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Ruchi Agarwal Vasudev

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CONTENTS 01 Women4Women 02 Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update, Orange Township, Ohio 03 Convergence 04 Cook Park Extension, Lima, Ohio 05 GIS model for Sustainable Waste Management of Municipal Solid Waste: A Case Study in Franklin County, Ohio

06 Complete Streets 07 Home Sweet Renewable Home, Goa, India 08 Graphic Design 09 Travel, Photography, and Art Work 2


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STUDIO WORK

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STUDENT COMPETITION CLASS PROJECTS

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INDIVIDUAL SKILLS AND WORK


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An innovative tool for women entrepreneurs to thrive in the Accra Region of Ghana

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WOMEN4WOMEN

International Development Studio | Team: Sara Ford, Sierra, Saumenig, Ruchi Vasudev | Awarded the Outstanding Graduate Project in City and Regional Planning, 2018 | https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_p7OtGtDrqr3oNC0FG64SUoRvx9WR_GZ |

INTRODUCTION Entrepreneurship for women is challenging in low resource countries such as Ghana. Women entrepreneurs in Ghana must overcome a variety of challenges in order start a business as well as to successfully grow the business. Even if there are resources for financing, due to their unfavorable rates and short-term paybacks, entrepreneurs often struggle to successfully utilize these finances. A lack of capital required for continuous investments often makes women unable to access basic tools that prove vital to growing their businesses. Other challenges faced by women in order to grow their business include the lack of access to quality resources and equipment, internet and electricity, as well as family responsibilities which retrain the amount of time they have available. The project helps overcome these challenges by integrating a tool library into a co-op space where women entrepreneurs can access a shared and affordable workspace and resources, as well as network with like-minded individuals to grow their business. PARTNERSHIPS One of the biggest limitations to this project was that no work could be done on the ground in Ghana, and the invaluable firsthand experiences of working with people in the community was not possible as the team did not get the opportunity to travel to the project site. That is why it was crucial to not only gather online research but connect with individuals who live and/or work in Ghana every day. The following people responded to outreach done for the project and became invaluable resources in its development: Steve Wilson, Founder at Easy Track Ghana Hayford Siaw, Head of Ghana Libraries Aurora Chiste, Innovation Advisor at Impact Hub Accra Hannah Bonacci, Founder at Akumanyi Foundation Alice Grau, Global Mamas

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-> Resources through donations -> Local support. mobile library -> Co-op space and fundraising -> Local support, skill development, sales -> Marketing and Sales


Professional Skill Development (Akumanyi Foundation)

THE PROCESS

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Business Model including design, membership, rental, etc. (OSU Studio group) Financial Model as fundraising, donations, sponsorship, etc

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RECOMMENDATIONS We anticipate future studio groups will • Grow the relationships with the potential partners and establish relationships that will help in creating a pilot co-op within the Accra region • Further detail the business model • Design a promising financial model • Expand resources available at the co-op to include childcare, medical resources, and more that Ghanaian women may find challenging to access • Create a mobile tool library that will allow women in rural areas to access these resources This is a starting place to help achieve women entrepreneurial success in Ghana. We recommend students who are traveling to Ghana to truly hear the voices of the unheard and to revise the plan to fit the needs of Accra women.

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COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN UPDATE, ORANGE TOWNSHIP, OHIO 2017 Comprehensive Planning Studio | https://orangetwp.org/DocumentCenter/View/2401

VISION STATEMENT Through this plan, we will create a thriving, inclusive, and balanced community, in which residents are proud to live, work, and play. ENGAGEMENT • Stakeholders & Client Involvement • Three public meetings - 60 participants • Online survey - 471 respondents • Project Website • Facebook & Twitter • Other Social Media • Community Football games

THEMES • Thriving • Inclusive • Balanced THE FINAL PLAN • Eight Topics • 30 Goals • 108 Strategies and Implementation Plans PLANNING PROCESS

Site Visits

Technical Research & Analysis

Collect and Analyze Data

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Stakeholder & Client Involvement

Public Outreach

Engage

Online Surveys

Vision, Goals, Strategies

Final Presentation & Document Delivery

Create the Plan


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MY CONTRIBUTION

Updated Land Use map Unzoned

Single-Double Residential

Mixed Use

Recreational Use

Industrial

Single Family Residential

Single & Double Family Residential

Commercial

Institutional & Public Facilities

Public Utilities

The Studio was led by Prof. Chad Gibson and executed by a group of eight City & Regional Planning students. Work was subdivided in order to accomplish the creation of a comprehensive plan in a limited period of time. I took the lead in: • Research on current demographic and population characteristics and future population trends of Orange Township • Structure, process, materials design and procurement, and advertisement of the Public Outreach meetings • Questions for the online survey • The topic of Community Image which was further subdivided into four themes of Branding, Gateways, Wayfinding, and Governance and Collaboration • Drafting the Vision Statement • Photography during site visits and Public meetings

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CONVERGENCE

ULI Hines Competition 2018 | Team: Linghui Zhang, Lawrence Servis, Rachel Smith, Ben Williams, Ruchi V https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RJl5z-pK7ULq-RnGhrtUE4DMKuOcr8Ut

THE SITE Located east of the historic downtown Toronto, reaching the mouth of the Don River, and surrounded by large ind transportation investments, was the area to be developed as a mixed-use and sustainable transition area.

DESIGN NARRATIVE (Written by Ruchi Vasudev, Rachel Smith) Convergence is a vibrant, prosperous, and resilient community where all facets of the city come together epitom blends with the surrounding residential, commercial, and historic neighborhoods as well as with the natural systems of the The current industrial area will be transformed to provide transit-driven mixed-uses including housing, retail, com the present challenges of the lack of grocery stores, entertainment, and flood control systems in the area. Convergence co transportation infrastructure, and improved vehicular circulation. This integrated approach will foster a vibrant and resili Rendered by Linghui Zhang

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mizing the ideal of Toronto, which means “a meeting place�. At Convergence, the urban form of Toronto seamlessly he Don River. It is a place where the rich multicultural population of the city can gather to live, work, play and thrive. mmercial, office, hotel, and public spaces for all ages, income levels, and abilities. Additionally, the proposal addresses onnects a previously isolated area to the rest of the city through enhanced pedestrian and bicycle access, new public ient community as well as drive economic prosperity.

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The architectural design of the site complements both the high-rise commercial buildings planned to the south the residential area to the north. The site is organized around two central pedestrian spines and three large plazas. A wid compatible retail, entertainment, cultural, and food options are located around these open spaces fostering public interacti the upper levels of the buildings will be used for residential and office spaces providing spectacular views of the river an skyline. The design encourages multimodal movement in and around Convergence. Rerouting Eastern Avenue’s exit ramp a more efficient use of space while encouraging economic activity within the city of Toronto. Broadview Avenue observes the streets policy and will serve as the primary access point to the site. Convergence advocates the use of public transit, prov access to subway, streetcar, and commuter train. Furthermore, two new bridges across the Don River link the communit space to the west, allowing pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to become one of the central feature of the site. The lower Don River has been seen as a destructive and divisive force in recent history, often flooding the express and inhibiting development along its banks. Convergence will join The Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Fl Protection Project in their work to make the river an amenity to the city once again. The sustainable and comprehensive fl and stormwater management solution prevents flooding in the site as well as in Spill Zone 2 with the ability to store and t over 14 million liters of water. Convergence offers Toronto’s diverse population a harmonious space for public engagement. It provides a cru connection across neighborhoods while responding to the rising residential and commercial demand in the Greater Toro Area. Convergence creates a perfect union between a people-centric urban design and the natural ecosystems of the regio

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14.5 Acres 43 Total Parcels 8 Tax Delinquent Parcels 35 Property Owners 26 Residences

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COOK PARK EXTENSION, LIMA, OHIO Site Planning Proposal | Team: Matt Adair, Juan Mendive, Ruchi Vasudev

PROBLEMS AND NEEDS • Unemployment Rate in Cook Park and Hope are 18% and 36% respectively • Environmental sensitivity • Social and economic differences between Cook Park and Hope • No direct access between Cook Park and Hope

SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

1 Community gardens and farmer's market 2 Greywater harvesting and reuse for irrigation of gardens 3 Gazebo for community gathering 4 Permeable bike trail connecting neighborhood

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Environmental

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GIS MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE WAS A CASE STUDY IN FRANKLIN COUN

Advanced GIS Project | Team: Ye Song, Ruchi Vasudev | https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xQ2mXiMNqub94EGEkcR2WPY4Y9

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Restrictions Final Suitability Map

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1.3% of area in Franklin County is suitable

CONTEXT

RESEARCH TOPIC

• Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) receives over 1

• Sustainably siting landfills

million tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) annually • Current landfill being expanded • Opposition from nearby residents and property owners • Landfills pose negative environmental and health impacts

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• Environmental, Social, Econo landfill sites

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Network Analyst Results-Location Allocation

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METHODS • Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) • Buffering and site suitability • Network Analyst - Average Speed and Location Allocation • Business Analyst • Policy and planning recommendations

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COMPLETE STREETS

Energy Planning Project | Team: Chris Will, Jake Gill, Thomas Leonard,. Adam Porr, Ruchi Vasudev | https://drive.google.com/open?id=14QSYoohH4ATQ55wQ1xv-gj_0sNNKvpmP

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Overall Study Area

METHODOLOGY • To properly document the specific existing conditions and make recommendations, the entire route was divided up into five character areas • These areas are along Woody Hayes Drive from Fyffe to Coffey Road, Woody Hayes from Coffey to the Olentangy Trail entrance, Woody Hayes from the trail entrance to Knowlton Hall, Woodruff from Knowlton to the chemistry building and Woodruff from the chemistry building to High Street STUDY AREA EXISTING CONDITIONS • Woodruff Avenue from High Street to Tuttle Park Place and Woody Hayes Drive from Tuttle Park Place to Fyffe Road • This stretch of road runs through the northern heart of Ohio State University’s campus • Dormitories on the eastern portion of Woodruff Avenue • Pedestrian crossings were in thirteen separate places with crossing lights • Traditional crossings were located at intersections where major roads cross • Eight bus stops • Many cyclists were riding on the sidewalk instead of the street RECOMMENDATIONS • Many options for transportation were considered keeping in mind adequate and safe space for buses, bicycles, pedestrians, and automobiles to use these streets • Recommendations focused on improving access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists • Planting strips to separate the bike section from the automobile section for safety reasons and to capture storm water • Speed changes to improve safety measures • Reducing the size of the drive lanes by a few feet to help promote slower speeds • Better time management of traffic lights to allow for greater flow of pedestrians and more time to cross lanes

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EXISTING CONDITIONS • East bound lanes include 18' transit area with a bus shelter, 8' sidewalk, 12' bus lane, 16' sharrow, and 12' drive lane • West bound lanes include 10' transit area with a bus shelter, 12' sidewalk, 12' bus lane, 12' sharrow, and 12' drive lane • A 5' buffer between the opposite lane of traffic RECOMMENDATIONS • Increasing the bus lane to 14' • Having 12' drive lanes next to the bus lane on both sides of the road • Adding a 12' bike lane in the center of the road, with a 6' portion dedicated to east bound traffic and a 6' portion dedicated to west bound traffic • 8.5' planting strip on each side of the bike lane • Width of the sidewalks and transit stop remains unchanged For character areas two to five, refer to the original document

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OBJECTIVE To design an energy efficient home in a coastal. low-latitude, and tropical area. The house was to be designed consideri energy in forms of solar, rainwater, vegetation, and natural wind, as well as architectural design strategies, grid energ appliances.

THE SITE Goa is situated in the west coast of the Indian Peninsula surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Gh direction in the region is West and North-West with an average air temperature of 84°F. The area experiences average tem with rains in the months of June to September.

MY CONTRIBUTION I conducted research, benchmarked with comparable regions, and defined all the technical specifications for designing th to help visualize the design.

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HOME SWEET RENEWABLE HOME, GOA, INDIA

Energy Planning Project | Team: Chris Will, Jake Gill, Thomas Leonard,. Adam Porr, Ruchi Vasudev | https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gGmsFcOaE0cPRTqCvQpe1BFwaPbbUD7D

ing the use of active and passive gy, and energy-efficient electric

hats on the east. Dominant wind mperature between 80°F and 90°F

he house including hand sketches

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GRAPHIC DESIGN

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PROJECT ALTERNATIVES SELECTION PROCESS 1 DATA COLLECTION

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ALTERNATIVES SELECTION

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No Action Alternative

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PREFFERED ALTERNATIVE

3 Alternative 3 was developed from Concept A. In the northern part, the Resist structure begins near the HBLR Lincoln Harbor station at Waterfront Terrace, traveling south along HBLR and then continuing south along Weehawken Cove towards Garden Street. In the southern part, there will be two options: Option 1 will include an alignment south of Observer Highway within the rail yard, and Option 2 will feature an alignment along Observer Highway from Washington Street directly to Marin Boulevard.

Cover page infographic designed for a class project on the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Hudson River Project

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Flyer designed for the Social Justice Week organized by the City and Regional Planning Student Association

Process flow infographic t the Anaerobic Digestion P Independent Study


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Logo designed to brand the Project Scheduling Team at Schneider Electric (property of Schneider Electric)

Logo designed for an App (project incomplete)

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TRAVEL, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND ART WORK

DSLR | Photoshop | Poster color | Pencil | Charcoal | Craft work

Helsinki, Finland

Pseud Packi

Meghalaya, India

Montreal, Canada

Pon Annecy, France Rann of Kutch, India

New York City, USA

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Poster color painting

do-fireplace, ing boxes

Budapest, Hungary

Supermoon, USA Rajasthan, India

ndicherry, India

ortrait, Pencil sketch Columbus, USA

Portrait, Pencil and charcoal

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