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ArchiLogics Guest Lecture by Ar. Sourabh Gupta

Date and TimeMonday, 29th July 2020 at 13:30 – 14:30
Faculty AttendeesProf. Smita Dalvi, Prof. Kavita Pradhan, Prof. Shubhangi Bhide, Prof. Sarojini Lohot, Prof. Jinu Kurien
ModeratorNeha Korde
Student Attendees80 +

As a part of AD Studio 5 for Third academic year – Sem 5, we invited Architect Sourabh Gupta – Founder & Principal Architect at ARCHOHM, Noida – UP as our third guest under ArchiLogics Lecture series – an initiative by PiCA 2020-21.

About Architect Sourabh Gupta:
Sourabh Gupta graduated in architecture, from the School of Architecture, CEPT University at Ahmedabad in India. With the insight provided there by the best in the realm of architecture, coupled with a stint in urban design from the architecture school at TU delft, the Netherlands and most importantly, propelled by a compulsive need to travel, explore and design, Sourabh initiated studio archohm.

Having won and executed a series of design competitions and commissions, archohm has grown in leaps and bounds in the last decade and a half. Today, its portfolio has a stimulating mix of typologies, scales and sectors of architectural works, infrastructure, furniture and product design, design research and system design. Having transcribed a full circle with its own design education and publication extension, it strives to be a one-stop-shop for almost everything in the world of design.

The studio’s inter-disciplinary nature attracts an eclectic mix of people from backgrounds in architecture, urban design, product design, graphic and academia to induce a novel and unconventional character and a perspective to design. Believing in living ‘life through design’, Sourabh enjoys badminton, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and an occasional Hoegaarden. An avid reader and a discerning ‘wanderer’, he is on a perpetual design expedition.

The Q&A session followed a set of comments and queries from students as well as faculties. The session was really helpful and interactive with the extreme enthusiasm from the guest speaker as well as student.

  • The design of Dilli Haat throws light on the culture of Delhi. How can one incorporate the cultural influences of the region in the design whilst keeping it on par with the urban context? Each space in the project has different form rather having a same form throughout the site. Was it due to music theme of the centre?
  • Were the stalls designed with respect to the ingredients or item it sold?
  • Any design concept that can be adapt or change in the project now depending upon today’s situation?
  • While designing how did you arrive at form of the structure and roof of the market?
  • The site was originally a leftover open space. Why did you select this particular site and how did you go about the design process?
  • Markets are particularly lively spaces in the city. What role do you think the urban nature, paper routes, vegetable deliveries, and other food deliveries have on the city which can be considered while designing the market space?
  • The term ‘urban’ is often misinterpreted when it comes to the use of materials, how did you blend the idea of having traditional/local material and sewing it into an urban fabric?
  • The whole scenario has changed ever since the pandemic. What would you do as an architect of one of the most crowded markets in India to make your design more efficient in the post pandemic era?
  • In the current state of architecture in India, how do you open new windows for your design practice?
  • Do you feel and see consciously any resemblance to the concept of critical regionalism in your design?
  • What were your initial ideas behind The Design Village project? How does it seek to be different from the existing institutes of design?
  • Elaborate about your passion for travelling. Do you follow any certain itinerary, regardless of the destination? And does travelling subconsciously help in your designs?
  • On a planning level, which factors take a precedence in shaping a city’s character?
  • About the central vista project – What do you think about the impact of politics on the central vista? How will it change the fabric which was laid by Lutyens?
  • What do you see the Central vista project as an Urban Designer first and then an architect’s point of view?