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Shruti Rajagopalan portfolio 2006-2015

urban design . architecture


“ Turbulence, Ocean and Sky” by Peter G Pereira


CONTENTS 01 M.URBAN DESIGN MUMBAI TRANSCAPES AAMCHE WORLI KOLIWADA ENCLAVE OF INCLUSION SULPHUR BAYOU

02 PROFESSIONAL THE HERITAGE

03 B.ARCHITECTURE IN.FLUXED URBAN LABYRINTH EDIFYING CIRCUITS


EDUCATION MASTER OF URBAN DESIGN UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN | Ann Arbor, USA

2013-14

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE SRM UNIVERSITY | Chennai, India

2006-11

School of Architecture and Interior Design

EXPERIENCE

Shruti Rajagopalan A1/501, Plot no.21, Sector-6, Dwarka New Delhi, india 110075 shruti.r88@gmail.com

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Ann Arbor, USA RESEARCH ASSISTANT + Research on ‘New Mobility’ and its potential through intense mapping and study of different types of industrial clusters + Arquine Competition- Reconfiguration of Mexico City’s old airport site- Shortlisted design SKIDMORE, OWINGS AND MERILL SF, USA

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+ Research for the redevelopment of downtown Qingdao, China which involved making of a large scale study model + Contribution to client presentations MORPHOGENESIS New Delhi, India ARCHITECT + Execution of Lalit Hospitality School (LEED Gold building), Faridabad, India + Execution of Heritage International School, Faridabad, India + Schematic Design for Chintels mixed use development, Gurgaon, India + Design Development of C and C Hotel, Bengaluru, India + Concept Design for British Council Library, New Delhi, India + Competition- Vikas Bhawan, New Delhi, India FREELANCE New Delhi, India ARCHITECT, GRAPHIC DESIGNER + Design and execution of Jain House interiors, Gurgaon, India + Graphic designing AN PROJECTS Chennai, India URBAN DESIGNER + Urban Design proposal for the Camp Road Junction at Tambaram, Chennai, India + Urban Design proposal for waterfront development of Chitalapakam Lake, Chennai, India ABRD ARCHITECTS New Delhi, India INTERN ARCHITECT

2011-13

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SKILLS DIGITAL DRAFTING, 3D MODELING, MAPPING AUTOCAD | REVIT | RHINO | SKETCHUP | VRAY | ARC GIS PRESENTATIONS ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE | MS OFFICE LANGUAGES ENGLISH | HINDI | TAMIL COMPETENCIES PRESENTATIONS | INITIATIVES | PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION | PEOPLE SKILLS | OBSERVATION AND ANALYTICAL SKILLS

COMPETITIONS + Arquine Competition’15 | Reconfiguration of Mexico City’s old airport site + ULI Hines Urban Design Competition’14 | Urban Revitalization, Nashville + UN Habitat Competition’14 | Mass Housing Design, Mumbai + Murthy Classical Library of India (MCLI)’10 | Logo Design Competition + World Habitat Day’10, Madras University | Poster Competition + HUDCO Trophy, NASA* ’08 | Riverfront development, Lucknow + Louis I. Kahn Trophy, NASA ’07 | Documentation of CHEPAUK PALACE + Annual NASA Design Competition (ANDC) ‘07 | Design of Meditation Centre *NASA- National Association of Students of Architecture, India

AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS + Master Of Urban Design Merit-Based Scholarship Recipient + Licenced Architect - Council of Architecture, India + Winner of DNM Badminton Tournament 2013 + Winner of several medals and certificates in athletics, basketball and dance at school and zonal level + Master of Ceremonies at diverse school and company events

EXHIBITIONS MUMBAI ANTHROPOCENE - New Imaginaries of the City’s Industrial Core October ‘13 | Studio X, Mumbai MUMBAI DOCKLANDS - Expression of the Eastern Waterfront February’14 | Studio X, Mumbai

INTERESTS CURRICULAR Sustainability | Community Building and Participation | Social Impacts of Spatial Design | Behavioral Urbanism | Politics EXTRA CURRICULAR Yoga | Badminton | Sprinting | Musical Instruments | Dance | Photography


M.URBAN DESIGN University of Michigan 2013-2014


One City Studio. Mumbai.

View of the western coast of Mumbai from the renowned “Kanchanchunga Apartments� by Charles Correa


The MUD program at the University of Michigan was aimed at taking its entire duration to delve deeply into the smallest details of the city and carefully analyze the urban interjections to come up with ideas which are sensitive and sensible by taking into account the various contraditions existing within the political, economical, social and cultural boundaries. Solutions to the investigated issues were strengthened by our intense research and study on the subject matter of real estate and its functioning in the city. Mumbai is an aspiring Global city of extremity where on the same piece of land, one can spot a luxurious apartment complex with all possible amenities abutting a not-so-scenic informal settlement which craves for even basic water and electricity infrastructure. A healthy, wholesome and equitable economic growth would ideally include the informal sectors of the city. Yet most of the policies set for the city are in favor of the elite. As an urban designer, I realize that a city is never black and white but has numerous shades of grey in between. Keeping this fact in mind, I have attempted to carefully produce ideas in the given scenario which are not just blindly driven by and cater to the existing social imbalance and injustice in the city but are also reinforced with a practical execution plan with involvement of stakeholders and numbers. During this journey, I have also learnt that urban design may not be about solving the biggest issues but it could be merely about instigating a thought leading to an action in that direction.


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WINTER 2014 TRANSFORMATION OF THE EASTERN DOCKLANDS


ABSTRACT Amidst an approximate density of 21,000 persons per square km and beyond the ridiculous economic and spatial disproportions in the city there exist some enclaves untouched, unspoken and contested. Eighteen hundred acres of land abutting the eastern waterfront of Mumbai is an underutilized post industrial site which was once an active port and now carries smaller activities like the ship breaking industry, oil storage, etc. and is held that way due to extreme politics and ownership issues. The area primarily comprises of people working for these informal sectors and living in near their workplaces and is largely deprived of infrastructure. In a city which struggles due to dearth of space, this available opportunity open doors to a foreseeable successful waterfront development which can not only house more needy people but provide amenities for a more equitable quality of life.


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ISSUE. POSITION The site is post industrial and as a result of its history and current activities, the land is very polluted causing it to be a hazardous working environment unfit to work in. In order for this land to be fit for any use, there is a dire need for soil remediation. The cost of carrying this out would appear extremely high for the government to even approve. My aim was to study the impact of the upcoming highway infrastructure project called the ‘Mumbai Trans-Harbor Link’ on the eastern waterfront of Mumbai and propose housing for the area which is more inclusive and adds a new public space which Mumbai actually craves for. The primary stakeholders in the entire redevelopment plan are the MMRDA, the Mumbai Port Trust, as well as some private companies. Considering such a sensitive scenario of ownership, the proposal requires to be extremely tactical in its approach.

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READING BETWEEN THE LINESUNDERSTANDING THE ESSENCE OF FABRIC MUMBAI CHARETTE- FEB’14 The Docklands are a cluster of localities, with distinct historical experiences. They have been at the center of the city’s public imagination. Today, globalization in Mumbai is very clearly being identified with physical transformations that accommodate post-industrial, service based economic activities and attempt to push out manufacturing and informal trading and servicebased activities towards the periphery of the city. This drawing represents a typical street section wherein on one side, one can observe an old community based housing and a vibrant street abutting it as against the new form of development taking over the city where the first few levels are merely designed are parking areas which tend to disconnect the people in the buiding from the street life and related activities.


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Typical Street section at Sewri


THE CHALLENGE OF HOUSING IN MUMBAI

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The primary economic drivers of the city are either the very rich or the very poor. Although on paper housing people seems like a good practice, the issue with this kind of investment is that it does not seem to trickle down to the needy. The winners in such an environment are evidently the richest class of people in the city while the losers are the ones at the base of the pyramid.

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THE PROPOSAL The approach to the existing issue is incremental in nature. The aim was to make the project as mutually benefitting as possible by inviting rich investors to promote their business which would ultimately inncrease the value of the place. Instead of generating a masterplan for the site, the proposal takes into account the sensitivity of the site- physically, socially, historically, culturally. and economically. The site is hence considered for development in phases which makes it self-sustaining in terms of its execution.

PHASE 4 The clean site is now ready for laying permanent low-rise and high housing to invite socially and economically diverse set of people.

PHASE 3 Hositng of multifarious temporary cultural, religious and business events like amusement fairs, etc. on site to make the location popular. Using the revenue generated by these events to execute engineered remediation for speeding the process. A set of public buildings are also introduced to the site gradually. The existing warehouses are now used to host various art, culture and other awareness exhibitions.

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REPRESENTATION OF PHASE V/S TIME

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refurbihed warehouses used for hosting awareness exhibitions

high-rise housing

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pier for boating and other water activities

open spaces to continue small-scale hosting events

chawl-type housing

public buidings

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streets and buildings laid out as per initial grid

PLAN The final layout is designed in such a way that it caters to the social differences of castes and classes and provides an environment which is desirable for all. The buildings are laid out alon g the initially placed grid which brings about full efficiency of the given space. Open public spaces are given high priority to set an example for a city which tends to compromise on such essentials for private space.


SECTION There are restrictions on the buildings heights which do not allow the buildings to rise beyond 15 floors. These restriction are set keeping in mind the sensitivity to surrounding context, aesthetic views and practical needs of the people inhabiting these spaces.


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The ultimate aim of the exercise to use this model as a base to develop the entire eastern waterfront in a manner which socially equitable and justifiable in terms of current needs of the city and its population. Considering the current socio-economic and political scenario, an intervention is required which is mutually beneficial for both, the low income group of the society and the developers and investors who we seek the funds from. Hence, this is an idea to ensure not just housing but more importantly and currently diminishing, quality living for all, irrespective of their social or economic background.


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The magical creation of the tangible and the intangible value, out of emptiness


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ABSTRACT The Koli, or fisherfolk, were among the earliest residents (dating back to at least 16th century) of the seven islands that were comibined to form the present day Mumbai. Critically, the Koliwada is an urban formation that emerged prior to contemporary notions of property ownership. In recent years, there has been increased pressure for redevelopment in Worli Koliwada. With the construction of Bandra-Worli sea link, the Koliwada became newly visible, literally and metaphorically inviting real-estate speculation. The studio uses the political and economic quagmire surrounding Worli Koliwada as an opportunity to rethink the potential of the commons in urban design. The village’s historic morphology, reflecting a collectivist notion of property in combination with the land ownership status of the village today, makes the site uniquely appropriate for such an investigation.

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The main intent behind the project is to manipulate and subvert the utility of tourism and cultural heritage. As an exercise, I first draw a cultural character sketch a worli village. I choose to represent the festival of Holi and note a set of observations existing as the idea of commons in the place. Elements which blur property lines and the idea of ownership.

Axonometric representation of the festival of Holi as celebrated in Worli Koliwada


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The serial lights connecting different buildings creating a new boundary in itself

Although physical boundaries defining extent of properties are stark, people tend to use these baundaries are points of social interaction

The dancing ladies coming and performing rituals around fire, arrive along a path which also defines a boundary

Private property becomes peforated for outsiders during festive occasions bringing people together


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Actual existing attractions on site

Representation of existing village and walking tour around it

Counter factual elements camouflaged in the map with the existing entities

CONCEPT From the observations, the project takes a turn towards a critical appropriation of a typical tourist map with three parts: • A village tour of existing fabric on site. • Counter factual elements • A set of future possibilities

Proposed entertaining activities on site to encourage people to visit the village

The project is inspired by a book by Mark Monmonier called ‘How to lie with Maps’ where, through various illustrations, he conveys that not only can the same data can be interpreted very differently by different people but also how a cartographer has the power to represent this data in way that mends people’s thoughts to believe what the cartographer wants them to believe. The Counter Factual Elements play a key role in the project and are not to mislead people who are visiting the village but to instigate a new way of thinking in them. These elements are participating in announcing a divisions, to realize the affect of an absent thing and getting the public to value the village. Finally, the set of future possibilities is to use fictitious stories and of the village to instigate development.


SPREADING THE WORD To take the project a step forward towards realization, ‘Aamche Worli Koliwada’ becomes an initiative to protect and preserve the culture and heritage of this community from the threats of real estate speculation through the exhibition of its intangible value.

IN THE BROCHURE...

ATTRACTIONS The Wall This magnificient structure was erected by the kolis as a mark of division between the village and the rest of the city. Although the wall is trying to create a strong boundary, its porousity is an indication that the rest of the people are still welcome to the village. The Memorial In the year 2010, the kolis experienced a terrible downfall in their business which was because of the decreasing number of fishes in the water due to various environmental reason. The Monument was built in recognition of this event and signifies the importance of fishes as the lifeline of the koli community.

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PROPOSALS With this vision protect and improve, we have a few possible opportunities proposed for guided future development of the village.

1. Shri. Ghanshyam was an eminent person

of the worli koli community who had contributed a lot to the growth of the village. He passed away and left his beautiful house in the hands of the village. We propose turning his house into a memorial in his name. Consequently, we propose open space around this house which would serve as a common area.

The Cross Built in 1954, the shrine is 56 years old and the idols have been carved out of marble stone. Celebrations are carried out annually and include processions which start from the bus stop and proceed towards the fort. Vetal Devi Temple Panyatla Vetal and Aagyacha Vetal with rakshak sthambas (pillars) and shivanandi can be found here. The idols made of solid stone and covered with vermillion (shendur) and are worshipped by all the devotees. Narali Pournima and Poush Pournima are special ocassions when the flag hoisting is carried out.

2. Almost all religious practices and rituals

in Worli Koliwada are associated with water. For this purpose, we propose immediate access to pure and clean water.


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ARQUINE COMPETITION RECONFIGURATION OF THE AIRPORT SITE OF MEXICO CITY Team work with McLain Clutter

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IMAGINING ‘UTOPIA’ The project recuperates Mexico City’s utopic capacity- projecting a new enclave of inclusin. The 25% of residential, mixed-use and transportation program required by the competition is consolidated within a gridiron at the center of the site, based on the dimensions of Tenochtilan. Separating the new enclave from the surroundings is a park in which the terrain has been reshaped to produce bio-swales accepting the surrounding greywater. Arterial roads and mass transit are extended into the enclave. Within the blocks, abstractions of building types characteristic of varied and discrete enclaves throughout Mexico City are placed in radical spatial adjacency. Thus, the constituencies these types solicit are provided new spaces of encounter within the blocks. Also inserted into the enclaves are four “new ruins.” Depressed in bio-swales, these enormous and enigmatic structures offer loci for common identification, while providing water and civic amenities for the diverse constituencies of the enclave.


ABSTRACT This 2-week intense competition demanded the transformation of this largely underused area in Nashville by taking advantage of its adjacency to downtown and the state Capitol complex, its location near the Cumberland river and the Bicentennial Capitol Mall, and its historical assets into a thriving urban neighborhood that highlights its locational advantages, including the new baseball stadium, to create a resilient and healthy community. The proposal, in its placement of land uses and discussion of building siting and design, needed to address how to build a neighborhood that can withstand future flood events. It also needed to address how the proposed development program would support healthy choices by its residents and users, for example, physical activity, access to healthy food, and social interaction.


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ULI HINES COMPETITION REVIVAL OF DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE Team Work with: + Lucina Navarro + Ramon Hernandez + Jamilla Afandi + Josh Bails

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Sulphur Bayou brings the community together and at the same time encourages exploration of the city through walkability and bikeability. Sulphur Bayou creates a vibrant neighborhood between the new ball park and the riverfront with several shops, bars, and restaurants to provide a fun time in the city for residents and visitors alike. Sulphur Bayou is an environmental friendly design that promotes access to healthy food by connecting the existing resources such as the farmers market and also provides ample choices for physical activity to ensure a healthy lifestyle for residents of Nashville.


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Sulphur Bayou also aims to bring the urban landscape into harmony with the natural environment. The Sulphur Dell site was damaged once by the 1000- year flood which called for a design that addressed the issue of flood mitigation. Sulphur Bayou implements building typologies that mitigates the damage in a natural and sustainable way. The bio-marsh along the riverfront creates an initial buffer which is followed by a retention pond and native plants. Additionally, 3rd Ave is designed with a “shared street� approach.These resilience strategies not only mitigate flooding but also have an environmental friendly design that encourages different transportation nodes in the area which help to ensure a healthy and sustainable community.

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PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL After the success of a chain of schools in New Delhi, Conscient Infrastructure decided to construct a school for children in the national capital region, following an educational system which would unleash students’ complete potential. Firm : Morphogenesis Project Status : Under Construction Role : Architect

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Section through courtyard and multipurpose hall


THE HERITAGE | PROFESSIONAL

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1600 1600

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UP 3000 (10 EQ TREADS) 3300 (11 EQ TREADS)

LT R M LANDSCAPED TERRACE

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THE HERITAGE | PROFESSIONAL

ARCHITECTURAL LEVELS (FFL)

STRUCTURAL LEVELS (TOS TOF) G

H TERRACE LVL

+15150

TERRACE LVL

+14950 TOS

EAM

3775

EAM

CORRIDOR 2

70 AS SITE

64 62

52

AS SITE

3300 (11 E TREADS)

50

AS SITE

3300 (11 E TREADS)

(12 E RISERS)

44

1 00

3 34 32 2

AS SITE

3300 (11 E TREADS)

26

1600

3300 (11 E TREADS)

(12 E RISERS)

20

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1900

1 00

1 HANDRAIL(INDICATIVE)

16 14

MID-LANDING 12 10

+2375

6

1 00

(12 E RISERS)

FIRST FLOOR LVL (CORRIDOR)

CLASSROOM

TREAD=300 RISER=150 WIDTH=1600

+2325 TOS

+5975

30

1 00

(12 E RISERS)

MID-LANDING 36

AS SITE

+475 TOS

FRICTION DAM ER

40

22

GROUND FLOOR LVL (CORRIDOR)

1900

24

MID-LANDING

+7775 FFL

42

CORRIDOR 2

EAM

SECOND FLOOR LVL (CORRIDOR)

CLASSROOM

TREAD=300 RISER=150 WIDTH=1600

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1600

4

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+9575

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46

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3600

5 54

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EAM

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1 00

(12 E RISERS)

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1900

TREAD=300 RISER=150 WIDTH=1600

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66

100

MID-LANDING

SECOND FLOOR LVL (CORRIDOR)

3300 (11 E TREADS)

6

(12 E RISERS)

EAM

THIRD FLOOR LVL (CORRIDOR)

CLASSROOM

72

3600

+11275 TOS

3600

THIRD FLOOR LVL (CORRIDOR)

4

AS SITE

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3300 (11 E TREADS )

2

1600

GROUND FLOOR LVL (CORRIDOR)

CLASSROOM

0

+575 FFL

MID-LANDING

-4

AS SITE

3000 (10 E UAL TREADS)

-10

TREAD=300 RISER=22 E WIDTH=1600

-12

CORRIDOR 2

MID-LANDING -11

-1072

-14 -16

1630

(11 E RISERS)

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1900

-6

3275

EAM

1645

SITE LVL 0

(11 E RISERS)

-2

-1

AS SITE

-20

3000 (10 E UAL TREADS)

1900

LOWER GROUND FLOOR LVL

-2700

-22

LOWER GROUND FLOOR LVL (CORRIDOR)

-3350 TOS

LT ROOM STAIRCASE DOWEL DETAIL AS STRUCTURE

ASEMENT LVL

-3600

FOUNDATION DETAIL AS STRUCTURE

SECTION 1- 1

Section through staircase


B.ARCHITECTURE SRM University 2006-2011


influx.ed

URBAN DESIGN STUDIO REVITALIZATION OF CAMP ROAD JUNCTION

ABSTRACT Tambaram(Tamil Nadu, India) is considered to be a satellite town as it caters to the needs of hundreds of suburbs. The task was to explore urban design strategies for the camp road junction(a major urban node in tambaram). WHAT WAS NEEDED WAS A RENEWED SENSE OF QUALITY OF LIFE! The project was divided into two parts: The first part involved intense studies on the areas lying within 1km radius of the junction. The second part of the exercise involved the designing of the junction and the connecting main roads, based on the studies, so as to provide a distinct identity and to resolve the issues faced by its users.


INFLUX.ED | UD STUDIO

RESEARCH MAPS

vehicular - heavy vehicular - medium pedestrian

TRAFFIC PATTERN

FIGURE-GROUND MAP

commercial residential religious educational/ health greens barren

INVERSE FIGURE-GROUND MAP

LAND-USE PATTERN

TRAFFIC STUDY VEHICULAR STUDY 30%

20

Average Travel Time (in mins)

25%

TRAFFIC ACTIVITY STUDY

30%

15%

16

12

8

4 12am

2

4

6

8

10 12pm

2

4

6

8

10pm

Start time

MARKET ACTIVITY STUDY 4am Fish Sale Vegetable Sale Flower Sale Shops Other Hawkers

6

8

10

12pm

2

4

6

8

10pm


ISSUES


INFLUX.ED | UD STUDIO


PROPOSAL


INFLUX.ED | UD STUDIO


urban labyrinth

THESIS WATERFRONT CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE

ABSTRACT Pondicherry, India, required an impetus for the overall growth of the economic profile of the region. The task was to design a convention and exhibition centre along a waterfront in Pondicherry, India- a space which catered to two primary types of networking- SOCIAL and BUSINESS. The challenge was to render the site in such a way that it attracted outsiders as well as the localites. The union territory is situated on the coromandel coast about 160 kms South of Chennai. Pondicherry is a unique confluence of ancient heritage and modern advancements and where the Indian essence is found with a French flavour.


Aerial view of proposal


THE SITE The 11-acre site abuts the main city and is located very close to the airport and the railway station which makes the place easily accessible. It is subtly contoured throughout. However, a patch of dense contours run near the edge of the river which makes the level difference at that spot, apparent. It is endowed with lush green trees.


URBAN LABYRINTH | THESIS

SUN-PATH DIAGRAM

CONTOURS

SETBACK

VEGETATION

ZONING

ZONING The zoning of the site is driven by its restrictions as well as its assets. Due to a 50m setback along the edge of the river, the space becomes unavailable. Therefore, the main building is concentrated in the centre of the site. The setback constraint allows the development of an urban plaza alongside the river and the dense contours visually act like the partition between the two spaces. The main entrance to the site happens at the corner whereas the service area is pushed to the back of the site where there is no public circulation.


CONCEPT The important thing was to make sure that the designed space was not just iconic but also sensitive to the people experiencing it. In other words, formation of a strong link or connection between man and the space. One of the ways of achieving this sensitivity was by going organic.


URBAN LABYRINTH | THESIS

THE WEB By definition, a web means “an interconnected system of things or people�. This concept was very relevant as the project primary dealt with designing of a space where individuals and groups gather to promote and share common interests.

The three buildings on the site, namely; the CONVENTION BLOCK, EXHIBITION BLOCK and AUDITORIUM BLOCK, are thus, oriented in a manner which gives high priority to the natural vista of the river abutting the site and the sun path.

The site is hence inspired by a spider web where the buildings act as core webs and the bridges at different levels connecting these buildings act as the connecting strands.


FIRST FLOOR PLAN

SECOND FLOOR PLAN

THRID FLOOR PLAN

FOURTH FLOOR PLAN

FLOOR PLANS common area landscape services/ b.o.h kitchen reception

FIFTH FLOOR PLAN

meeting rooms library banquet/dinner hall convention hall av room

The first and second floor have a huge arched opening which acts as the entrance and blends with the building form and frames a vista of the water body. This area is landscaped and serves as a public space. The third, fourth and fifth levels contain different sized voids on their floor slabs so as to let maximum natural light seep in through them from the the top to all the other levels. These levels hold the convention halls, banquet halls, dining halls etc.


URBAN LABYRINTH | THESIS

private semi- private public SECTION OF CONVENTION BLOCK DEPICTING PERMEABILITY OF SPACE

CONVENTION BLOCK

EXHIBITION AND AUDITORIUM BLOCK

FORM The buildings are primarily curvy by structure as curves are known to be psychologically more sensitive to the human eye. They give a sense of subtlety and continuity. Public areas gradually turn into private spaces as the levels increase. CONVENTION BLOCK The convention block, which is the main building, is a fluid structure which gives the site an identity as it stands unique. It also breaks the monotony created by the two buildings. EXHIBITION AND AUDITORIUM BLOCK The exhibition and the auditorium blocks are simple egg shell structures which serve the purpose of inhabiting large number of people under one roof. The structure also caters well to the acoustics needs of the spaces.

THE FACADE ELEVATION OF CONVENTION BLOCK

FACADE MODULE

INTERIOR SPACE

The facade, inspired by the Sinosteel Tower in China, has basic hexagonal frames as high as the building’s floor height. The voids within the this hexagonal frames keep increasing and decreasing gradually according to the required size of opening of the space in consideration. Apart from from its aesthetics, this facade also acts as a structural bracing which helps in usage of large spans and also in decreasing the number and size of columns within the building.


THE URBAN PLAZA Although located in between the river and the built forms, the urban plaza can be indepentdently accessed. The plaza plays the vital role of a space which is meant for people to interact socially or just to relax and enjoy the view of the river.The success of such a space is highly dependent on the amount of activity happening in the given area and requires a stimulus on site to attract people. Multifarious shops are introduced in the plaza act as the ‘stimulus’ which would also be helpful in generating employment in the area and revenue for the government. An artificial water body is introduced in the centre which bound by the three buildings which serves as a major interaction space. A promenade is designed along the river with an urban complex for the general public as well as for the people visiting to attend conventions, exhibitions, etc. The OPEN AIR THEATRE in the plaza caters to the need of outdoor events.


URBAN LABYRINTH | THESIS


edifying circuits

ARCH STUDIO 2009

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER THE SITE Placed beautifully between a perfect urban cum natural setting, the given triangular site is 20 acres in area and lies in one of the most prime locations of Chennai, India.

URBAN SETTING NATURAL SETTING

SITE

URBAN SETTING


SITE ANALYSIS AND ZONING The site is planned in a modular pattern. This module acts as a unifying factor in the widespread site. Each module is designed to accommodate spaces belonging to similar set of requirements hence forming corresponding blocks. The position and orientation of each module is determined by its programatic usage and the micro-climate of the site.

MORPHOLOGY VISTAS

VEGETATION

ZONING

The intertwining threads of a spun-wool metaphorically represent the mixing and bonding of diverse cultures, coming together to learn and showcase their talent on one platform.


URBAN FRONT

DANCE BLOCK

N

DRAMA BLOCK

MUSIC BLOCK NATURAL FRONT

ADMIN BLOCK OPEN-AIR THEATER

PARKING

Entrance to the site

BOYS’ HOSTEL URBAN FRONT

reflective glass roofing to

GIRLS’ HOSTEL

+2400mm

mini open-air theater

SITE PLAN

direct access to all levels

TYPICAL SECTION


MODULE DESIGN

EDIFYING CIRCUITS | ARCH STUDIO

The circular block module is split into three levels. Each level has a set of classrooms/rooms(in case of hostel) and restrooms. Every level has access to every other floor. To maximise the number of interaction spaces, all levels are provided with a landscaped court with stepped seating, in front of the classrooms.

Entrance to the module

Interaction space outside classrooms

FIRST FLOOR PLAN

Aerial view

SECOND FLOOR PLAN

reduce heat gain

+3600mm

+/- 0m

N THROUGH A MODULE

+1200mm

THRID FLOOR PLAN


Shruti Rajagopalan shruti.r88@gmail.com +1-734-578-4358

Shruti Rajagopalan | Urban Design + Architecture Portfolio 2015  
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