While spending a semester in India in 2012, I wanted to focus my thesis research on a topic that I was personally attached to.
JJ Colony in Bawana, India, is a resettlement camp of Yamuna Pushta slum located in Delhi.
In 2004, the Government and the municipality of Delhi decided to expel 150000 people that had been living in the slum for decades to a land that was 40km away.
Difficulties to reach work, infrastructure, life style conditions... these are a few examples of struggles that the inhabitants of this slum face everyday.
As an architect and urban planner, I would like to introduce some solutions that could improve their lifestyle by using local material and local construction methods that have been forgotten or not introduce to the inhabitants.
Also it seemed important to protect the river front and organise public programs around it so the inhabitants of this slum would feel that this place is theirs and that no one would take it away from them again.
While studying in Switzerland, I worked on two large scale projects. Both were group projects.
The first one, located in Vernier, Switzerland was about how to reuse the "empty" space in the area near the airport and how to bring work into this space. As a group, we decided to create a co-working space as more and more people work remotely or for small companies / start-ups. The idea also was to create a new landmark in Geneva, a large green space seen as the "Central Park" of Geneva.
The second project was an interdisciplinary project between several schools across the world: Stanford (USA), Monterey (Mexico), Bauhaus (Germany), Marseille (France), Bern and Geneva (Switzerland) and Milan (Italy). Through a semester, we had to work remotely with each other on this project called ELOP. The program was a public swimming pool and ice rink in Bern, Switzerland. We incorporated other programs such as a skate park, day care and restaurant to have the space used 24/7.
I studied my undergrad in Winnipeg, Canada. During my last year of studies, I focused my research on how people can react wihtin a space in different ways due to disabilities. I decided to design a grocery store made for visually impaired people where all their senses guide them to different counters and areas in the store.
Through that year, I also worked on a piece of furniture for a movie set.