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sourav kumar biswas sbiswas@gsd.harvard.edu +1 857 389 1615 36 Oxford Street Conant Hall # 417 Cambridge, MA 02138


Personal

Red Swing Project

Independent| Spring 2007 Onwards | Collaborator: Andrew Danziger

Academic

2013 - 2015 HARVARD UNIVERSITY Topographies of Risk

Fall 2013 | Co-ordinator: Pierre Belanger, Professor: Luis Callejas

2005-2010 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS Austin Contemporary

Fall 2008 | Professor: Elizabeth Alford

Smart Car Experience

Spring 2009| Professor: Michael Garrison

Professional

2009-2010 SERIE ARCHITECTS Meswani House | | Verma Office | Hinjewadi Township Serie Architects | 2009 | Supervisor: Kapil Gupta, Santosh Thorat

KOLKATA 1986-1992

KUWAIT

Corgan Associates Inc. | 2010-2011 | Supervisor: Mark Lobel

1992-2005

AUSTIN

2005-2010

2010-2012 CORGAN ASSOCIATES DFW Terminal A,B Redevelopment

AUROVILLE 2007 | 2008

2012-2013 DIG ARCHITECTS Spiretec Mixed-Use | The Cloud

DIG Architects | 2012-2013 | Collaborator: Advait Potnis

DALLAS

2010-2012

BLACK ROCK CITY 2010

BOSTON 2013

MUMBAI

2009 | 2012

Cover image and background image are stills from my inter-media film project - ‘Ornaments’

Watch the movie: vimeo.com/10732250


Saturday morning in City Park, I’ve chosen a spot under the oaks to remove myself from the daily submerged grind of the city. Stumbling across a destroyed public restroom in an overgrown and forgotten golf course, something catches my eye. It’s a swing! Positioned perfectly in the middle of an archway which leads to a pile of rubble, #018 surely must have been sent from above. I take out my Chinese dictionary and begin to re-learn the words and experiences of a life put on hold due to the destruction of this beloved place. The swing takes me far far away from New Orleans and back to memories shrouded in mist and dreams waiting to be re-discovered. Hours pass and I leave this swing, promising to return to this spot, how happy it has made me. Thank you.

- Comment posted anonymously at redswingproject,org [Co-founded with Andrew Danziger]

- Published on Fast Company, Chron, Indian Express, Business Standard - Selected to be part of the U.S. Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2012: ‘Spontaneous Interventions | Design Actions for the Common Good’ - Participant of art festival Encounters 2013: ‘Power Play’ in Mumbai - Runners-up at ‘Design Build Challenge’ in New Orleans

www.redswingproject.org

Started as an exercise for playful urban interventions in Austin, the Red Swing Project grew to become a dedicated project to celebrate spontaneity in cities around the world. Through our own efforts and the help of friends from near and far, more than 200 swings were hung in 7 countries including India, Brazil and Italy


topographies of risk

Graduate School of Design, Core III Landscape Studio Fall 2013 | Co-ordinator: Pierre Belanger, Professor: Luis Callejas

The regional landscape planning studio explored the future of the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) in Cape Cod. Sited atop a sole source aquifer, a series of soil and groundwater remediation operations is systematically implemented to create a network of clearings and corridors. The surveillance logistics of the military inform a taxonomy of landforms that generate hydrological patterns to influence vegetal growth. Landscape is conceptualized as a warning system, and vegetation as topography. A civic-military effort in reforestation and landforming lays the framework for the Cape Cod State Forest, where topography and vegetation helps negotiate the presence of multiple programs with varying compatibilities. Team: Xingun Gu, Mckenna Mcketty

Landscape agents: Platanus x acerfolia seeds + Wind


Cape Cod is vulnerable to hurricane landfalls, coastal erosion, while the aquifer systems are threatened by contaminants from military testing, saltwater intrusion, and nitrogen loading.


A history of weapons testing in the Central Impact Area mandates a surveillance operation for detecting UXOs and an excavation /landforming strategy that complements the remediation process


Remediation operations strategically target contaminant plumes of RDX to create a network of clearings that are connected by corridors designed to be recreational trails. In times of hurricane warnings and flood risk, these corridors become conduits for military evacuation operations and the clearings become sites for emergency shelters and disaster response units. CAPE COD EVACUATION INFRASTRUCTURE


INDEXING RISK - A surveillance system to inform topographic and vegetal operations

CAPE COD STATE FOREST

Sites for recreation, research, emergency response training

Risk Response Unit and Coastal Resilience Lab

Otis Airfield


GRID GENERATION + LAND FORMATION

A gradient of risk parameters and forest cover index is laid upon the site with a resolution of 64x64m. A grid of diamonds is generated within a square acre. The directionality and size of diamonds responds to site-specific variables informing the micro-topographic landforms as well as macro-topographic planting operations. The risks and conditioins currently visualized are the following:

Landform + Hydrology + Vegetation

Micro-topographies generate specific hydrological conditions for the proliferation of wind-resistant trees introduced to the site. Landforms influence successional patterns after clearing to re-inforce patch, boundary, or corridor conditions.


The generation grid for landforms in sites for remediation matches the grid system for insertion wells and pumping wells

Post-remediation plnating: The topography encourages the growth of Liquidambar styraciflua in the valleys and platanus x acerfolia along the ridges


CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS

Corridors of Collaboration: The Cape Cod forestation efforts aims to revive the ethic of Civilian Conservation Corps from the New Deal era for a territorial planting effort around the MMR boundary. Arms of forested corridors extend from the Cape Cod State Forest towards the coast, weaving around residences who co-operate in the effort to create a resilient forest ecosystem and a corridor network that serves recreational hikers, evacuation operations and forestry/ coastal research.

Corridors of Resilience

Tall and wind resistant platanusxacerfolia and liquidambar styraciflua line the evacuation corridors and surround patches of the hardwood oak forest


VEGETATION AS TOPOGRAPHY

Milled model explorations of forest corridors as topography for wind circulation, hurricane protection and recreational wanderings (Next page) Laser cut model of how an extended Cape Cod Forest corridor would materialize upon civic-military negotiation


austin contemporary

University of Texas at Austin | Fall 2008 | Professor: Elizabeth Alford In what ways can a building both respect and provoke contemporary artists? The Austin Contemporary is found on the idea of establishing fluid and tactle relationships between the artist and the viewer. The design responds to the challenge of creating a transformative urban infill project that engages the spectator within three distinct environments. The gesture of the building is continuous movement - creating a field for viewers to interact with the art and with each other in unique ways.


LIGHT

EXPLORE

PLAY

INTERACT


smart car experience

University of Texas at Austin | Spring 2009 | Professor: Michael Garrison

The Smart Car Experience extends the experience of Shoal Creek into a landscaped plaza in the heart of an intense downtown development in need for a public park and innovative parking solutions. The design creates layers of activity enriched by the spatial continuity and variety of a contoured landscape. The organization within the building began with a conceptual separation of ‘car-intensive’ and ‘people intensive’ program. The vertical car park emerges from the landscape as a civic amenity as well as a monumental showcase for the Smart Car brand.


Sedum cover Green roof system Aluminium Decking

Diffuse lighting through membrane Steel Beams Perforated acoustic membrane

Spotlights at the ends of girders

Glulam Girders

Silver Quartzite Veneer Stucco walls Sitecast Concrete Oak Wood Flooring


meswani house

Serie Architects | Summer 2009 | Principal: Chris Lee Serie Architect’s first solo exhibit titled ‘Working in Series’ featured projects and ideas that are representative of the firm’s iterative and typology-driven approach to design. The Meswani Residence is an unrealized retreat house that nestles within a heavily contoured site by the Pavna Lake Involvement: Built model with by cutting laser cutter profiles through 3d model with Grasshopper, and assembling pieces. Created axonometric drawing with Rhino, AutoCAD and Illustrator from existing 3d model and CAD plans. Team: Shamir Panchal, Mayank Ojha


[ Model built with Suril Patel ]

Video of the making of the model - vimeo.com/10641731

[ 3D Model with Amit Arya. Render by Bolam Lee ]


Corgan Associates | Fall 2010 - 2011 | Principal: Mark Lobel


spiretec mixed-use

Involvement: Part of a 2-member team for a schematic competition entry. Only drawings made by myself and included. Team: Advait Potnis

DIG Architects | Spring 2012 | Collaborator: Advait Potnis

The competition called for a mixed-use proposal between 6 existing office buildings. Our proposal sprinkled public programs playfully along a central spine and inserted pillars of institutional program that activate the ground level and support the linear buildings above. The green-roof blanket integrates all the masses, opening up in places and allowing programs to pierce through. The proposal maximizes public space by creating a new public ground while the massing of the tower and office blocks are organized to accommodate generous communal/mixing spaces.


Studio apt (49 sq.m) Duplex apt (98 sq.m)

Family Apartment (148 sq.m)

Private terraces Communal gardens

Row house apt (98 sq.m) Double-height Shared mixing chambers

TREFOIL ORGANIZATIONAL MODULE FOR HIGH-RISE

Public park and playgrounds over the green-roof

Instiitutions and retail under the blanket


Tower view from pedestrian bio-street


the cloud

DIG Architects | Fall 2012 | Collaborator: Advait Potnis

An ambitious renovation for a club in Hyderabad created distinct levels of entertainment and access all activated by a parametrically designed ceiling structure inspired by a cloud. Consisting of 14,200 aluminun rods lit up by LED lights, the ceiling creates an animated atmosphere. Project is under construction Involvement: Concept design, design development of ceiling Team: Advait Potnis, Gaganjit Singh, Amit Arya, Neha Momaya

SECTION-01

SECTION-02

THE CLOUD_HYDERABAD


VIEW FROM PRIVATE AREA

[3D Model with Gaganjit Singh, Render by: Mushir Ahmed]

THE CLOUD_HYDERABAD


references

1. DAVID VAN DER LEER, Executive Director, Van Alen Institute dvanderleer@vanalen.org 2. LUIS CALLEJAS, Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Design callejas@gsd.harvard.edu, 3. STEVEN A.MOORE, Director, UT Center for Sustainable Development samoore@mail.utexas.edu 4. SUDHEENDRA KULKARNI, Chairman, Observer Research Foundation sudheendra.kulkarni@orfonline.org 5. AINSLEY LEWIS, Head of Department - B.Arch, KRV Institute of Arch ainsleylewis@gmail.com 6. SANTOSH THORAT, Senior Project Architect, Serie Architects santosh.thorat@gmail.com 7. ELIZABETH ALFORD, Adjunct Faculty, UT School of Architecture ea@pollenarchitecture.com 8. MARK LOBEL, Vice President, Corgan Associates Inc. mark@marklobel.com


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Compilation of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design work at Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Texas at Aust...

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