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Portfolio Ashim K. Manna

Bachelors in Architecture,2007 Masters in Architecture (Urban Design),2009 Masters of Science in Human Settlements, 2015

A - 00.23, Residentie Wisteria, 101, Sint Jansbergsesteenweg, Leuven, 3001, Belgium E - ashim84@gmail.com M - +32-484695376


ABOUT MYSELF - Post-graduate urban designer with five years

experience in Urban design and Master-planning for various Residential, Institutional and Mixed-use projects in India. Having a strong background of inter disciplinary academic work, both national and International projects and knowledge of urban design and master-planning aspects within India. Over past seven years I have developed an interest in studying water systems and integrating them into the Urban landscape, to understand and generate ‘design frameworks’ based on site specific contexts with water sensitive design strategies for large developments.

LIST OF PROJECTS Professional Projects

Dubai Hils Masterplan Feasibility studies for Mixed Use master plan, Gurgaon The of Qingshan Riverside CBD Implementation Plan, Wuhan Revision the sectors, Naya Raipur Capital City Masterplan for high rise residential development, Mumbai Residential masterplan, Pune Birla Texmaco Mills Redevelopment, Delhi Masterplanning - Residential School, Atchikadu Residential Masterplan Kondhwa, Pune Residential Masterplan Karihobanahalli, Bangalore Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur Indian Institute of Technology,Mandi East Avenue Masterplan, Wagholi, Pune Mandakini Enclave - In Praise of Walkable Cities, New Delhi BPTP Amstoria Masterplan

Academic Projects

Water Urbanism, Banjarmasin, Indonesia Spatial Planning Studio, Antwerp Le Le Fleuve Majeure - Workshop, France Mithi - Confluence of rivers Urban Design Thesis Urban Design Studio - Small Town Urbanism Urban Design Studios - Public spaces and orders

Sketch depicting the surroundings around my workplace in New Delhi

Contents


Entertainment District

CONTEXT

April, 2014

Surrounding Development

Conceptual Development

Entertainment District

Views of the development

Residential District

Plot 33 Plot 32

Linear Park

Plot 31

Mid rise Residential

Legend Site - Plots 30 to 33

Connection with neighborhood greens

Villa District

Legend Site - Plots 30 to 33

Public Plaza

Views towards neighborhood park

Plot 30

Mid rise Residential

Connection to metro/masterplan road

Low rise Villas Entertaintment District

Site Legibility and Access

Residential District The 14.18 acre site is part of the prestigious 2687 acre mixed use Dubai Plot Hills estate. The upcoming Dubai Metro lines and 33 downtown Dubai Plotare in close proximity. The location of the site offers a 32 Plot 31 number of interesting opportunities in terms of edge treatment and massing. Plot 30 The masterplan park is likely to be a lively animated space offering respite to the residents and recreation opportunities. Additionally, there is likely to Villa District be reasonable pedestrian movement connecting the two metro stations via the linear green space/ promenade to the east of the site. There is an opportunity to create a landmark at the junction of the two main masterplan roads, and and weAccess have addressed this through our design thinking. The linear Site Legibility promenade to the east of the site offers the site an enormous opportunity in terms of view and maximize green frontage. Low rise Villas

Entertaintment District

Linear Park

Masterplan Road/ Metro

Responsibilities - Analysis, Concept design development, masterplan development, presentation drawings hand drawn and computer graphics, intra studio coordination with architecture and landscape studio during competition stage

Connected courts

Maximizing park views Connected courts

Linear Park

Masterplan Road

Boulevard frontage Entrance

Legend MRTS Line

Open space connections

Masterplan Roads

Important pedestrian node

Facades and Views Arrival point

Legend MRTS Line

Open space connections

Masterplan Roads

Important pedestrian node

Increasing Building Heights

Facades and Views Iconic/ Landmark

Entrance Views of the development

Views of the development Masterplan Road

Legend

Boulevard facing facades

Internal facades

Park facing facades

Park - Landscape Opportunity

Builtup zones - Permissible builtup

Legend

Design Principles

Boulevard facing facades

Internal facades

Park facing facades

Park - Landscape Opportunity

Development Opportunities

Builtup zones - Permissible builtup

The 14.18 acre site is part of the prestigious 2687 acre mixed use Dubai Hills estate. The upcoming Dubai Metro lines (Pink & Purple) and Al Khail Road connect the estate to the airport and downtown Dubai and are in close proximity towards the east of the site. The site is bound by two major masterplan roads to the north and the western edges. These act as central movement spines for the estate, with the metro line running along the middle of the first road. Towards the southern and eastern edge, the site is fronted by a linear park that connects up to a larger masterplan urban park. The location of the site offers a number of interesting opportunities in terms of edge treatment and massing. The masterplan park is likely to be a lively animated space offering

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Design Principles

respite to the residents and recreation opportunities. Additionally, there is likely to be reasonable pedestrian movement connecting the two metro stations via the linear green space/ promenade to the east of the site. Our approach has been to maximise the site’s potentials through our design thinking, in particular to provide maximum number of units that will front the park or have park facing views. Additionally there is an opportunity to create a landmark at the junction of the two main masterplan roads, and we have addressed this through our design thinking. The linear promenade to the east of the site offers the site an enormous opportunity in terms of view and green frontage which we would like to maximise.

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Masterplanning for low rise residential development, Dubai Hills, Emaar MAKKAH

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Design Principle 2 - Creating landscape relief, maximizing views, connected larger private courts

Design Principle 3A - Creating gaps to allow for more views to the Design Principle 3B - Creation of connections to larger greens, and central park from internal courts. maximize number of apartments with park views

We had explored a number of development options before finalising the masterplan. Our design thinking is based on three main concerns - to maximise the number of units with park views, increasing premium for the client - to respond proactively and contextually to the site surroundings - to create a development that allows residents a sense of oneness with their surroundings, yet at the same time offers them a tranquil respite in a quiet setting

Increased buildingheight and iconic building

Internal street

The second principle was to create a concave arc inverse to the convex nature of the site edge. This increased the number of units that would get park views and allowed the development to respond to the linear promenade via landscape interventions. Private courts are connected to provide a strong unified landscape identity to the development.

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The first principle was to establish a variance in heights, increasing the number of storeys towards the road intersection. This complies with the brief (higher FAR for plots 30/31) and again gives units on higher floors in plots 30/31 views to the park.

Signature landscaped plaza fronting public open space

The third principle was to create a strong frontage on the masterplan roads giving residents views towards elegant streetscapes and a perforated edge to the park frontage allowing a seamless integration with the landscape and surroundings, and maximising on views.

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Known Extent of IREO City Source: Victory valley Brochure

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Proposed Internal Roads Landscape Connections Key Local Views

Known Extent of IREO City

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Existing site features • Contiguous land parcel with certain unavailable pockets in the north. • Site can be considered as a series of plateaus, with the lowest part in the north east. The presence of seasonal water channels and localized depression can be a potential. • The eastern and southern sites benefit from extended views of the Ghata lake and the forested ridges of the Aravallis hills • Creating a landscape/ shared amenities buffer between the village and the masterplan for Sector 61 as an holistic approach to masterplanning. The Village routes need careful alignment with internal sector roads to maximize saleable areas. • The existing ROW buffers along the Sector roads have the potential to be developed as interactive pedestrian and landscape corridors. Imagining the City heart • The site in Sector 61 has the largest developable land parcel within IREO City, and has been envisioned as mixed-use development. • It benefits from a long frontage along its eastern periphery, facing the other IREO developments such as Grand Hyatt residences and IREO Golf park/ Sector 58. • The development provides an opportunity to create the “heart” within IREO City through which can emanate all connections, both physical and notional to the other developments.

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- Over the course of the last two decades the city of Gurgaon has undergone a significant transformation. As well as cementing its position as NCR’s largest and most successful satellite town, it has undergone an extensive development drive to become an international economic engine, albeit with limited level of public services and chaotic growth. IREO City is located in the new growth sector of Gurgaon towards the end of the Golf Course Road, and the site in Sector 61 forms a significant part of the City.

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Ireo, Gurgaon

Feasibility studies for Mixed Use master plan, Ireo Developer, India.


CONTEXT - The Wuhan Qingshan Riverside Business District core area of project planning area of 2.19 square kilometers, planning the entire planning area of new construction area of 3.5 million square meters, the main gathering comprehensive office, business, culture, hotels, apartments, houses, schools and other complex functions, in order to meet changing needs due to regional functions and new and existing business people, residents and visitors of other populated. Riverside fully demonstrate the characteristics and industrial legacy elements to create financial Wuhan Riverside natural beauty, industrial Prospering City historical style, eco-green style in one of the Wuhan city “special portal Riverside area.�

Site context - Post Industrial sites, related housing and neglected riverfront

Wuhan

Structure plan for CBD

Design masterplan

Responsibilities - Masterplan sketch development, Presentation drawings ,concept landscape and urban design of sector blocks, presentation drawings.

The Implementation Plan of Qingshan Riverside CBD


CONTEXT - ‘Naya Raipur is planned and designed city of the 21st century to focus on the socio - economic and cultural life of Chattisgarh. The importance of Raipur as a major node in the trade netrok of central India. “Naya Raipur” would reflect the rich heritage and culture of Chattishgarh and India, in its urban desinf and architecture. Special efforts would be taken to ake it a people firiendly and visitor friendly city. City design would promote sense of security and comfort among its citizens, especially women, children and physically challenged.’ - from the Naya Raipur Masterplan. The vision for developing the sectors - Utilizing space and water as socio - economic resources. The sector road structure need to reflect the topography and landscape patter, keeping the larger masterplan roads intact the ‘grid’ is eased to accomodate changes in landform, flow of water, preserving vegetated areas there by adressing the existing qualities of the site. The internal streets are designed carry and direct water towards catchment areas or water bodies. Space and water as social resources - The existing water bodies and villages to be preserved, prevent and conserve the natural water shed of the water body. The maintain the importance and increase value, provision of religious, and publis institutions would strengthen te social value towards it. Responsibilities - Masterplan concept and sketch design, presentation drawings and reports development during competition. Schematic and detailed design during project development phase. Integration of TOD principles and block development, Coordination with external consultants.

Naya Raipur

Revision of masterplan for three residential sectors, Capital City, Naya Raipur


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Structure plan

Landuse

Density

Sketch by Mahafuj Ali - Landscape Architect


CONTEXT - The high built mass and density of the proposed development, the long term strategy and vision was a real challenge. Right at the outset, it was the intention of the design team to retain as well as transplant as many of these varieties as possible. The broad, tree lined, multi utility boulevard, works its way throughout all the various precincts, altering its form and character along the way to respond to the corresponding land use. This is addressed by a series of ‘green fingers’ cutting through the buildings and laterally connecting the boulevard. These create green wedges which permeate through the various building types and provide space for a variety of outdoor activities. The design also takes advantage of the need for podium parking by creating a series of Garden Decks at the fifth level as a form of visual relief as well as to exploit views. Responsibilities - Masterplan concept and sketch design, concept masterplan and landscape development. Presentation drawings hand drawn and computer graphics, intra studio coordination with architecture and landscape studio during competition stage

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Clariant, Mumbai

Masterplan for high density high rise development for Lodha Developers, Mumbai


CONTEXT - Project site for the new residential township is 180 acre in size and lies close to village Bhugaon on west of the Pune city. Situated along the Paud road, connecting with Lavasa city towards west and Mumbai -Pune Expressway (NH47) towards east, the site comes under the designated Transport Corridor Zone due for rapid urban and industrial development. Towards the west is Lavale village that has gained much importance because the Symbiosis campus situated here. Lavale also houses the FLAME college campus and Lupin Pharmaceuticals Industry. Other important locations in its regional surrounding are Magarpatta and upcoming Amanora cities towards the east; and Kondhwa townships on south of the Pune city. Within regional topographical context, the Mutha river down south; the Mula river up north; and the Manas Lake on immediate south comprise the significant water features. Responsibilities - Responsible for project development from concept to schematic development, preparation of technical and statutory drawings, coordination with landscape and infrastructure, EIA and Town planning approval documents. Marketing design documents.

Development Principles

Nature Town, Pune Residential masterplan


Concept - Water lillies

Concept Diagram

CONTEXT

Site location within City context, Site location on the historic GT Road, its proximity to ‘natural reserves’, accessibility to Public transportation, key public amenities, Delhi University. The site is also well connected to the Aiport, Railway station and Connaught Place The neighborhood is one of the prime retail destinations of Delhi and does not have any large land parcels available for development. The diagram above indicates few prominent locations in the vicinity. Roshanara club and gardens located southwards of the property forms blanket of green cover for the development. The property has a good proximity to other prime locations like Connaught place and Karol bag making the effluent trading community the immediate target segment. Responsibilities - Masterplan concept and sketch design, Presentation drawings hand drawn and computer graphics, intra studio coordination with architecture and landscape studio during competition stage

Birla Texmaco Mills

Redevelopment of post Industrial site for Residential and commercial use


Building Use diagram

Circulation diagram

Rendered View

Contextual scale of the space

Massing View

PROJECT VISION

Masterplan Landscape

The property is well located in the midst of prime retail destination of North Delhi – Kamla Nagar Market, near to Delhi university north campus. By virtue of the property placement, a ‘HIGH END MIXED USE’ product Building design - Taking the concept to the architectural language and creating inconic Client will be developed targeted at the affluent customer segments across Vision Premium living Design, quality and style High class Deck terraces Attention to detailing The country. The development is envisaged to be an iconic structure which flower branch inspires the structure of the tower with alternating double height terraces. should make a statement in the skyline of North Delhi.


CONTEXT The school site is situated in a coastal area and a few hundred meters from the Bay of Bengal. The site for the school is surrounded by small fishing hamlets living in relative quite and peace in comparison to neighbouring cities. The school environment has to co-exist with these surroundings both as a living environment and a built environment. At a site level the school has been planned as part of a delta which is a prominent land form along the coast as various tributaries open out to the sea. The journey begins as a river gradually increasing in size and undulating at the same time. The initial circulation ‘stream’ going through the faculty housing, the school and the student housing is akin to the river which eventually turns into the delta incorporating sheltered kiosks and sports fields as the ‘flow’ gets closer to the sea. A student living away from general society for years should be able to understand what community living is outside of school. As design intent we aim to provide the kind of spaces which not only foster the sense of living in a social setup fulfilling their respective roles and responsibilities; and also learn the interdependency on which the society functions. Responsibilities - Concept masterplan for competition stage, preparation of presentation drawings, coordination with Architects, landscape architects and sustainabilty consultants.

Vehicular Parking Service Parking Central spine Entry to Academic ‘leaf’ Shared/service access Vehicular access

Circulation and Parking

Atchikadu School

Masterplan and design for boys residential school, along the coramandel coast, Tamil Nadu, India


Year 9 & 10

Year 7 & 8 Year 11 & 12 Year 6 & Music, Drama

Admn + LRC Learning Leaf 2 Year 11 & 12

Dining/Foyer Auditorium

LRC/Audi/Labs/Performing arts/Arts/ICT Classrooms/Teaching Admn/Support Circulation Toilets/Services

LANDSCAPE PLAN - The lanscape strategy aims to maximize the gains from the natural features of this unique site, without

Academic Ground floor Plan

Section Drawn by Architect Sanjeev Kumar

Flexible teaching modules

compromizing the functional requirements. In keeping the ‘delta’ concept the circulation and the outdoor activity areas flow through the site without impoising any real geometry. The materials through the movement areas range from natural sand to insitu ferrocement tiles and gravel, allowing water percolation at all times. Given the ecological sensitvity of the site, all local plants materials have been proposed whihc serve to heal, protect, enhance, educate and sustain the fragile site. The landscape has been an integral part of the learning environment at ‘Atchikadu School’

BUILDING SECTION


Resistance to Tsunami Creating wave breaking walls at lower level such that the waves don’t hit a lat wall.

Building over Paddy Fields - Construction of stilt structure over paddy field to retain existing water streams and flow of nutrients.

TYPOLOGIES & Building Construction - The The roofs to the classrooms are constructed with ferro-cement to alleviate the impact of the heat gain on the roof. The roof over the leaf is lifted above the classroom roof to allow for the wind to circulate from one leaf to the other without creating a block. The same is also covered with bamboo thatch. Some of the special use rooms such as labs are constructed with mud walls and have conventional windows to allow for these spaces to be air conditioned if required. In general, the use of local materials and construction methods will allow for local employment and up gradation of local skills. View of the academic clusters

Academic building - For day use (academic block) avoid heat by air gap) – Double roof system – Air gap sandwiched between ferrocement and jack vault arches, thatch and clay tiles

Residential buildings - For night use (hostel) (avoid heat by reflection)– white finishes and china mosaic to reflect heat quickly with low thermal mass to cool down quickly

APPROACH TO NET ZERO


CONTEXT/PROJECT INFO

Phase 2 of the Masterplan for the Lake District, located in the southern suburb of Pune, flanking lake, and surrpunded by lush green Landscape. The project entailed the development of schematic design and design improvization of the phase 2 and 3 masterplan as per site conditions, change in requirements and detailed masterplanning of the development of 32 acres in Phase 2, Phase 1 was designed by BDP London Studio. Design guidelines for Housing development, with parking, amenities and provision of dedicated landscaped areas. Upon completion it will also have a major retail centre will attract visitors from thewider environs, a school for the residents, and a club house.A strong topogrophical depression is created as the central landscape valley and helps defines the ‘central idea’ of the masterplan. Responsibilities - Responsible for project development from concept to schematic development for Phase 2 of the Project. Preparation of all technical and statutory drawings, coordination with building architects, landscape architects, parking and infrastructure consultants. Preparation of EIA and Town planning approval documents.

Kondhwa

The Lake District Kondhwa, Phase 2 Masterplan


Site Diagrams

CONTEXT Karihobanahalli is an upcoming new residential township spread over 80 acres in western Bangalore in proximity of the NICE Corridor. The site is located surrounded by lush orchards and agricultural fields. The Masterplan concept gives structure to the entire development and integrates the bifurcated site by combining the existing trees and greens on site. Thus, the proposed ‘green spine’ unifi es the entire site and gives opportunity to create various different experiential zones. Planning low rise development in the centre makes the entire Masterplan appear as one and not in confl ict with the plotted development. High rises are kept at the edges to provide a buffer. This creates predominantly pedestrian friendly development which will become a USP for the project. In accordance with the brief, the Masterplan achieves an average FAR of 2 across the whole site with approximately 1500 new residential apartments along central landscape spine and 50 luxury villas designed along a village street along with other proposed facilities. Responsibilities - Schematic design development, Preparation of all technical and statutory drawings, coordination with building architects, landscape architects. Final masterplan documents for phased develoment.

Conceptual Masterplan

Karihobanahalli

Residential Master Plan in Bangalore


The form and layout of the university at Jodhpur is derived from the oasis,forming the basic component of the university masterplan. Water is collected by constructing a series of earthen bunds akin to the traditional irrigation pnds in Rajasthan called ‘johars’. The bund encloses the main campus, provides protection from adverse wind and shelters a central oasis pool. A series of creeks and water channels emanate from the pool, which forms the heart of the core campus. It is where people meet and is a contemplative space sheltered from the potentially harsh desert environment.

The site is cut into two by the NH65. The scorching sun beats down on it from the South-East and West. The hot and cold winds run diagonally from the SW-NE

In the northern part, there is an existing grid of trees and natural fi eld lines that can be used to run a series of drainage channels for water management.

Create a series of circle/ellipse shaped earthen dykes (JOHARS) to deflect the wind. The earth for the dykes is got from gradually sloping the ground. That helps collect water in lower shaded areas.

The polynuclear settlements protected by the dykes/ johars are open towards the north to receive water from the grid of drains. Rows of trees are planted on the dykes to strengthen the roots and further break the wind and give shade.

CONTEXT The masterplan of the 340 - hectares (842-acres) for the

new Indian Institute of Technology an “Net Zero campus”. Currently the detailed design and urban design guidelines are being formulated. Phase 1 of campus to be occupied by 2015. The proposed new permanent Campus will be a self-sustainable1 intervention that caters for its own energy and water requirements. The new campus will be completely ecofriendly, a carbon net-zero zone 2, meaning that it will produce all the energy it will consume and recycle all the water that it will use. The Institute has a unique opportunity to create a truly sustainable campus community from the ground up. This campus master plan development addresses sustainability in the design and management of carbon, energy, water, waste, materials, transportation, and landscape systems and has been prepared in cooperation with a highly interdisciplinary design consortium of experts in these areas. Responsibilities - Member of Core design team, Competition stage masterplan Concept to schematic development, presentation drawings and reports. Schematic to detailed design development during project development phase. Preparation of Technical drawings, EIA and Town planning clearance documents. Preparation of Masterplan and urban design guidelines report for Architects.

IIT, Jodhpur

A number of densely built settlements each with its own character arise in phases.

Conceptual Diagrams

A central axis for electrically operated public transport system connects the settlements. Diagonal axis connect the settlements to the public transport halts.

IIT Jodhpur - Campus Masterplan

Masterplanning for Indian Institute of Technology, Rajasthan, India


Movement - Pedestrian and Vehicular

Phase 2013 & 2015

PROJECT INFO - The campus intends to be a ‘living laboratory’, taking opportunity to use all aspects of the campus for research. The landscape will heal and repair the ground, and create better natural habitats and improve biodiversity. The masterplan integrates good transport infrastructure including bus links to the city and outlying settlements and safe and attractive pedestrian and cycle links to surrounding settlements. The academic zone lies in the northeast, where ‘Innovation Street’, connects all the main squares of the academic and research quarters of the campus, forming the primary ‘route’ and promoting a strong sense of orientation. It morphs into plazas, interaction areas, viewing decks, landscape areas, playgrounds, stream and green buffers. The convention centre, institute level sporting facilities and the technology park are located at the eastern end of the campus at the point of arrival. Learing resource centres /library, meeting spaces, seminar spaces are set along this route. The central zone consists of student housing interspersed with dining halls, small playing fields, interaction areas. The western zone consists of faculty housing.

IIT Jodhpur - Campus, Zoning Layout

Building uses and Final Phase 2025

Faculty accommodation is easily accessible by a peripherial road and has parking provisions for faculty if required. All the residential accommodation faces into the active and lively spaces of the courtyards, shaded and sheltered by roofs and screens. Staff housing and campus school is located to the south of the main campus within easy access to the village. The arts and craft centre promotes and engages the locals with the campus, develop local crafts and building techniques that can be utilised in the future. Towards the northern end are located two research facilities- agriculture and desert research centre along with areas for test centres. Phase 2020


Building orientartion - North South

Basic compact form

Spaces between student housing and academic

Narrow shaded streets

Building in Clusters

Campus heart


CONTEXT The masterplan of the 230-hectares (570-acres) campus responds to the micro climate and topography of the steep site, located in partially forested hills in the western Himalayan region. The site has great natural serenity and beauty. Phase I design includes shared laboratories and workshops in “learning houses” situated on various levels and connected via pedestrian bridges. The market square forms the heart of the campus and creates a place to encourage social interaction and celebration. The faculty/ staff housing element will be laid out in a village setting at higher elevations, providing fantastic views. Central to the masterplan is Management of natural resources, including water conservation, integrated rainwater collection, efficient irrigation schemes and waste water recycling and re-use systems are incorporated. Rain water from the catchment area will be collected in ponds constructed along the natural flow lines of water. These ponds are located at level higher than the buildings and hence treated water will be supplied through gravity. Ponds will interconnected for efficient management and sized to provide water security for entire year. Proposed building typologies echo the traditional Himalayan vernacular and strive toward a new architecture for the region.

An Ecologically Sensitive site

International competition for the masterplan and detailed design proposals for the new Indian Institute of Technology an “eco campus” on the outskirts of Mandi, India. Masterplan for first phase has been prepared, detailed design proposals for the project are underway. Phase I buildings will be occupied on site in August 2012, with phased completion planned for 2012 to 2015. Responsibilities - Member of Core design team, Competition stage - site evaluation and analysis, sketch design of masterplan, Concept masterplan presentation. Project phase - Design guidelines, Schematic to detailed masterplan design. Coordination between Client and consultants, conducted monthly site visits to monitor project progress and masterplan implementation. Preparation of Technical drawings, EIA and Town planning clearance documents.

IIT, Mandi

Masterplanning for Indian Institute of Technology, Himalayan foothils, India Building along slopes

Preserving the Natural features

Establishing Open Space StructureMasterplan

for the Campus in hills


MANAGEMENT OF WATER Management View of the Overall Campus - 30 years

of water resources, including water conservation, integrated rainwater collection, efficient irrigation schemes and waste water recycling and re-use systems are incorporated. Rain water from the catchment area will be collected in ponds constructed along the natural flow lines of water. These ponds are located at level higher than the buildings and hence treated water will be supplied through gravity. Ponds will interconnected for effi cient management and sized to provide water security for entire year.

View of Phase One Campus


Section Across Townsquare and Academic Spine

Pedestrian and Vehicular Strategy for the campus masterplan

Phase One Detailed Masterplan

Academic Spine

Faculty Housing on Hill Slopes


Massing Views from the Highway

CONTEXT East Avenue Wagholi is a new 30 acre township in the city of Pune. The site is located along a dedicated along a strategic new development corridor for IT related industries.The new township will contain 800 hosuing apartment units alongwith community club house, 250,000 sq ft of retail and a new school. The project entailed the development of design guidelines for Housing and commercial development, parking, amenities and provision of dedicated landscaped areas. Upon completion it will also have a major retail centre will attract visitors from the wider environs, with local shops and markets established on the periphery of the township. it also includes a school and clun house to assist in the creation of a sustainable and thriving community. A strong topogrophical depression is created as the central landscape valley and helps define the shape of the masterplan. Masterplanning for a development of 30 acres in Pune. The site is located in Wagholi towards the east of Pune city. Responsibilities - Responsible for project development from concept to schematic development for Project. Preparation of all technical and statutory drawings, coordination with building architects, landscape architects, parking and infrastructure consultants. Preparation of EIA and Town planning approval documents.

Massing View of the central valley spaces

East Avenue, Pune

Mid rise residential Master Plan in Wagholi, Pune


CONTEXT

Parking space encroacing public space

One of the most important markers of a successful city is how it treats its pedestrians. Better the walkability of our cities the more livable they are and more sustainable they become. Traditionally, our cities were havens for pedestrians but with increasing modernization, even the planning process has become blind to their needs. Our existing urban areas are reeling under the pressure to provide places to park cars. At the neighbourhood level, it is observed that patterns of pedestrian movement are being compromised to facilitate the needs of the car. It is impractical to strive for metropolitan cities without cars. Thus, there needs to be a healthy balance between the different modes of mobility, pedestrian, cycle, bus/metro and the car.

PROJECT INFO Relationship of the colony and amenities around it

Mandakini Enclave, a DDA gated colony built in the early 80’s is taken as a case study. The aim is to understand the issue of ‘omnipresent’ car parking spaces, its effect on pedestrian movement and its resulting impact on the configuration of open space within the colony. The aim is to understand the issue of ‘omnipresent’ car parking spaces, its effect on pedestrian movement and its resulting impact on the configuration of open space. Incremental measures such as realignment of car parking spaces, reconfiguration of pedestrian and car routes, bringing amenities closer to the residents are suggested and tested on this residential development. Open areas which are rendered unused due to lack of safe access and hence neglected are also made part of the desired pedestrian network. A well conceived strategy has to be in place so as to stop the encroachment of one mode on the realm of the other. The project was finally presented as a presentation and as a public interactive display at the Urban Mobility India Conference 2010. The Project was an headed by Mr. Shyam Khandekar and a team of two urban designers including myself. Resposibilities - Site visits, community collaborations, development of concept sketch, presentation documents and design report presented to Community welfare association.

Mandakini Enclave Existing Condition

Proposed Condition

Establishing the Centrality and green Structure

In Praise of Walkable Cities


Site Constraints

Final Masterplan

DELHI AIRPORT

CONTEXT The site has a strategic location, fronted by the proposed 150m wide expressway running parallel to National Highway 8; and well connected to Dwarka and Gurgaon by a proposed Metro route running to its South west boundary. The site lies in an existing agricultural area with villages of Dhankot and Dhanwanpur in close proxmity. The site comes within the proposed sector 102 under the Gurgaon- Manesar Masterplan 2021.This sector along with neighbouring sectors- 99, 102A are under residential uses. The sectors south of the site; below the expressway, are proposed as public utility areas. PROJECT INFO The BPTP Parkview is a new township development spread over 200 acres and located in Gurgaon in Sector 102A. The various districts or character areas within the plan are shown in detail alongwith unit plans developed by Jasbir Sawhney Architects and public realm details developed by the in house BDP Landscape team. In accordance with the Client brief the masterplan achieves an average FAR of .72 across the whole site with approximately 540 new private residential units, 138 units for Econimically Weaker Sections, commercial and community acilities and group housing Plots. The masterplan area excluding area allocated for roads and area allocated for group housing is approximately 97.5 acres and will contain approximately 2.3 million sq ft total development, with additional reserved 18.06 acres for Group Housing alongwith a landscape strategy that connects the whole site. Project started on May 2010. Completion of marketing Office and sample flats. Phase 1 residential houses and and site infrastrutural development for overall phases work in progress.

GURGAON

Site Opportunities Site in larger Context

Responsibilities - Schematic design development, Cluster urban design guidelines, wPreparation of all technical and statutory drawings, coordination with building architects, landscape architects.

Gateway at Site Entrance

The layout and massing of the masterplan responds to the opportunities and constraints of the site. Landscape is a very important element in the development of the mastreplan. It plays two key roles within the Masterplan development: structure and character. The fundamental landscape concept of a network of connected green spaces can be seen throughout the masterplan

BPTP Amstoria

Low rise plotted residential development, Gurgaon


Design Opportunities and Landscape Structure

Suggested massing of a residential cluster Movement

Landuse

Amenities

CLUSTER STRATEGY The main residential clusters are planned with the base premise of providing maximum green frontage to each

house. Delhi presents such typologies in residential areas providing the well needed open space to the residents. Provision of such green space gives feeling of better standard of living. The park gets the prominence in the design with plots aligned around it. The prime plots get a personal

green on one side and the park frontage on the other. Other prime plots get access to main road along with full park frontage. Plots not getting direct frontage to park get private green space and advantage of main road access.

Impression of the residential cluster


Landcape layers

Planning framework

Banjarmasin

Indonesian City Development Scheme Landscape Urbanism Studio, UN habitat Workshop Academic Project


CONTEXT

Studio Antwerpen Dam stated priority to research in an active way, the role of the spatial planner , in urban transformation. The challeneges were to create dialogue with residents, various local organizations and city ​​services and Mapping and activate existing social networks in the neighborhood. To broaden the dialogue about the future of the district , interaction strengthen various organizations and perhaps even new initiatives stimulate One of the key factores was to extend the ideas of the spatial planning in finding methods of engaging with community, creating platforms for participation along with the city and the project developers, owners etc. We aimed at creating a bundle of guidelines in addition with the dam committee advice note, putting forth our research in bringing out the needs of the neighbourhood to the designers. Our research was to find out values, taking the designers through a journey where he could understand what lies beneath the basic needs of the neighbourhood. Challenge is to make them understand how these values could be given a space within the project.

Collaborative process and mapping values

Studio spatial planning brought many challenges and new ways to deal with situations where the community is the focus. It forced us to change our perspective towards dealing with certain situations within the studio. With moments of struggle towards the participatory planning process, we pushed ourselves to work outside the ‘comfort zone’ of designers, trying to represent the core idea of the studio.

Antwerpen Dam

Approcah to Social Innovation, Spatial Planning Studio Academic Project


CONTEXT

Historically Paris has developed concentrically and is faced with serious urban sprawl issues due to a remarkable increase in population. In the 60s, the public authorities established “new towns “in order to limit the urban growth and organize the capital region and its future developments. The concept was to Link the center of Paris with new urban cities that can have their own economic and demographic entity while being connected to Paris. The agglomeration of Cergy Pontoise is one of these new cities that have largely developed due to its relation with Paris and the surrounding environment. The place where the Oise and Seine rivers meet is absolutely unique in the Ile-de-France region, particularly because of its historical links with inland water transport and natural landscape. Geographically, this river confluence is strategically located between Paris, the capital, and the two great port cities to the north-west: Le Havre and Rouen.oday, however, this area seems to have become a key to the regional urban planning and development policy. Its growing importance is reflected in the large-scale spatial planning projects under way within its borders, linking planning scales ranging from the micro to the macro levels, such the high capacity Seine-Nord Europe Canal water transport project, a major section of which is currently in development in the area. This was recently highlighted in the government’s new policy in favour of the Greater Paris concept.

PROJECT INFO

Amenities and Social infrastructure along the movement corridors

Our project aims to create a strong linked entity which is not defined by function, but rather by the relationships between spatial elements with the river as the central linking ‘spine’. This entity will become the ‘Gateway’ to the Paris region linked through a series of l elements namely; a strong public tranpsort system, visual identity, landmark and orientation, creating a city of access at a human scale, intensifying and densifying, creating a place attractive to economic investors, a sustainable entity all connected by a central public space of the river territory. The river is the main link and has the Major (Majeur) role in the economic development of this entity. The river territory is the linking element of this region, not only does it link the towns within the new entity to each other but it links Paris, the port of Le Havre and North Europe through the SeineNord.

Le Fleuve Majeure

The Final Design scheme for the Confluence of the Seine and the Oise Rivers, Ile-de-France region at the Urban Design and Planning Workshop in Cergy, 2009


CONTEXT The Study attempts to look into the various opportunities offered by the natural drainage channel network to develop a linear open space system. Reconfiguration and connection of existing open spaces and optimum utilization of the land available along the natural drainage channels gives way for a new urban form corresponding to these drainage channels. PROJECT INFO The intention of this study is to attempt a vision for development of a new urban structure based upon the water structures within the city i.e. the River Yamuna and the drains. The study looks into how the river and the linear drainage channels, can contribute to a larger vision of public space defintion within the city. At present these drains form the physical barriers within the city, becoming the backyard of the city, strips of continous garbage dump and squatter settlements. This has led to the channels becoming a nuisance leading to a overall fall in the living conditions along these channels. The drainage channels acting as linear barriers within the city can act as potential public space acrosss the city in a park like setting. Such spaces would contribute to the green image of the city and provide ground for public activies and social interaction, hence disolving the existing barriers.

Analysis at City Level

Urban Design Thesis

Re imagining the drainage network in Delhi as Public space system


Studying the orders present within a City - to understand the formation and subsequent growth over years


18th century

19th century

20th century - Risks of Flooding

Reciprocal impact of urbanization on natural resources infrastructure

Mapping Mangroves and Flooding zones near the river

Mapping slums and Movement along the river

CONTEXT MEGACITY…..MUMBAI - The city of Mumbai covers 438 sq.kms of Salsette Island, supporting a high gross density of 34,000 residents per square km. Public open space is limited, accounting for only 1% of this area. Like many mega-cities of the world, Mumbai is suffering from rapid urbanisation. The lack of solid investment in urban infrastructure means that the city, increasingly crippled under the growing population demands, is fast approaching breaking point. On 27th July 2005, Mumbai experienced the highest recorded rainfall in its history – 37 inches of rain in a day. Many island and suburban parts of the city were flooded and the whole infrastructure of this metropolis was under water. The entire city of 15 million people had cum to a stand still. That particular day made the importance of the natural systems and rivers of Mumbai – The Mithi, The Oshiwara and The Dahisar very clear. The city is in grave need for a strong infrastructure to cater to the growing demands and to provide a vision for the natural systems. Here it is felt that the linear city, intersected by the transportation veins needs a new public territory, which would stitch the city east-west and create a new territory – THE RIVER MITHI.

Mithi - Confluence of rivers

Design research for future transformation of an urban river


Physical Infrastructure Investment

Social Infrastructure Investment

The river in the modern city of Mumbai can bring together people of all stratas on a common platform. There is no continuity of ant form at present across the river, except along it. The northern stream meanders through dense residential pockets but when it reaches its full expanse before draining out in the sea, the disruption is unimaginable. The scale of the river increases therefore further more divided the two ends of the space. The fabric integrated yet fragmented at each scale needs a space of equity. The city itself needs a space of equitable interest, which is where we feel the river can act as a “BINDER” of each side. A stitch, a seam of activities and where one end culminates and the other starts, but the seam is so porous that the difference is not experienced. The east west access corridors of the river are very loosely connected to the larger infrastructure. The length of the river it self can give a continuous realm of – waterways, public spaces, ecologically sensitive spaces, defining edges, points of visual access, landmark spaces etc.

Establishing Continuity


CONTEXT Ujjain has strong traditional, cultural & religious roots. The

ancient city of Ujjain, along the river Kshipra, has been ruled by many rulers & still has maintained its spiritual values alive in its day to day functioning. Thus, the cultural permutations that constitute the present urban form & space of Ujjain do not only constitute of global influences, but also associational influences that have emerged out of centuries of layering of communities, economies & religious activities. Simghatha (kumbh Mela) that happens every 12 years, adds lot of eventfulness to the city, but these events also demand newer layers of infrastructure & development to be added to old city & periphery.

PROJECT INFO

Commerce along the movement corridors

Structure of Ujjain City

This multi-centric nature which makes certain elements more dominant than other at different events and festival is what shapes the structure of the city. This adds to the pluralism and multiplicity of the town. This allows us to transform a built form to retain the activity in its functioning mode because it enjoys more association with people. This multi-centric nature which makes certain elements more dominant than other at different events and festival is what shapes the structure of the city. This adds to the pluralism and multiplicity of the town. This allows us to transform a built form to retain the activity in its functioning mode because it enjoys more association with people than built form. se it enjoys more association with people than built form.

Urban design Studio 3 Urban Transformation Studio Ujjain, India Understanding small scale urbanism


THE CITY A city is a system where the urban structure takes care of creation of opportunities to fulfil its principles and desired intentions. Every city functions on important generating factors like trade and finance, tourism, education, gateway to hinterland or being strategically located. The networks in the urban structure allow the spatial pattern to provide a base for creations of opportunities for an efficient and ideal city to grow according to its needs. Variations in the structure allow the numerous activities and users to absorb themselves to the spatial structure, open spaces, activities, nature and the city LIFE.

Urban Design Studios 2007 - 2008 Understanding small spaces and city orders


Ashim urban design portfolio