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all about people 1. Revisiting Graduate School of Design 2. How fast is your city? 3. Fostering green behavior 4. Delhi in 2050? 5. Towards eco-tourism 6. Building new school


In the 18 million city of New Delhi, I graduated as in architect with a thesis on design in extreme geographic conditions specifically high altitude architecture. To develop this project, I worked with a Dutch architect who was practising in Kabul, Afghanistan from last 10 years. Under his guidance, as a young truly motivated designer I set up a platform in my city. To continue pursing my ambitious adventurous design goals, I left for the Himalayas to build a school in an extremely remote village. It took more than 2 week to reach the place including 5 days trek through 5100m high pass. Only means of transport being mules, sun only source of energy, July-Sept only months suitable for construction; this was a life changing experience for me. My new perception towards 'life and design' was the most significant achievement.

image: Shinko La pass, Zanskar Range Himalays, India ; "highest I have ever been"

My journey from Delhi to Boston was inspired by the idea of exploring such design challenges by redefining relationship between products and people. In the GSD environment, it has shaped into a trans-disciplinary experiment of such human interactions using variety of tools. I am super excited about this new direction of my career where a product(computer/mobile) is an integral component of social experience.


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Revisiting Graduate School of Design: Gund Hall problem: the lost significance of the first floor lobby of Gund hall for the students of GSD redefined problem: other than a passage way what else can the space be used for design process: series of experiments for recongfiguring space in order to appreciate its purpose by undoing routine human architecture relationship solution: 100 students 'became' the floor tile of the lobby - a performative design of 'people space' where the users literally become its physical extension

images(left to right): 'architecture that breathes' in Gund first floor lobby; 'transitional space' in Gund hall entrance buffer; 'bodies in dark' in Gund classroom

http://body-obstacles.tumblr.com/


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How fast is your city? problem: in large cities life is becoming faster and hectic which is affecting both mental & physical health redefined problem: how can we measure pace of the cities to help us relate to it and eventually slow down? design process: research on how have psychologists measured pace of life and the ranking of different cities according to their pace; using proto-typing tools like 'processing', experimenting with transposing the speed of a slow city onto a faster one to observe if there is any change. solution: recoding and comparing the pace of city which is determined mainly by how fast people walk to effect people's activities in different locations

images(left to right): interactive installation in which the walking speed of the subject affects the pace of the location whose video is projected; overlapping pace of slow and fast city; quanitifing tool for the pace in cities

http://realtimecities.wikispaces.com/Pacing+Cities....................


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Fostering green behavior problem: how to prevent wasteful energy consumpution in a work-environment? redefined problem: how to induce behavior change to promote efficient energy use? design process: reseach of products that have lead to green behavior; finding was that visualization of energy performance can lead to positive change (e.g.Toyota Prius) solution: open source platform for visualizing energy performance in a work-space; the model allowed the user to select the real-time data input from building management system, visualization semantics and location of display (personal or public devices or systems)

images(left to right): UI of the open source energy performance platform for buildings called CIAO; behavoir change cycle proposed

http://www.scribd.com/doc/83704362/Ciao-Paper-Final


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Delhi in 2050?

problem: what should or could be the future of Delhi? redefined problem: how can citizens of Delhi contribute towards making a long-term sustainable change? design process as a solution: designing a multi phase process for 1.research, 2.public discussion and 3.proposal and public feed-back; research involved compiling and sharing water, sewage, transportation etc. data; events were organized where people from all spheres of life contributed to defining a vision for Delhi; experts from multidisciplinary fields got together to compile the input and formulate four future models which became a public mobile exhibition in the city; DELHI 2050 now is in its second cycle will be exhibited in International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in April 2012

images(left to right): children participating in the DELHI 2050 future models debate; future model proposing flexible future street character; model depicting Delhi as a concentric city model, inner city being a cultural hub

http://www.delhi2050.com/


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Towards eco-tourism problem: developing the village Choti-haldwani as a tourist stop-over place redefined problem: creating local employment opportunities by encouraging eco-toursim design process: recording the various life-style activities, biodiversity and history through several site visits; creating iterations for possible design interventions according to the site potential and limitations; several discussions with the villagers and clients (government tourism dept.) to solidify the approach solution: creating an identity for the village; mapping tangible and intangible heritage of the settlement; circulating the map by organizing promotion events

images(left to right): the village of Choti Haldwani; the mapping of the settlement- front and back graphical composition

http://archforhumanity.blogspot.com


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Building new school problem: to design a primary school in a remote village Kargrak (with no road access or grid electricity supply) redefined problem: How to build using local materials and maximise passive solar energy gain for lighting as well as heating? design process: research of the site conditions; discussion on several iterations of the design model solution: a mud-stone building designed keeping in mind aerodynamic principle; orientation and window details to optimize the solar gain; the building layout according to the open schooling culture; designing flexible use of the space, for instance as community center after school hours

images(left to right): the construction of the 'Kargyak Learning Center'; design details of the structure considering the sun gain and wind directions

http://archforhumanity.blogspot.com


SNEHA KHULLAR 2011-present Harvard Graduate School of Design, Candidate in Masters in Design Studies, Cambridge, MA 2009-2011 arch i, design platfrom Founding menber New Delhi, India


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