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|CONTENTS | EXPANDING HELICOID.....................................................................1-4 PARAMETRIC LOUVRE SYSTEM.......................................................5-8 ELEVATED ACRE............................................................................9-14 CONFLUENCE..............................................................................15-20 NEW SHORES,NEW EDGES,NEW TOWNS...................................21-26 BHARAT FORGE SCHOOL.............................................................27-28 AASHIANA...................................................................................29-30 AQUINO......................................................................................31-32 THE APTHORP..............................................................................33-34 THE LAUREATE..................................................................................35 36 GRAMERCY PAREK EAST..............................................................36 478-480 CPW..............................................................................37-38

“It is possible that an architectural detail can reveal more than just the resolution of materials. A fragment of a building can provide an entrance into a particular way of thinking. A detail can be seen as a kind of evidence, a piece of evidentially material; building can therefore be the result of building up of the emotional evidence.� - Henry Smith-Miller + Laurie Hawkinson, Between Spaces.

|EXPANDING HELICOID | [ Computation and Animation - Critic: Christopher Whitelaw - Spring 2011 ]

An attempt to provide an alternative to the understanding and the production of digital architectural design and techniquerelated design processes. The design endeavours to reconnect digitality with perception, cognition, emotions along with mainstream trajectories that discuss digital architecture under the paradigm of machinic and robotic fabrication.







An exercise seeking to re-establish the interactive and visually responsive characteristics found in the analog models. An analog model , designed to respond to predefined performance criteria; the final result of which is a set of iterative geometric solutions.




Beginning as a tight cluster, the Expanding Helicoid smoothly expands. As it contracts, it seems to disappear into a shell shape; as it expands, it seems to grow like a living plant. Bound by two spirals, like the DNA double helix it resembles, the helicoid itself is like a living organism, evolving as it expands.


|PARAMETRIC LOUVRE SYSTEM| [ Computation & Animation - Critic: Jose Gonazalez - Summer 2010 ] Introducing an alternative method for engaging the power of computation as a design tool through the transformation of traditional animation tools into computational modelling devices. The computational device is supplanted with a set of tools that are more interactive, visually responsive, and intuitive.



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An analog model including techniques for stimulating material realities, responding to external stimuli, computing geometrical relationships and tracking motion. Developing the model and implementing them to answer to a defined set of performance criteria; the final result of which is a set of iterative designs derived from a single analog model.

A Storyboard of images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing the interactive media sequence responding to external .



|ELEVATED ACRE| [ Design - Critic: William MacDonald - Summer 2010 ] The Museum of the 21st century is situated on the elevated acre and its adjacent surroundings in lower Manhattan. The design process involved an analysis of various formal, spatial, and programmatic qualities on the site and the development of a relational construct between them. The implementation of an operative technique (in this case, coagulation) and an analysis of its process through the medium of voronoi fields and tessellation generated three dimensional forms. These forms could then be parametrically adjusted according to the previously defined site qualities, yielding emergent architectural properties. The newly constructed fields were then incorporated into the site with particular emphasis placed on their relationship to privately-owned public space and their interaction with existing business, infrastructure, and recreation ‘surfaces.’ The operative technique was then utilized to consider sequences of occupiable space as well as different methods of art display.







Originally, these spaces were to be used as quasi-’park/plazas’ primarily used for the exhibition of singular art works. These demarcated ‘psuedo-public’ areas shaped the vertical and horizontal downtown Manhattan area under the guise of zoning issues for the expressed purpose of providing light and air development . To investigate the potential for ‘sectional and volumetric spatial strategy’ that advantageously and culturally revalues the vertical space of the city. To re-visit an re-invent these ‘qualified public open spaces’ now in terms of ‘volume-d space’, three dimensional occupation of these formerly designated plazas. An opportunity to extend the notion of ‘ park and art exhibition’ into new ways in which ‘gradated public/private spaces and private/public museum space’ is conceived.



[ Minimal surface component ] A minimal surface is a surface with a mean curvature of zero. These include, but are not limited to, surfaces of minimum area subject to various constraints, such as a minimal surface of revolution. The minimal surface is a central body in a hexagonal prism with tunnels out to the vertical edges, and those tunnels connected vertically. Ratio of sizes of necks can be varied.

When the possibilities of aggregation of the spatial units as components of space are studied, then a structure for a system is created. These different possibilities are supposed to be put together to generate a whole. But the fact that this whole has to actually be a space requires for a consistency of a system. Aggregation is proposed as a generative method of form, but in order to create a space, the units have to be integrated and not only aggregated. This process of integration requires that the different meaning or use of each individual spatial unit (or component) blends in intentions and use with the rest of them. A family of components has been generated from the original one to integrate the different uses of space and connections that the user requires.

Porosity is one of the qualities that characterize minimal surfaces and this is achieved in the topologies used. This porosity allows for a multiplicity of affiliations in the space generated by the spatial units and also a higher degree of selective visual connections. These qualities are noticed in the system from the spatial unit itself. In this case referred to a component which belongs to the triply periodic minimal surfaces.





|CONFLUENCE| [ Design - Critic: David Ruy - Fall 2010 ]



Overtaking the existing roof gardens of Elevated Acre, this project is working within the isolated blocks of NYC to create another world. Referencing the painterly effects found in surrealism, the project addresses the complicated relationship between landscape, architecture and technology.




Current relationships between architectural design, technology, and the digital landscape leave a confusion between natural and artificial that is completely ignored by the existing English gardens, and this project proposes an alternative – one that asks the question – what if this were different? Tracing the skyline in NYC creates a dual nature, to both look up at and to look down upon. Rooftop perches create moments where visitors can contemplate the rest of the manufactured world around them. From above, the city around can be seen as a complete panorama. But these moments atop these buildings are a part of this panorama, because they can be seen from other buildings.



Hidden from the world below, these gardens exist as a private reserve, concealing a carefully manicured English garden. The landscape that is formed is removed from the everyday working world and helps to frame a distantly beautiful image of the city. Not invited up, you can only become aware of these spaces through a higher power, wherein your distant and untouched knowledge of this space becomes framed. This framing forms a moment where you both know and don’t know the space. This is the same as the way the world beyond the city is the other that forms the natural. The natural becomes an image, a ‘known’ fact that has been claimed through aerial photographs, mapping and technology. The space beyond becomes owned, and something that we can control through our knowledge. With this view, nature becomes thought of as contained, and our surroundings become merely another extension of our body. Our tools and our technology have declared power over the supposed natural, to the point where our relationship to the natural is distorted. At this point it becomes difficult to distinguish between human, land, or technology. The differences start to dissolve, and we begin to see the natural in everything, despite its level of cultivation. But these gardens as they are, these moments, do not acknowledge any of this complicated and entwined relationship. Instead they present themselves as a serene garden retreat from the working world. What if this were different?



|NEW SHORES, NEW EDGES, NEW TOWNS| [ Design - Critic: Jason Vigneri -Bean & Vito Acconci - Spring 2011 ]



5 BOROUGHS + WATER = 6 BOROUGHS The NETWORK linking the five boroughs of NYC with a series of hubs which incorporates a plug in system of an ecopolis for climate refugees.

Like change? Then head down to the coastline, that narrow strip of land that borders the sea along a continent or an island. The nonstop wave action there means ,nothing ever stays the same. The tectonic forces that move giant pieces of Earth’s crust will periodically bump the bedrock and squeeze fresh lava out , adding their own flourish to the coastal redesign. The dance of breaking waves and shifting sands, helping to sculpt an array of land forms for temporary display. This is the evolution of a new speciation. Pursuing its investigation of the relationship between force, form and formation. The notion of “travel” and its “transitional” aspect helps in introducing an infrastructure in the context of the city or territory.




The pace with which world population is on the rise, combining with increasing water level of seas and oceans due to global warming, we sooner or later will have to discover some new places or find new ways to provide accommodation for more people in the days to come. As one dilemma gives way to some new solutions, floating structures have emerged as an innovative method and an different approach that will solve the issue of the increase of lessening land worldwide.

The water inhabitant module is a floating, sculptural structure designed as a futuristic habitat and a efficient living system fashioned to create a functional marine shelter. The water inhabitant module is a SKIN with a growing system with which it attached itself to building and also makes provision for a green apace or a structure for fish live well. The skin of the module responds to the weather. The apertures open and close according to the surrounding climatic conditions.

This project is part of a larger effort that seeks to illustrate, at a global and also at the local level, the impact of climate change can have on communities and the territories or edges of cities. Hence, rather than fighting or stopping climate change, the floating city proposal argues we should build habitats for ourselves that are flexible towards any climate changes that may occur. A wise approach, because after all, change happens. As rising sea levels become more inescapable every day, some designers are planning for the future and creating concepts for how we might ultimately be forced to live. A solution to hold the seas back, and just build higher. The proposal for a new landscape built few meters above the water and also float on water and attached to existing skyscrapers, creating a new ground plane.

This Thesis was an attempt to explore the concept of sea level rise with a different dimension. An insight considering and immense amount of inflow of water and how we survive in that age. It suggests an origin in the idea of the ‘event’, i.e a catastrophe which has taken place. The moment of erosion, collapse, questioning of the arising problem. Setting of a dramatic occasion which has a chance or possibility to take place. A solution to observe and predict what life would be and also the architecture which is molded to live in that environment.


“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.� -Albert Pine.

|BHARAT FORGE SCHOOL, PUNE| [ Arif Noorani Architect ] School designed for AKUTAI KALYANI CHARITABLE TRUST . An international school designed keeping in mind the requirements and tastes of the clients, incorporating vastu shastra and practical design solutions. - Shape of the plot in use is rectangular having all corners at 90 degree. - Entry to the site from the north-east. - Open lobby at grd floor on the north side. - Central open space provided. - Classrooms provided to the west and the south side. - Southwest side corner at 90 degree on all floors. - The profile of the school is such that the roof is the highest on the south-west side and gradually sloping to the north-east side making it the lowest. - Structures on the south are taller thus making the south heavier. - Swimming pool to the east and built above grd level. - Kitchen and services provided in the south-east corner. - North west triangular part of the plot is used for parking. - South side closed.







Aashiana located at Nepeansea road. Rising tall for more than twenty six levels, Aashiana has just sixteen duplex apartments. From a grand double height luxurious duplex apartments, Aashiana is designed to your every wish in plush home living.

[ Arif Noorani Architect - Rohan Lifscapes]

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|AQUINO, MUMBAI| [ Arif Noorani Architect - Rohan Lifescpes]

Aquino located at Prabhadevi, Mumbai is a high end luxury residential building. It offers exquisite 3 BHK apartments with sea views and panoramic views of the city! Rohan Aquino epitomizes luxury and space. The 32 storey high rise residential tower faces the sea and every floor has only 1 apartment to offer breathtaking views with uniformity. The luxurious 3400 sq ft apartments boast of a deck that shall be minimum 7 feet wide and would run across two sides of every apartment. The decks would be about 1000 sq ft offering space and views hitherto unseen in Prabhadevi. Every apartment also has a dedicated servant’s room and the first habitable floor is at the 12th floor. Typical Floor Plan

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Clubhouse Floor Plan

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“There is a spiritual value residing in the particularities of a given joint that the “thingness” of the constructed object, so much so that the generic joint becomes a point of ontological consideration rather than a mere connection.” - Kenneth Frampton.

|THE APTHORP, NEW YORK| [ BP Architects ] The Apthorp is one of New York City’s true landmarks, treasured for its Italian Renaissance Revival architecture. The architectural highlights include its iconic iron entry gates, richly ornamented limestone facade and private courtyard drive. Each of its apartments are uniquely designed, created with craftsmanship. As part of the overall renovation/restoration we designed along with some of the best consultants in NYC the building infrastructure to provide 21st century amenities to a very complex pre-war structure. We re-design over 50% of the existing apartment units to create one-of-a-kind residences, each featuring a marvelous design, layout and dÊcor all-its-own. From the hardware on the doors, to the moldings, hand carved mantels and the lighting fixtures. All units were design to be different from one another. These residences range from 1,100sqf to 6,000 sqft when we combined existing apartments. They were designed as to serve a wide range of users. Most located in a single level with some duplexes and a few maisonettes.





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The Laureate is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The 20-story luxury condominium infuses the essence of pre-war mastery with all contemporary possibilities, ensuring a gracious living environment for generations. The building features classic pre-war massing that consists of a granite and limestone base and an extensive fenestrated panelling system, inset Juliet balconies and a warm colour palette, allowing the building to blend naturally with the existing fabric of the Upper West Side’s most iconic turn-of-the-century buildings. Floor plans expertly capture the tradition of pre-war standards with modern-day improvements maximizing every square inch and optimized for lasting interest, functionality and efficiency.

36 Gramercy Park East holds a unique place among the distinguished buildings that surround New York’s most famous private park. It’s a stunning example of the architecture and history of the Gramercy Park neighborhood. Graced with heraldic influences, gargoyles, and the pointed arches of classic Gothic architecture, 36 Gramercy Park East is a masterpiece wrapped in white terra cotta. Combined with the ‘U’ shape of the structure of the building, the facade emphasizes the elegant heights to which the building rises defining the park’s boundaries and preserving the sense of the park as a peaceful enclave. The residences at 36 Gramercy Park East present a wealth of space characterized by sprawling classic layouts, with restored finishes.



|478-480 CENTRAL PARK WEST, NEW YORK| [ BP Architects ] 478-480 Central Park West, one of the few condominium buildings possessing the coveted Central Park West address. As a prewar conversion, the faรงade features the timeless prewar architecture while the interior has been completely renovated and upgraded with amenities and elegance suited only for Central Park West. Meticulously renovated and restored classic condominium located in New York. Spacious, pre-war apartments facing the park are beautifully renovated to a wonderful, turn of the century , classical, central park west building.







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