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COLLECTIVE FABRIC

Venice Beach, with its traditions of counterculture and bohemian lifestyles, has moved towards gentrification and a culture of individualism.

The project seeks to explore how collective forms of urbanism can mediate this condition. By introducing a dense, sociable and climatically responsive mat typology, the proposal accommodates a diversity of lifestyles: the comforts of the LA house together with collective forms of housing that offer a sense of commons.

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Residential
Los Angeles, California

Fall 2017
Harvard Graduate School of Design





MULTIPLE MOBILITIES

Multiple Mobilities interrogates the relationship between the built environment and gender equity and envisions a public realm that equally supports and reflects community members of all gender identities. While inequities between genders are often cultural and societal, the design disciplines must adopt a gendered perspective to ensure our built environments do not replicate such disparities.
Through planning and designing with a gendered lens, we can realize a public realm in which all genders have access to diverse activities, feel their identities are reflected and celebrated, and can achieve their independent visions of the future.

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Gender-Focused Planning Framework
Mendoza, Argentina

Fall 2018
Harvard Graduate School of Design




INTERROGATING SMART IMAGINARIES IN INDIA

The thesis investigates the phenomenon of smart cities with a particular focus on the ‘100 Smart Cities’ mission in India. The thesis wants to position the smart city paradigm within the historical context of state-led planning initiatives in India and use the proposal of smart city projects to understand emerging patterns of priorities and gaps in urbanization today through the creation of a taxonomical atlas that juxtaposes imagined and constructed spatial projects.

Within the history of urban development in India, the emphasis of urban has been recent. The first landmark commission was created in 1976, 30 years after the country gained independence. The National Commission on Urbanization headed by Charles Correa uniquely studied the spatial aspects of urban policy through cartographical analysis as well as embedded values of holistic and balanced urban development within their efforts.


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Critical Data Visualization & Mapping
India

Spring 2019
Harvard Graduate School of Design




INTERSECTIONAL FUTURES

Sanganur Pallam located in the north-western quadrant of Coimbatore, along with numerous other seasonal streams that drain the Noyyal river basin, comprises the historic infrastructure that characterizes the city and dates back to the Chola empire. Along with critical wetlands, lakes and eight tanks, the landscape of the city’s ecology is shaped by its proximity to the richly forested slopes of the Western Ghats. But unsustainable patterns of development, and the impending threat of climate change have disrupted this delicate balance of these natural systems. The city in general and Koundampalayam in particular, suffer from flooding and groundwater depletion. These interconnected threats have been amplified by urbanisation: streams are polluted and clogged with waste, while migratory birds have lost habitat. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has exposed the social and economic vulnerabilities of the local communities. Against this backdrop, our project leverages Coimbatore’s robust social infrastructure and natural resources to make Koundampalayam a vibrant, equitable and well-connected neighbourhood.

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Framework Vision Plan
Covai, India

Spring 2020
Indepedent Competition








SOCIALIZING INFRASTRUCTURE

The history of Mumbai is closely tied to its waterfront and its relationship with water has determined the destiny and the growth of the city. Founded as a port town for the British, the city has grown in importance through its identity as a trade center through the infrastructural investment between the port and the rail networks.

The city has predominantly grown in a north-south axis pulling itself away from the water and denying its connection to Navi Mumbai. In this sense, the eastern waterfront becomes a critical piece to connect the city in the east-west axis but also stitching it with a north-south directionality. The strategy for the eastern waterfront aims to brings confluence between these directionalities and create a weave which is materialized as a public promenade that spans north-south and is anchored by Sewri Fort in the north and the Gateway of India in the south. In addition to this, the commuter rail and the proposed metro system serve as complementary routes establishing the identity of the Eastern Waterfront as a comprehensive whole. However, due to the length of the Eastern waterfront, it passes through several different neighborhoods and necessitates an understanding of them as transects or districts that relate to its adjacencies in the west. Therefore, there is an opportunity to program a diversified waterfront which can respond to its context at a more local scale in the east-west axis while serving the larger whole of the city through accommodating several functions.


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Design Research
Mumbai, India

Spring 2018
Harvard Graduate School of Design



AUTONOMY AND MOBILITY IN LOS ANGELES

How will the autonomous vehicle transform the spatial street condition and the development patterns in Los Angeles? This short research project draws inspiration from the car culture in LA and speculates on the future of the street condition and changing culture of LA in the age of autonomous vehicles. The project maps out potentials geographies through looking at traffic congestion, parking lots as land banks and highway infrastructure. By taking economies of scale into account, the project zooms into a smaller site in Downtown LA to explore the possibilities of a temporal street life made possible by future technologies.

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Design Research
Los Angeles, California

Fall 2017
Harvard Graduate School of Design





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Narrative Building
Fictional

Fall 2017
Independent Competition




INFLATED SHELLS

This short-term research project aims to uncover the volume and extent of foreign direct investment in the city of New York. New York City has seen exponential growth in its real estate market in the last decade. A close look at the real estate transaction revealed the sourceof these investments to be international actors.
Furthermore, to understand its effects on the built environment, the project reveals that the highest densities as well as the highest peaks of these transactions are in the Midtown District. The typologies of these buildings may vary from mid-century buildings to point towers, but they are all sit within the buzzing urban life of New York as empty shells.

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Critical Mapping
New York, New York

Spring 2018
Harvard Graduate School of Design




CARTOGRAPHIC STEREOSCOPE

Conceiving the city as a composition of daily rhythms and cyclical repetitions in time, this project explores different spans of these cycles – daily and weekly. The rhythms are expressed through the intensity of activity which expressed through the changing resolution of that activity. We use the idea of resolution to understand the grain of animage of the city. This is mapped onto a surface of duration produced through the activities. The materiality and nature of this
surface blurs the distinct pixels of activities into a unified surface – an overlap of intensities and diversity of activities. Through this project, we are reinterpreting variables of time, cycle, duration, and resolution, into new projections in the space of the city. The model is inspired by the idea of stereoscope where the viewer must intimately engage with
the object and can only gain a complete image of the city by viewing both at the same time.

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Critical Mapping
Boston, Massachusetts

Spring 2018
Harvard Graduate School of Design