators, in order to help the city of Chicago achieve the Zero Energy target. I selected the Old Post Office Building, designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White in 1920. This site is a perfect example of how a large abandoned industrial building in the cities in the US remain unused forever.

project.

Recycling and waste management in Chicago has long been problematic, with costs much higher than most cities due to inefficient pickup routes and long travel distances to remote landfills. It was important to re-use (that is “recycle”) the long-abandoned Post Office building to prevent waste of demolition and the energy and material expenditure of new construction. The Chicago Main Post Office provides an efficient and iconic space for managing the vast amount of waste coming from the Loop. Waste processing fuels on-site energy generation and artists and small industry take advantage of on-site recyclables. Winter gardens grow out of the roof providing a public amenity and the entire building doubles as Old Post Office Building, Chicago (1920) an education center, where the recycling process is on display.

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Enclosed arboretum and the artist’s fabrication space

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urbancontext study

old post office transport stations coal tunnels pedestrian movement landmarks

urban context study

This study shows all the important transport stations, and famus chicago landmarks within close proximity of the Old post office. The pedestrain study revealed that there was extremely low pedestrain traffic right aroud the building. 6


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adaptive re-use.

Rather than tear down the existing massive structure, a new function was brought in to utilize what has already been built.

existing building | The Old Chicago

split the building | Congress Parkway

add chimney | A large chimney was added

add arboretum | The robustness of the ex-

Main Post Office was a major hub for mail processing, housing heavy sorting equipment in 3 million square feet of space.

to the southern half of the building, needed to exhaust the new energy equipment.

currently runs through the building’s lowest floors. This division was opened up through the entire building to form a grand atrium.

isting structure allowed for a large arboretum to be built on the roof.

eliminate floors | Due to low floor-to-floor heights, every other floor was removed to accommodate the large recycling and energy production equipment.

add roof structure | Roof structure added for enclosed winter garden space

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Exterior view of the Post {Waste} Office

Outdoor rooftop arboretum and exhibition space

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Grand atrium showcasing lare art installations and teh connection tubes used for waste circulation.


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key section

Grey area is all the mechanical facilities, and the colored areas showcase the Museum, Artist’s space, as well as the Arboretum.

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This layout hhighlights the various circulation systems in the building. There are different routes for waste, electriciy, artists, factory workers, museum visitors and genera public. The ground floor spans two entire chicago blocks, so it was important to provide different entrances and circulation paths.

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The building’s location just east of the loop allows for easy access for waste delivery. The existing loading docks have been expanded and now accept waste rather than mail. Pedestrian links are created to the north through the restored art deco grand lobby, and across the river to the east by a new pedestrian “green” bridge and riverwalk.


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Physical Model : Scale : 1” = 50’-0”

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zero zero triple zero.

Dermis Tower | Triple Zero High Rise | Prof. Werner Sobek | 2011

concept.

This project is based on the triple zero concept introduced by Prof. Werner Sobek himself, which calls for buildings that can generate sufficient energy over the years to power themselves, that produce no emissions and that can be fully dissembled and recycled at the end of their life-cycle.

studio.

The task of this studio is to design a 240 meter high rise apartment building according to the triple zero concept in downtown Chicago. The site is located next to the river, adjacent to the NBC building and the Gleacher Center.

project.

My project is called the Dermis tower. Its called so, because my focus was on the skin/facade of the building. The main facade of this building is composed of four elements, photo-voltaic cells, solar thermal pipes, wind-turbines and clear glass called the Energy Curtain. The point is to maximize the energy gain, yet maintain the aesthetic quality of a luxury high-rise apartment building. I decided to use double facade, allowing the Energy curtain to be independent, which results in small balconies every third floor behind the energy curtain. Most of the exterior windows are operable, providing fresh cool air when needed and can be closed in the winter to trap the heat. I have carefully selected the energy gaining products in such a way that they are somewhat see through, allowing beautiful views of the city.

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site plan

interior view from point B

energy optimization.

Reduce Energy consumption by 50% by using the triple glazing, operable windows, and other tertiary devices for example, sensors for each unit and LED lighting. The Energy curtain consists of: 6000 meter sq. of Photo-voltaic cells + 3500 meter sq. of Solar thermal pipes + 48 Wind turbines

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energy curtain

These combined together can generate up to 40% of the buildings consumption need.


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consider the neighbor.

interior view from point A

One of the most amazing aspects of high-rise design are their views. Since the historic NBC tower is right north of our site, I wanted to keep in mind, that not only does my building maximizes the views and natural light, but also that it doesn’t block the views for the people of the NBC tower. The triangular floor plan of the building does exactly that, gaining us views in all three directions. exterior view

west elevation

east elevation

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typical floor plan 16

The efficient floor plan gives direct access to natural light and ventilation in all the rooms in all the apartments. This minimizes the use of artificial light.

building section


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wind turbine detail

3-floor section

Every three floors, the 2.5 meter double facade cavity space serves as a balcony. Not only does that provide the residents the luxury of balconies in a high-rise building, but also helps the community engage with each other.

solar thermal pipe detail

This unique mullion design, allows the freshly heated water in the solar thermal pipes to travel. To maximize the efficiency and avoid the loss of heat in travel time, every three floors have an independent shared system.

curtain wall connection detail

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physical models. 1. Scale.......1:20 2. Scale...........1:500

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1. 3-floor section

2. overall building

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void is space.

concept.

The Space Problem, an advanced course initiated and taught by Mies Van der Rohe himself and continued without interruption A Private Residence | Space Problem | Prof. Arthur Takeuchi | 2010 to this day. The primary focus of this studio is to understand the spatial aspects of space, the so called ‘free plan’, its language and grammar. Lao Tse said, “ the reality of the bowl is not in its wall or material but in the void contained within.”

interior view rendering

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studio.

The study at first is a series of exercises to make clear the rudiments of space, its formation and syntax. Next, is the application of these basic spatial principles to the solution of a project encompassing functional, and programmatic requirements. Along with the study of space is the study of materials, and their expressive qualities to enhance space.

project.

A Private Courtyard Residence for a professional couple who collects art. Although not designed primarily as modular housing, it should have an option to serve the purpose of modular housing on a typical Chicago lot.

Miesian collage

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physical model: Scale 1”=3’-0”

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float it all.

An Art Gallery | The Space Problem ii | Prof. Arthur Takeuchi | 2011

concept.

The Space Problem ii is a more in depth study of buildings to that of space, that is, to the void contained within. Its modern form comes out of steel skeleton construction, one of history’s major inventions, which freed the wall of its traditional load-bearing role and fixed position in space and led in due time to a new kind of space that is open, flowing and continuous. The course deals with the language and grammar of this new space.

studio.

This studio focus is on the Floor Planes. They become space elements giving shape to space in a vertical context. The possibilities for new artistic expression that were vaguely suggested in the formative phases of the technical achievement now emerge in clearer form. In contrast to compartmentalized space as in traditional buildings, space now becomes an ensemble of freely articulated space segments, open, transparent, and flowing-ultimately liberating. The course this term deals with the Space Problem related to both the vertical and the horizontal.

project.

The program for this studio, is a private Art gallery, owned by a couple who host big events and showcase their private art collection. This gallery also houses a bedroom, kitchen, and a vault. The site although being arbitrary, had a given 11 degree slope, sloping down from the North-west corner to the south east corner.

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physical model: Scale 1”=3’-0”


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exterior view of the courtyards

exterior view of the entrance

interior view of the lower level

interior view of the second mezzanine

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Building Section

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Ground Floor Plan

Mezzanines


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Miesian collage

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physical model: Scale 1”=3’-0”

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concept.

The concept for this project comes from the unique site conditions. The site is located on 1767 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. There are abandoned train tracks right north of the site, which the city is planning to convert to a park similar to the New York Highline. This park is known as the Bloomingdale Trail, and although this park wasn’t developed at the time, the proposals for the trail were already present. I designed this school, keeping in mind that this park would become an important part of the school and vice versa. While studying the plans, and the surroundings, the ‘forest’ of circular tree trunks really inspired me. This project responds to these trees, and how they become part of the site. Furthermore, these circles in plan then start accommodating different functions including, structural elements, skylights, circulation, and play ground elements.

studio.

This studio was based on understanding the method of Montessori teachings. This educational approach was developed by an Italian physician, Maria Montessori. A Montessori education is emphasized on independence, freedom with limits, and respect for a child’s psychological development as well as technological developments in the society. Amongst the most common features are Mixed-age classrooms, student’s choice of activities, and uninterrupted student work time. Though unique, these schools aren’t uncommon. This style of teaching has received a lot of popularity in the recent years.

project.

The program for this studio, is to design a Montessori School for the city of Chicago, that would cater students aged between 3-14 years old. A major component of the school was a library that could house the study material required for the school, as well as an outdoor area, where students could go outside in their free time. Being situated in a residential neighborhood, we also had to consider the incoming traffic carefully, whether it was motor or pedestrian.

bloomingdale trail

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circle circle everywhere.

Montessori School | Prof. John Issa | 2010

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outdoor play area

While designing the play area, I kept in mind the weather of Chicago. With unpredictable rains, snow and heavy winds, children only get to play outside 3-4 months outside. By having a secondary outdoor area, which is covered to protect against bad weather, it gives the children the pleasure of fresh air. Here the circles functioning as skylights bring in a lot of natural light.

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bloomingdale trail

classroom

classroom classroom

classroom

classroom

classroom

classroom

outdoor play area

looking down in the library

classroom bloomingdale trail

classroom outdoor play area

ground floor plan

multi-purpose area

library

mechanical room lobby

administration

ground floor plan

looking outside from the classroom

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physical models. 1. Scale...........1/8”=1’-0” 2. Scale...........1/4”=1’-0”

1. overall building

2. building section

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sections.

library

The library was a designed as an element that can have access from the outside as well as inside. It runs as an independent entity but it is located amidst a variety of programs. The children can chose to be outside or the library during their free time.

support

Here you can see, the circles in plans serves as different functions in section. Some as vertical circulation, where some as skylight. They also serve as columns, and play stairs.

sky light

circulation

play

section detail

support

play

sky light

circulation

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learn draw make repeat.

A Lake house | Prof. Benjamin Riley | 2008

studio.

This studio was focused on learning all the basic principles of wood construction. We began with small exercises like window details and then progressed to roof details, foundations and next learned how to connect wood with a new material, stone. This studio also required us to hand draft all the drawings, as well as a detailed final model.

project.

The program for this studio, was a weekend retreat family residence, located on the Lake Michigan. The site provided us with the opportunity to engage with the lake and the program was set so we can be very flexible with the space. I incorporated movable louvers on the north and south facade providing solar shading for morning and evening sun, while still allowing the residents to enjoy the views.

section through the fireplace

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section through the louvers

roof detail


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facing the lake

facing the street

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learn draw make repeat.

Color Project| Prof. David Goodman | 2008

project.

The Color Project was introduced to the IIT first-year curriculum by Mies Van der Rohe himself. It is meant to teach us application of color in an architectural form. Moreover, it is supposed to help us understand different color schemes. I was given two words, mystery and reveal, and I was supposed to use Crown Hall as a site and design a color installation inspired from my two words. I used one of the 6’ X 8’ glass panels as my installation site for my piece. This wooden panel has 45 degree slits that are painted in two color tones, yellow to red and yellow to green. the individual tones can be seen only at the 45 degree angle.

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learn draw make repeat.

Final Pod Project| Prof. David Goodman | 2008

project.

The Pod Project, is the final project of our first-year curriculum. The assignment is to design a Pod, that can accommodate a minimum of two people. It is a project where we are allowed to pick our own material, but it has to be recyclable. The idea here is to really learn the qualities of the materials we pick. Here I picked wood, and experimented with its bending as well as bundling capabilities. This temporary pod, is designed in a way that it can be easily placed or easily taken down.

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when not doing studio.

Unseen City | Exhibition | Prof. Antony Wood + ASGG + CAF | 2012

exhibit.

The Toawrds Zero Carbon studio project, Post [Waste] Office, with Prof. Antony Wood of CTBUH in collaboration with the firm Adrian Smith|Gorgon Gill is showcased in the ‘Unseen City’ Exhibit, in the Chicago Architecture Foundation Lobby in Chicago from June 2012November 2012. In our studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 12 architecture students reimagine what a skyscraper can be. Their six proposals address central issues for the construction of a more livable Chicago.

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CHICAGO REVEALED

Post [Waste] Office

Recovering all waste leaving the Loop for recycling and energy creation

Post [Waste] Office

Post [Waste] Office

Recovering all waste leaving the Loop for recycling and energy creation

physical model: Scale 1” = 50’-0”

The Post [Waste] Office transforms the vacant Old Chicago Main Post Office into a waste management center for the Loop. The building combines recycling, energy generation, and community engagement. Recycling and waste management in Chicago has long been problematic, with costs much higher than most cities due to inefficient pickup routes and long travel distances to remote landfills. It was important to re-use (that is “recycle”) the long-abandoned Post Office building to prevent waste of demolition and the energy and material expenditure of new construction.

The Chicago Main Post Office provides an efficient and iconic space for managing the vast amount of waste coming from the Loop. Waste processing fuels on-site energy generation and artists and small industry take advantage of on-site recyclables. Winter gardens grow out of the roof providing a public amenity and the entire building doubles as an education center, where the recycling process is on display.

Adaptive Re-Use Rather than tear down the existing massive structure, a new function was brought in to utilize what has already been built.

Existing Building: The Old Chicago Main Post Office was a major hub for mail processing, housing heavy sorting equipment in 3 million square feet of space.

Split the Building: Congress Parkway currently runs through the building’s lowest floors. This division was opened up through the entire building to form a grand atrium.

Add Chimney: A large chimney was added to the southern half of the building, needed to exhaust the new energy equipment.

Add Arboretum: The robustness of the existing structure allowed for a large arboretum to be built on the roof.

Eliminate Floors: Due to low floorto-floor heights, every other floor was removed to accommodate the large recycling and energy production equipment.

Accessibility The building’s location just east of the loop allows for easy access for waste delivery. The existing loading docks have been expanded and now accept waste rather than mail. Pedestrian links are created to the north through the restored art deco grand lobby, and across the river to the east by a new pedestrian “green” bridge and riverwalk.

“The city of Chicago, spends $231 per ton of trash disposal, the highest paying city in the US, with the second highest being Los Angeles which pays $129 for the same ton.”

Rooftop Arboretum Pedestrian routes take visitors throughout the entire building allowing it to serve as an education center. These routes culminate at the roof where a glass-enclosed arboretum housing trees and green space is open yearround to the public. This green house space serves as a public amenity for events or leisure and increases the building as a “destination” to visit.

Bryon Krebs & Archit Sawhney

panel 1 | 12’ X 4’

Santa Fe Buidling Lobby, Chicago

panel 2 | 12’ X 4’

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when not doing studio.

Material Exploration | Digital Fabrication | Prof. T.J. McLeish | 2012

project.

The Material Exploration project is an assignment in my Digital Fabrication class. I picked Stone as my material since I was interested in learning more about its transparency and also how thin could I cut it before it breaks. The stone I chose is Soapstone, and I tried to achieve different thickness at different points of the stones to see the difference in translucency. The idea behind this project is also how to transfer a digital shape into a physical model, using the help of a CNC machine. As a result I got as thin as 1/16th inch before it broke, and the terrain like design allowed me to successfully see the difference in opacity.

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when not doing studio.

Freehand drawing | Photography | Watercolors | Traveling

Ampliaci贸n Fira de Barcelona | Spain

Palau de la M煤sica | Barcelona

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Silver Cloud | Anish Kapoor | Millennium Park | Chicago

Lincoln Park Boat House | Studio Project | Prof. Andrew Tinucci | 2009

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thank you for your consideration.


archit sawhney ********

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