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Education: Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China Mandarin - British Council Scholarship (September 2017 – February 2018) University of Liverpool, UK BA Architecture with a year in China 2.1 (September 2014 – July 2017)


A Levels: Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry GCSEs: 7A*s 3As

#1. HIGHve Density Biomimicry #2. Co-Working Parasitic Office #3. Debating Chamber for Social Change #4. Vegan Bio-Architecture Concept #5. Custom Computer modification project

Professional experience: March 2018– August 2018: IBI Group, London, UK – Part I Architectural Assistant My role involves assisting with modelling, design work, and urban planning for hospital projects in the UK and abroad, such as the following: - National Space Testing Facility, Harwell - Al Basheer Medical City, Sudan July 2016 - September 2016: Logon Architecture, Shanghai, China – Internship My roles ranged from assisting in concept development to physical and digital modelling in the following schemes: - Zhangjiang Cement Factory, cement factory to offices and housing redevelopment project - Hongkou Guangyue Road, headquarter office project September 2012 - June 2014: Tiffin Girls' School, London, UK - IT Technician This was a full time IT support desk role. My main responsibilities were to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain the computer hardware equipment. My roles involved working with the teaching staff, support staff, and students alike


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SHANKAR SAANTHAKUMAR #1. HIGHve Density Biomimicry

#1. HIGHve Density Biomimicry

We modern Homo Sapiens have inhabited this planet for approximately 200,000 years. However our rapid population growth has been concentrated in the past 200 years. Therefore the concept of high density living is relatively new to our species and we are still very much in the experimental phase.

Other species, such as bees and ants, have successfully adapted to high density living over a much longer period. Their living structure is focussed around semi-private communities. Can this strategy be applied to human high density living?

- NW Elevation - Residential tower comprised of community units.

- Ground floor plan diagram, Porous to allow for mobility and visibility.

- Roof plan diagram, Towers connected through a web of bridges.

-Conclusion: Ants and bees solve the issue of high density by sharing communal spaces such as nursing areas. I have applied this concept to this high density living project by creating three typologies of shared apartments, each with private bedroom and bathroom areas, and communal living and cooking spaces. Diagram plans below. These are then stacked into towers and connected through raised walkways.

Type “A”

Type “B”

Type “C”

4 X 50m2 private units = 200m2 semi-private community

2 X 100m2 private units = 200m2 semi-private community

2 X 50m2 private units + 1 X 100m2 private unit = 200m2 Semi-private community

Type A, B, and C units stacked and twisted into towers, then connected through sky bridges.

SHANKAR SAANTHAKUMAR #2. Co-Working Parasitic Office

#2. Co-Working Parasitic Office

1. Concept: The clash of classes. Parasitic attachment of high society offices onto low society factories.

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2. Structural translation.

3. Private offices above public civic space.

Co-working spaces external bike yard fabric workshop 1

fabric workshop 2

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New parasitic structure wraps around the site.


Bikes embedded into the desks which the office workers pedal.


Pedal power from the cycle office powers the fabric workshop.


Bike courtyard


Second fabric workshop



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#3.3 Co-Working Cycl-o-ffice

New parasitic office unitsbikes wrap driving around the factories; raised they allow for Chains of the office theexisting looms of the fabric workshop. maximum foot traffic and permeability below.

#3.3 Co-Working Cycl-o-ffice

New parasitic office units wrap around the existing factories; raised they allow for maximum foot traffic and permeability below.

Chains of the office bikes driving the looms of the fabric workshop.

SHANKAR SAANTHAKUMAR #3. Debating Chamber for Social Change

#3. Debating Chamber for Social Change

C1850, Wurtemberg Print

2017, Trump

2018, Post-truth Interchange

Top down power has been engrained in our society for centuries.

Top-down post-truth politics. Empowered through reactionary digital social media messages.

Fighting post-truth with posts-of-truth; placing value on considered hand written messages, carried through the post-truth pipe to the debating chamber.

1. Debating chamber 2. Mayor’s home 3. Meeting rooms 4. Post-truth post box 5. Truth carrying pipe 6. Truth archive shoot 7. Underground Transport

Recent post-truth politics has been fuelled by reactionary social media. The Post-truth Interchange aims to tackle this by placing value on the considered hand written note. These notes can be posted into the building to be debated in the chamber, and then archived for future reference.


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#4.2 Post-truth Interchange

1. Debating chamber 1. debating chamber 2. Mayor’s home 2. mayor’s home 3. Meeting rooms 3. meeting rooms 4. Post-truth post box 4. post-truth post box 5. Truth carrying pipe 5. truth carrying 6. Truth archive shootpipe 7. Overground Transport 6. truth archive shoot

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North Elevation

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Debating Chamber Plan




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Debating chamber Truth carrying pipe Truth archive shoot Truth archive Underground transport

Hand written truths fly into the chamber, are debated, and then are sucked back through the truth pipe to be archived for eternity.

SHANKAR SAANTHAKUMAR #4. Vegan Bio-Architecture Concept

#4. Vegan Bio-Architecture Concept

The UK is seeing an increase in veganism, as a result there is an increase in consumption of more sustainable foods such as tofu.

Tofu has great nutritional value and little waste byproducts. However okara is one of them.

Okara (above) is a fibrous by-product in tofu production. This concept project sees if it can be put to use!

When okara dries it forms a carboard-like consistency. Therefore can it be used as a substrate in biomaterials? Could okara replace carboard in the production of mycelium bio-bricks?

The seven images on the following pages illustrate the conceptual world of 2118 where tofu production surpasses meat farming. As a result large amounts of okara can be harvested for use in the construction industry.

- Okara and plaster cladding experiment.

- Okara and plaster brick experiment.

- Okara and plaster reinforced brick experiment.

- Okara and plaster shell form finding.

Underground soybean farms replace traditional farming.

Rain catchers provide a sustainable source of water for the underground farms.

Churners grind and heat the soybeans with water to produce tofu and okara.

Filter chambers dry and separate okara from tofu.

The okara sludge is harvested for use in construction.

The tofu drips through the tap to the public.

The 2118 world is a vegan and sustainable place. However the illicit desire for meat remains amongst the population. The carnivores must meet in secret to farm and consume meat.

SHANKAR SAANTHAKUMAR #5. Custom Computer modification project

#5. Custom Computer modification project

1. Plain black empty computer case.

4. Re-assembly and priming.

2. Outline of window design cut.

5. Colour coat.

3. Dremel cutting the window and radiator vents for the watercooling system.

6. Installation of computer components and water-cooling system.

A media article about this project can be seen here:

7. Testing the water-cooling system for leaks.

Repairing and customising computers has been a hobby of mine for over ten years. As well as it being a fun hobby it has given me the technical experience to be familiar working with electronics and machining tools, which led to me working fulltime for a year and a half as an IT Technician after leaving high school. 8. Complete system. With the side panel on (left), side panel off to view internal system (right).


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