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JOEL JOELR. R.PIO JOEL PIOJOHN JOEL JOHN R. PIO R. JOHN PIO JOHN +1-917-678-6100

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The Conduit : NYC’s Living Machine g.s.a.p.p

Healthy City I Summer 2011 [ Jun - Aug ]


Fordham Road Within NYC, areas with lower socio-economic status are at the heart of the asthma and obesity epidemic The infrastructure of Commercial Centers within these areas are major contributors to the health of ‘communities’

Living Conduit Bronx

Human communities Ecological communities

Manhattan

Bronx Manhattan

Queens

Brooklyn

Staten island Staten island

Brooklyn

In 2050 NYC will have significantly reduced asthma and obesity-related diseases by introducing a transformative conduit for a living city throughout the city’s five boroughs.


Metaphor and Form development

harlem river

fordham road

botanical garden

health conduit

flow of the ‘pure’

creating space and value

The Conduit comes up at points of “unhealth” - at each of these points it solves a specific problem through unique programs.

threading the gap

conduit of health New transport & Public Space

Bridging the river

Community space

Decentralised Food Distribution Center

Living Conduit - Fordham Road, Bronx


pedestrain terraces

flow agriculture

absorbptive roof for stormwater filteration

conveyance for ecology and hydrology

plug- in program

plug- in program

goods and service disturbution

motor vehicle transportation

Exploded Axonometric


The formation of public space within the conduit is one way how it transforms its function from one to another, while still maintaining its foremost purpose of movement.

Food and Distribution Tower


pedestrian terraces

absorptive roof stormwater and groundwater filteration

expanded streetscape

lower level transportation and distribution

Programmatic section


Cultivating Kumasi

g.s.a.p.p

Ecological urbanism in Ghana I Spring 2012 [ Jan - May]


ASHANTI REGION

KUMASI - GARDEN CITY

C

URBAN SPRAWL OF KUMASI CITY

C

BIO ENERGY FOOD

BAG

KENAF

CASH CROPS

SUGARCANE

BARREN LAND

BUILDING MATERIAL

PAPER

TARO

HEAVY EROSION

FOOD

FOOD

KASAVA

INCOMPLETE INFRASTRUCTURE

PRODUCTS

FRUITS

Growing city leading to a diminishing green belt .

PLANT PARTS USED FOR

City surrounded by green belt.

PRODUCTIVE PLANT PARTS

The area hold some of the most fertile and diverse lands.

JUTE FIBRE FOOD

FERTILIZER

SOIL EROSION

JUTE BAGS

FILTERATION

PHYTO REMEDIATION

COIR

MEDICINE

GARMENTS SOIL EROSION

MORINGA

JUTE

SEEDS

ROOTS

LEAVES FRUITS

SEEDS

LEAVES ROOTS LEAVES

STAGE 1 OPPURTUNITY

c

c c

c

c

PRESENT SCENARIO

STALK

STAGE 2

ROOT S

STALK

STAGE 3

Ecological Agents

c

c

CLASS 1 Best quality soil for cultivation CLASS 2 Good quality soil for cultivation

KUMASI -ASHANTI REGION

Degraded Land and unused Human Potential

commercial

industrial

housing


KENAF 3 to 4 MONTH 12-14 feet : ready for harvesting

KENAF 45 DAYS

Kenaf Water quality improvement (phytoremediation) Kenaf, is a crop that along with its soil cleansing properties, would also help in creating small cottage industries, owing to its fibrous composition. Its applications are ion of small supplies like bags, to the generation of electricity through its bio mass.

KENAF 30 DAYS

PHYTOSTABILIZATION PHYTOSTIMULATION

KENAF 15 DAYS

POLLUTANT UPTAKE

O2 + OXIDATES CH3COOH TRANSPIRATION

ORGANIC CHEMICALS CX HY OZ

ROOT RESPIRATION CO2 + H2O MINERALIZATION


Moringa & Cash crops Soil condition improvement & the soil food web The cash crops (which include crops like ayoyo, cabbage, sugarcane and cassava), and moringa tree would be introduced in the first stage. Physically, it is a plant that prevents soil erosion, which could begin to conserve the soil. Economically, it is a crop that could generate income at a small scale that could subsequently be put back into the operation for the second stage


Scale 3.Regional_Jute New economic engine for the city and country.

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2

EASTERN BY PASS ROAD

JUTE DRYING

JUTE STRIPPING

JUTE RETTING

JUTE HARVESTING

WATER CATCHMENT TANK

JUTE PLANTING

According to our research of Ghana and its economy, it is the second largest exporter of cocoa in the world. Cocoa alone contributes 18.9% towards the country’s GDP, and has around 720,000 households dependent on that industry. On further study, we learnt that each cocoa season, Ghana imports approximately 25-35 million jute bags for packaging, from India, Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire and Pakistan, which in itself is a multi-million dollar investment. Ghana comes within the same sub-tropical climatic conditions of India and Bangladesh with a soil type that is suitable for jute plantation. Our site in particular used to have a jute factory in close proximity, which already means that the region has the ideal conditions to house the jute industry . This could be what gets Kumasi working to its maximum potential, and lead itself out of its economic stagnancy.

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JUTE CULTIVATION ZONE_ JUTE BELT PRESERVATION

JUTE BAG PACKING FOR COCOA INDUSTRY


cultivating kumasi : A New

Day

This video was part of our design thesis that focused on how the ecologicial change agents can make a difference in the daily life of the people in the community and the larger city. With the introduction of these facilities, the common man’s life would imporve and his daily life style would change for the better. A glimpse of this better life in sync with nature, is what this montage depicts.

https://vimeo.com/44703172


Regenerative Cycles g.s.a.p.p

Towards a Resilient Kumasi I Spring 2012 [ Jan - May]


STRATEGIES FOR TRANSFORMATION economic generation

INFRASTRUCTURE

CONSIDERATIONS

RESPONSE

WATER

Cleaning Wastewater Capturing Stormwater Capturing Excess Run-off (Reduce Flooding) Protection from Rising River

LIVING MACHINE

WASTE

Solid Inorganic Waste Collection Solid Organic/ Human Waste Collection + Treatment

BIOGAS

polluntants

human feces

black water

cultivation

biodiversity

erosion

floods

energy

contaminated rainwater grey water

polluntants

human feces

After

black water

contaminated rainwater grey water

Before

WIND

Passive Cooling Centralized Wind Tower

BIOSWALES

ENERGY

Waste- Energy Solar Capture

BURMS

MOBILITY

Improved Circulation Corridors Access to Transportation Infrastructure

BUILDING DESIGN

MATERIALITY

Locally- Sourced Building Materials Low-Skill Building Technologies

CROPS

ECONOMY

Arable Land/ Agri-Business Using Flooding as an Asset Private +Public Benefit

LOCAL ROOF SYSTEMS

GRIMM l JAIN l JOHN l PAPADOPOULOS l ZUK

Strategies of Transformation


The chosen site has all the problems that the entire neighborhood suffers from. The sample is selected as a trail area for the intervention, and its size has been calculuated as per the particular cathment area.

Pollutants Blackwater

Human feces

Greywater Stormwater

Existing Contamination Streams


Distributed services tends to be ineffective and wasteful for areas that don’t have access to maintenance

A Centralized service ‘tap’ helps in providing more facilites to a larger group with much more ease for maintainence.

ENERGY HUMAN FECES PUBLIC SPACE WASTEWATER


Service Tower

Old Housing New Housing Living machines Service Tower

solar panels water tank

Bioswales

Service Tower

Biodigester

Kumasi is a developing city and it requires quick and effective intervention. This is best achieved by step by step building of each component that fits into a larger context. These small but significant steps is what we refer to as incrementality in the video - The growth of a city through small important components coming together in a timely fashion.

INCREMENTAL GROWTH

https://vimeo.com/44069604


A sample area where the intervention could start catering to a certain cacthment that grows over time to create a reselient system.


845.418 m2 roof catches 1444 mm of 1. rain each year*

STORAGE

6. Alkaline is added to prevent corrosion

and newly potable water is stored in a 910,000 Ltank

2. Coagulants (alum, polymer, lime, CO ) 2

added to make suspended particles group togetheras water passes through the Flocculaiton Basin

Water is clarified as suspended particles 3. settle out due to gravity because of a slower water velocity

FILTRATION 4. Water passes though a three-stage filter of

sand and coal to remove any remaining particulate

Service ‘Tap’

Chlorine and Fluoride are added prior to 5. the water entering the Disinfectant Basin

CLASSROOMS PUBLIC TOILETS

OPEN PUBLIC SPACE

The ‘Tap’ is also a part of the incremental growth. It is service hub that grows step by step, with important functions coming in earlier. This incrementality starts of with the ‘Tap’ begin a water collection center that also filter water as it comes down .The filteration is rather low tech and easy to set up, class for its maintainence and development also happens at the place.In addition, it serves a community toilet space where solid waste is converted into energy.The energy that goes back to the community itself.


Cross section through the System Section through the site and system shows the its interrelationship. It also shows how the system would come together and fuction as one, to solve problems of erosion, contamination, flooding, and wasteful lifestyle. It shows how waste generated within the system could go back as an asset.

Thermal Comfort New housing is designed with climatic inputs that help converse energy usage and accomdate the infrastructure that help to enhance the comfort level in the lifestyle of the community.

Solar Income


PUBLIC SPACE

AGRI-BUSINESS

[ FILTERATION ]

LIVING MACHINE

[ FLOOD PREVENTION ]

CULTIVATION MOUNDS

TAP

Landscape and Agri- Business Zone The whole scheme is finally integerated through landscape that is productive while also becoming a public space for the people to develop a sense of community. It also acts as the public park where children play with the earth and water at the same time.


Visualization : Digital Design g.s.a.p.p

construction of the model I 2012


ST. PIO’S CHURCH The church in its complexity, offers a good scope to learn digital design through the creation of motion graphics that best represent the beauty of this architectural masterpiece. It introduced the significance of the fourth dimension of time in the process of architectural design development.

http://vimeo.com/33831618


Stage 1

St. Pio Pilgrimage Church

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Evolution of model

Sectional Prespective


Montages : flim making g.s.a.p.p

an expression of caputured reality I 2012


A FORDHAM UPRISING Creating a productive ecosystem through the use of bioswales. The relationship between the river, the street and the botanical garden needed to be established. It is a symbotic relationship that runs through the street and cleanses the river of its contaminants. The movie covers all the neglected issues which if taken up and linked could form a healty community. http://vimeo.com/28069759


public space : AHMEDABAD This project was our attempt to understand the growth of a city around its public space. The vidoes try to put all our reasearch about the city into one condensed motion form, which clearly explains its transition in time. It also analyses the city’s public space in terms of armatures and enclaves. (defined by David Shane in his book ‘Recombinant urbanism’).

https://vimeo.com/44071506


Reconnecting Terrain

m.s.a.p

Urban Sports facility I Fall 2007 [ Aug - Dec]


PLAN AT 87.5 m

strenuous zone

The site provides a great oppurtunity for connectivity and walkability. The design explores this by the creation of independent structures that are linked through a landscape feature having the terrain bind the entire complex together.

intermediate zone

PLAN AT 84 m

- yoga /aerobics,gym,squash court,bowling alley,snooker. PLAN AT 80 m

entire model showing zoning with landscape and walkways used to hold the whole composition

I Open space I

I semi open space I

terrains

lesuire zone

- entrance lobby, table tennis , basketball/skating rink,parking.

Eco sensitivity

Sports complex, Manipal, India

Land[S]cape EcoloGY I Links CReaTing ConnECTioN I I Open space I

landscape & pathways - unifiers

I iNtregrate GreeNS I

entrance - urban hub/plaza

THE CHALLENGE The site is highly contoured with a drop of about 30m over a distance of about 260 m. - library,food court, badminton.


View of the Food court area adjacent to the the library within the leisure zone, with the ramp being the major connection, which is also seen in the image.

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Aerial view loooking onto the swimming pool occupying the central space and having views of the entire landscape feature around it.

2

Section C through all zones

1 2

Leisure Zone Library I Carrom Room I Snooker

Intermediate Zone Swimmimg Pool I Bowling

Terraced Garden

Strenuous Zone

Protected terrain

Table tennis I Squash I Dance learning center

Parking


entrance view - looking into the whole complex and the public space created at this point to feel welcoming when viewed from the street.

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The central amphitheater acts the central public space

4

Section D vertically cutting across the sites heavy contours 3 4

Intermediate Zone

Leisure Zone

Bowling I Library I Carrom Room

Food court I Restuarant

Park and Play Area Water channel I Green Maze

Strenuous Zone Table tennis I Squash I Badminton


“The hierarchy created harmonious blends with the natural terrain thereby justifying the intrinsic nature of the design, while not losing sight of it's inherent function.�

Section C through all zones 1 2

3

Leisure Zone Library I Carrom Room I Snooker

Intermediate Zone Swimmimg Pool I Bowling

Terraced Garden

Strenuous Zone

Protected terrain

Table tennis I Squash I Dance learning center

Entire complex view - As viewed from the lowest most point of the central landscaped area looking up towards the rest of the interconnected building blocks

Parking


‘Dilli’ Haat - Rural market I Urban space m.s.a.p

Cultural Hub.Village market I Spring 2008[ Jan - May]


cohension of art and culture

auditorium art and craft village

Dilli Haat (Urban market), Delhi, India It is a food and craft bazaar/market which provides an ambience of a traditional “rural haat” walk, or village market in the heart of the city. The complex needed to be designed to cater to thousands of shoppers coming in everyday, hence movement and circulation came to be of utmost importance. This has been achieved by creating one major movement axis. The art, craft and food fairs have been unified with the help of music, which has been adopted as the theme for this socio- cultural park.

N binding music

music tower

procreating lines of force

site plan “these lines define the whole complex wherein a linear axis holds all the various activities together. The minor axes define the individual zones”.

shopping zone- ‘haat zone’


entrance view - looking into the whole complex and the public space created at this point to give a sense of invitation to the community

The Central plaza is an area where hawkers can come sit and sell their items. It is a poit

Section through the shopping zone

Parapet lvl +7.65 m

Parapet lvl +7.65 m

Shopping fir fl lvl +4.5 m

Shopping fir fl lvl +4.5 m

Shopping lvl - +1.2 m

Shopping lvl - +1.2 m

Road lvl - +/- 0.0

Road lvl - +/- 0.0

Parking

Row shopping Double storey I Formal market

Cluster shopping Central plaza I Landscape court I Informal market

Row shopping Double storey I Formal market

Parking


music tower

double storey row shopping

row shopping

center plaza

cluster shopping

The whole concept of this kind of shopping challenges the mall concept.The division of shops into row and cluster shops helps in distinguishing between types of goods sold and consumer density at these places.


The shopping area is a large walking area with arcaded space that provide protection against the severe heat wave during the summers. The also help create pause point which helps shop keepers business.


The Pool acts the seperation between the main commericial and recreation from the more quiet and serene environment required for the artists.

VIew of the Studio housing for professional senior architects that visit the complex for a short duration.

Section through cultural and entertainment zone

sleeping area

living/ dining

Parking

Auditorium Cultural Hub I Interaction zone

Food Court Open seating

Indoor seating I Eatery

double heighted studio space

Studio Housing Water Pool

Artist Housing Landscape Park


The food and recreation activity is placed at the end, to cater to patrons who have worked up an appetite after shopping. ‘Artist’ village is an initative to promote Indian handicraft, by inviting craftsmen to come stay and work for the exhibition within the complex.

auditorium

apt housing studio housing food court


Gr. fl.

Fr. fl.

lobby and music store

music library

Third fl.

music musuem wind/precussion instrument

Fourth fl.

music musuem string instrument

Music Tower Section

Sec. fl.

music school

Music to unify this art and craft say exposition.Form of the tower is inspired by a blow horn/conch.


m.s.a.p

MOULIN DANSE Dance School for the Moulin Rouge I 2009


Dance school for the Moulin Rouge, Paris Moulin de Danse is a new transformed Moulin Rouge. It’s a mill of dance where the past will be raging towards the future by touching the present. As a response to the the traditional Cancan dance taking shape as the modern form of dance (the so called striptease dance), the building which itself was a part of the dance and culture of that period, needed to be changed. In Moulin de Danse, while preserving the insignia of the original Moulin Rouge, the four blades have been represented by four different conceptual axes. Ailettes de Moulin: A diagonal cut out on the front façade is an axis though which the inside programs can be seen from the outside. This allows an inmate to get attached and be one with the surroundings, since a dancer herself needs to be one with the audience and etched in their hearts forever. One stainless steel bar perpendicular to the diagonal cut-out represents the time that moves forward and exposes the number of programs. Different spaces are organized by clearly segregating the public and institutional programs. The cafeteria plays an important role to unite all the spaces. The spaces are all linked in such a way that it will give a sense of movement and rhythm quintessentially characteristic of dance. The form of the spaces itself carries the strong message of the cultural link to the old school, which everybody can still fondly relate to. At the right corner of the building, a memorial void has been created. The void links all the floors and most of the major programs. The void is the symbol which grasps the memory of yesterday, today and tomorrow, while functionally, it will be used as the informal chatting space for students.


m.s.a.p

HOLY RESIDENCE Priest Residence I 2008


1. Parlor/Chapel 2. Pantry 3. Dining room 4. Kitchen 5. Toilet 6. Front garden 7. Rear garden 8. Driveway/ Car park

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Priest Residence, India The brief had a basic requirement of 2-3 bedroom house with a small community gathering space intended for prayers. The design philosophy was to accommodate all the requirements with physical comfort while considering the importance of achieving this by using local construction materials.


COMMUNITY LIVING s.g.a

Group housing I Ireo Developer I 2009


The landscape and movement have been designed to integrate ample lush green space for children to play while also adhering to the standard building regulations of the city. This has been made possible even with the irregular geometry of the site.

movement and circulation

Housing in Gurgoan, India competition entry - 1st price “The still pristine surroundings remind us of the bane of urbanity and spell out the task at hand: to create an environment that retains the sense of openness while bringing together hundreds of families who wish to find a new home within a community of responsible individuals�

site plan - landscape


plan vs height chart

The tower standing with its lush mustard plantation gives the urban housing complex a more natural and village like feel. It is also a character that a city with its suburbs wants to preserve. It is an attempt to always keep the people connected to their roots while still looking ahead.


tower 2

tower 3

public housing

tower 1

tower 4

nursery

club

main entrance


Housing in Gurgoan, India construction phase Design Process - This was a result of months of rework on the concept and design development. Apart from the continous revisions, it required many stages of sanctioning from the civic authories. The construction phase also required a complete service coordination with consultants, who used various computer aided methods to fool proof all services. 1.entrance fountain plaza 2.convenience store 3.kid’s play areas and climbing frames 4.tennis and badminton courts 5.central lawn 6.landscape horticulture with seasonal flowers and crops 7.fitness trails 8.dog walking track 9.organic fruit orchard 10.herb garden 11.surface parking 12.ramps to basement parking 13.estate entry/exit gates 14.club swimming pools 15.outdoor jacuzzi 16.yoga,foot refloxology decks 17.club entrance and water features 18.jogging tracks


Typical Tower Layout

3 bhk / Servant

The tower has been designed with units of varied sizes, which enrich the profile of the blocks, both visually and socially. Providing six flats to a core has further helped this effort, apart from providing cost effective group housng.

Apt 1

Club

core area

The clubhouse is seen as a product of negotiations of paths in the landscape. The building occupies a pivotal position and re-orients itself to the viewers as they move around it.

4 bhk / Servant

Apt 2 Nursery

The nursery has been conceived as seperated blocks interlinked with corridors to form interactive spaces. The whole complex has been provided with adequate landscape features and playing areas for children, like sand pits, etc.

Apt 3 2 bhk / Servant


The entrance view shows the towers which sit within a lush green landscape, giving most of the apartments a green view.


The aerial night view shows the general massing of the towers and its interrelationship. It also pronounces the double height duplex units that are a major selling factor of the apartment complex.


s.g.a

COMMUNITY CLUB Group housing I Ireo Developer I 2009


Ground Floor Plan

The clubhouse is seen as a product of negotiation of paths in the landscape. The building occupies a pivotal position and re-orients itself to the viewers as they move around it. It became the central focus of the scheme and arose out of the landscape design of playful grass mounds and interweaving walking tracks . Club

First Floor Plan


Model

View from the landscape central grounds

Model


The central position of the club and the curvilinear form is an attempt to blend the club house with its landscaped foreground.


s.g.a

The New School :SPA Reconnecting with its forgotten roots I 2010


Court of Origins

old school

scheme 1

concept

scheme 2

final scheme Three basic attitudes_ one towards the city, one towards the geology, and the third towards history, shape this scheme to create a realm of places rather than an abstract geometrical configuration of open vs built. Although the structure of the space of the campus is geomorphic, the forms of the buildings themselves follow a more primal orientation. A simple imprint from the past: the footprint of the beginnings of SPA at Kashmere Gate marks the line that also leads to Qutab Minar: which oriented Delhi since the 13th century. A network of organising axes is generated which ties the various blocks and creates imageable open spaces in between.


Phase 2 Block

Basketball and Badminton Courts

Student Centre Gym Cafe

Water catchment and use

Preservation of greens

Phase 2 Block Towers (Parking Below)

Convocation Grounds

Landscape design has been approached as a thoughtful integration of what already exists to reveal the nature of the place. In building within the realm of the gorge, like cave dewellers we have continued a long tradition of inhabiting enlarged spaces left over by nature or man’s action upon nature .

U.G Hostels

Canteen and Kitchen

Extension of natural features

P. G. Hostels

Library, Resource centre and Computer rooms

Extension of terrain to ground plane : Plaza, ghats and courts .

Formal Drop off for Visitors

Substation and Power Back up rooms Fire Tanks and Pump Room below

Courts of Origins Exhibition Pavilions Department of Architecture (U.G.) Admin and Faculty block

Pedestrian plaza Climatic design provides best orientation of building blocks

Workshop below Major axes defining design

Auditorium and Amphitheater above PG Departments


View from the main road onto the Academic side which lies along the Gorge.

View unto the Court Of Origins [which is symbolic of the old school] flanked by studio blocks.

Section through the Gorge

Student center Future blocks I Parking

Library and Resource Center

Studio Block Workshops I Gorge I Adminstrative blocks

Audiotorium / Amphitheater


The Gorge- a prominent geological feature of the site has been used as a central court for the academic campus and not as a more obvious divide between the academic campus and the hostels.


THE BUILT MASS In the absence of an appropriate urban context in its immediate vicinity and being surrounded by malls, hotels and commercial buildings adjacent to it, we have chosen to conceive the urban structure of the campus as an inward looking system. In this context, the existing feature of the gorge has been a great asset. Apart from providing a totally divergent urban space it has the ideal quality of being quiet and climatically more comfortable


s.g.a

Rajaswa Bhavan

India’s Tax Headquarters plugin urbanism I 2011


A spatial as well as a formal attention to the two important  intersections on the Madhav Rao Scindia Marg anchors the  project to its context.  Some very beautiful trees on site have not only been preserved  but have been celebrated through courts, amphitheaters and enframing walls of the buildings.

The site is at the intersection of major routes. Hence, the plinths become the culmination of these routes. It also gathers and extends to various elements of the city.

It is observed that fairly  high buildings, such as the  Asia House, the housing for  Civil Services Officers, already exist on site. In order for  Rajaswa Bhawan to gain  some prominence, it must  rise above the other structures. The masses have been  carefully handled to scale the building to site context.


Site Plan The components of the program are clearly manifested and articulated by the  building blocks. The Ministries and Secretariats that require dealings with both  the CBEC & CBDT, straddle the two towers as a bridging block. As mentioned  earlier, the plinth acts as an extensive canvas for interaction and assembly for the  users of the building.


Primary Road elevation [ Madhav Rao Scindia Marg

road elevation ]

A prominent aspect of the outward appearance of the building are the copper  screens which embellish  the  facade  with  their  diffused  metallic  sheen.  This shading  device provides  an  interactive  building  element,  which  allows  users  to  feel  part  of  the  built structure by being able to control the light  and view, to suit their requirements. The  screens  are  made  of  copper  discs  reminiscent  of  the  ancient  coins  that  witnessed  the rise of our civilization since the days of Chandragupta  Maurya. We found the copper coin a poignant symbol of the trust in a system  of monetary transaction.


Sectional elevation


My Works_Architecture and Urban Design  

Gsaap work , Undergraduate Work and Office works.

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