• Jitendra SAWANT, “Gurgaon NOW.”

    Jitendra SAWANT, "Gurgaon NOW."
    frankfurt GERMANY

    Staedelschule Architecture Class
    critic: Peter TRUMMER.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Jitendra SAWANT: In the past few decades, Gurgaon, a city 32km outside New Delhi, has risen from a former agricultural wasteland into the millennium city.

    250 of the top fortune global 500 companies have their offices in Gurgaon. It considered as the IT and call center capital of India and almost perhaps of the world. . . . It is one of the fastest growing cities of India. . . .

    A city which is almost entirely built by private Industry. But when you at the city closely it’s a city which is a direct result of the hyper capitalist consumerist economy. It has a private metro line, fire bridged, energy system and even security forces.

    As much as this has facilitated the growth of the city it has resulted into some strange happenings in the city.

    According to the Belgian philosopher, Lieven de Cauter, we experience our civilization only in capsular states. Based on this hypothesis, Gurgaon NOW asks what consequences such encapsulation – what Peter Sloterdijk identifies as spheres or foam formation, could have on our urban condition. The question is pursued through the architectural program of a city of call centers – that is, could serve as a model and organizational prototype for a city and the constant expansion of urbanization? The design tasks contextualizes the Gurgaon as a prototype relative to the existing growing cities in developing countries. The result of the design process is a strange city building whose formal principle derives from the misfit between other, different buildings and whose form is at once familiar and strange.

    The project is made from merger of the existing 64 commercial building in cyber city part of Gurgaon. It has a volume of a one million cubic meters. And would be housing 35000-45000 people at large.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    JS: Peter Trummer and David Ruy.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    JS: Reading Michael Sorkin, Variations on a Theme Park: The New American City and the End of Public Space and Lieven De Cauter, The Capsular Civilisation: On the City in the Age of Fear. Listening to: Massive Attack; Daddy G; Indian and Pakistani Sufi-Rock bands; Ricardo Villalobos; Solomun; and Above and Beyond.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    JS: Gensler; SOM; DP Architects; OMA; MOS architects; and Liam Young.

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