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Kaustuv DeBiswas |
CoFounder
is a TED Fellow (2011), a PhD candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the managing partner at dplay. He brings core understanding of the design technology space and vision of the future grounds for development in the same. Leveraging his expertise in technology, Kaustuv has previously been a consultant/advisor to several international architectural practices like morphosis, Norman Fosters and dECOi integrating state of the art computation in their work flow. He has worked closely with the Smartgeometry group for several years introducing parametric technologies to professionals from all around the world. Previously he has been a research associate at Bentley Systems, where he was instrumental in integrating environmental performance analysis features with Generative Components, a leading parametric design tool. His collaborative work with MVRDV on a democratic urban planning platform radicalizes the politic and process of design and has been exhibited in Rotterdam (2007) and Venice (2008) Biennale. His belief in the importance of community has led him to create successful idea sharing forums at MIT, and mentor thesis students at MIT, Stanford University, and Jadavpur University (India).
Nitin Rao |
CoFounder
is a TED Fellow (2009), an MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Fellow of Sandbox, an international network of under 30 achievers. Nitin brings firsthand startup experience in India across sectors: building spinouts at SKS Microfinance including a chain of 16 rural schools, founding E4SI which sourced top talent for 40+ projects at 13 early stage startups, founding Let Me Know which shared 3500+ opportunities with students in 150 Indian cities, founding Surathkal Innovation Challenge which spun out two tech companies, and helping build People 1st Consulting which trained 3000+ executives from 80 companies. Nitin also served as the first external Staff Writer for NextBillion.net analyzing businesses in the $1T+ "base of the pyramid" market. He serves as an advisor to social enterprises: Milaap (at IIMB; increasing access to basic services in rural India), Bharat Calling (increasing college application and acceptance rates in low literacy districts), and Mental Health India.
Somnath Ray |
CoFounder | Design Director
is a graduate from Columbia University, New York and the Design Computation Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (MIT) + Media lab. As the design director of dplay, Ray guides and orchestrates the design explorations between the several collaborators/players. His areas of interest and inquiry involve the production of cultural artifacts from an inventive condition, which he profoundly believes is to be inevitably located outside of the entire human epistemological experience and instead in an emerging wave of artificial and alternative intelligences. Ray's creative work and research into emergent and autonomous systems entails a paradigmatic meld between philosophy, art and technology. Previously , Ray has worked with the Michael Sorkin studio in New York, the Frederick Schwartz group in New York and the Mobile Experience Lab at MIT in Cambridge. Ray has also worked closely with The Smart Cities group, at the Media Lab directed by the late Prof. WIlliam Mitchell on the City Car project and with Charles Correa towards the re-envisioning a future of Urban Mobility in Bangalore, India. Winner of the 2007 international skyscraper design competition, Ray has also been a member of several design reviews and juries at the Columbia University and at the Pratt institute in New York. Ray's works have been published and exhibited in NewYork, Boston and NewDelhi.
Rajat Sodhi |
Design Associate
is a graduate from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London where he studied Parametric Urbanism at the AA Design Research Lab and the AA Diploma. At the AA he participated in the design and construction of the [C] Space DRL10 Pavilion and has exhibited his work at the AA and node.london. He has taught workshops and reviewed juries at the AA and University of Westminster. As an Advanced Computational Geometry designer, he worked with Foster+Partners in London and Herzog & de Meuron in Germany and collaborated with The OR Project, biothing and IJP Corporation.
Prabhat Mahapatra |
Senior Designer
is a graduate from the Industrial Design Center at IIT Bombay with specialisation in Product Design. He has been involved in the design development of over 40 products in different markets, ranging from chilli holders for the Indian dining table to electric scooters for the Indian youth. At dplay Prabhat brings his expertise in fabrication and manufacturing.
Trushit Vyas |
Senior Designer
is a graduate from Pratt Institute, New York with a Master of Science in Architecture. At dplay, Trushit will extend his core expertise in design development and play a significant role in overseeing projects at the conceptual /execution phase. He is the author of the book, 'Hybrid Modernity of Adaptive Bodies, Confrontation of Hybrid Programs in Financial District, NYC'. His philosophy and inspiration of design is a speculative debate and experimental architectural production at the intersection of computation research, digital design and technological innovations. He hopes to extend the dplay agenda of experimentation and play in design through an inquiry of concepts, forms, models, methodologies at the digital front.

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URBAN 42 Concept sketches
Project KEROUAK
Project KEROUAK
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Project KEROUAK
ParaCity - ray
Out on the edge
Out on the edge
A video excerpt from an interactive art installation in Chennai. A swarm responds to the human movement around the installation using sensor devices and embedded logic.
A video excerpt from an interactive art installation in Chennai. A swarm responds to the human movement around the installation using sensor devices and embedded logic.
A video excerpt from an interactive art installation for Hyatt Chennai. A swarm responds to the human movement around the installation using sensor devices and embedded logic.
Interactive swarm algorithm implemented in JAVA/Processing which reacts to proximity sensors. It is part of an installation project located in a hotel atrium in chennai.
"Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you cant see from the center."
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Dreams from the global brain
ParaCity - 2007 Skyscraper design competition winner
ParaCity - 2007 Skyscraper design competition winner
The skyscraper as a ‘modernist’ invention was a logical conclusion to the desires of a paleo-capitalist society, as an urban landmass approached its critical mass of wealth and density of habitation. Imagined as a sign of cultural power and ownership, the skyscraper was typified in its ‘classical heroism’ from its logically consequent tabula rasa condition. As a formulation for a utopian blank slate on which a new building is conceived, free of compromise or complication after the demolition of what previously stood on the site. Any speculation to the order of formulating a ‘new’ condition of the ‘skyscraper’ must encounter this semantic intent and deviate from its historical tabula rasa tendencies.
The skyscraper as a ‘modernist’ invention was a logical conclusion to the desires of a paleo-capitalist society, as an urban landmass approached its critical mass of wealth and density of habitation. Imagined as a sign of cultural power and ownership, the skyscraper was typified in its ‘classical heroism’ from its logically consequent tabula rasa condition. As a formulation for a utopian blank slate on which a new building is conceived, free of compromise or complication after the demolition of what previously stood on the site. Any speculation to the order of formulating a ‘new’ condition of the ‘skyscraper’ must encounter this semantic intent and deviate from its historical tabula rasa tendencies.
“The technological universe is impervious to the here and the there. Rather, the natural place for its operations is the entire human environment – a pure topological field. Thus in the re-organization of the city it is the entire three-dimensional space that must become available.” Manfredo Tafuri, Architecture and Utopia
Automatic Story Generation
Automatic Story Generation
Aplam Puncho are computational avatars exploring an abstract world, writing stories in realtime..Project Page
A sample story in aplam-english.
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Exploring Soft
Exploring Soft
Exploring computational methods to play with and articulate flexible programs/spaces. Link to the JAVA Applet.
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Exploring computational methods to play with and articulate 'soft' programs/spaces. Click for a video clip.
GC-Ecotect Link
GC-Ecotect Link
Software extension to Bentley System's parametric modeling tool - Generative Components. It allows users to get real-time feedback on daylighting / incident solar radiation analysis from Ecotect. It is an open-source project on google code with several leading architectural firms implementing it.
Real-time performance analysis of free-form geometry in a parametric modeling environment.
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Generative Components-Ecotect Link.
Teaching with Daniel Rosenberg at MIT
Teaching with Daniel Rosenberg at MIT
The objective of the seminar was to generate a discussion around computation literature from different domains - from Psychology to AI, from Art to Science, from Philosophy to Cybernetics. As a method, we discussed several classics and enquired the proposed epistemic models in terms of the philosophy, language, process and form - eventually seeking to find connections and linkages between them. Reading List
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Teaching at MIT
Chemical Morphogenesis with Alex Tsamis
Chemical Morphogenesis with Alex Tsamis
"A system of chemical substances, called morphogens, reacting together and diffusing through a tissue, is adequate to account for the main phenomena of morphogenesis. Such a system, although it may be originally quite homogeneous, may later develop a pattern or structure due to an instability of the homogeneous equilibrium, which is triggered off by random disturbances." - Alan Turing, 1952
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Voxel based computations
Dreams from the global brain
Dreams from the global brain
It is proposed that within a process mediated by multiple agents following indeterminate rules, ‘emergence’ as the many possible combinations or interactions of the multiplicities could be equated to a type of ‘newness’.
It is proposed that within a process mediated by multiple agents following indeterminate rules, ‘emergence’ as the many possible combinations or interactions of the multiplicities could be equated to a type of ‘newness’.
nomadic excursions into a suprematist field
The dialectics of endless space - ray
Mobility on Demand // MIT Media Lab
Mobility on Demand // MIT Media Lab
MIT Media lab project to understand the effect of dynamic pricing (renting a vehicle) strategies on mobility patterns in dense urban cities like Singapore.
A multi-agent simulation built on C#/OpenGL platform, targeted towards understanding urban traffic patterns under dynamic pricing strategies for rented-vehicles.
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Urban Mobility Simulation.
SuperGREEN
SuperGREEN
Strategically, SuperGreen is a quasi-infrastructural intervention, imagined as a programmatically neutral device.The SuperGreen Device is established as a continuous strip of Green pathways and parks as public spaces over and along the entire length (124 kms) of the Delhi Metro Elevated Rail. It connects as an alternative datum of sustainable mobility connecting all the important commercial and residential destinations over and along the Metro Line.
Strategically, SuperGreen is a quasi-infrastructural intervention, imagined as a programmatically neutral device.The SuperGreen Device is established as a continuous strip of Green pathways and parks as public spaces over and along the entire length (124 kms) of the Delhi Metro Elevated Rail. It connects as an alternative datum of sustainable mobility connecting all the important commercial and residential destinations over and along the Metro Line.
Strategically, SuperGreen is a quasi-infrastructural intervention, imagined as a programmatically neutral device.The SuperGreen Device is established as a continuous strip of Green pathways and parks as public spaces over and along the entire length (124 kms) of the Delhi Metro Elevated Rail. It connects as an alternative datum of sustainable mobility connecting all the important commercial and residential destinations over and along the Metro Line.
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SuperGREEN - Concept proposal
It is proposed that within a process mediated by multiple agents following indeterminate rules, ‘emergence’ as the many possible combinations or interactions of the multiplicities could be equated to a type of ‘newness’. In a Linguistic model such an emergence can be observed in the construction of a narrative from distinct fragments of unrelated semantic content from multiple sources. Meaning is not clearly implied but heuristically extracted and rendered within a certain predication of our existence. - ray
The George Problem
The George Problem
A LISP machine that observes a sketch-like drawing and by reasoning generates a set of visual concepts from it spontaneously. It is argued that the knowledge base used for reasoning is schematic and not structural. This project is a failed attempt to capture George Stiny's criticism on current computational representation systems - 'descriptions fix things'.
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Computational Model of Visual Interpretation.
Lead role in developing computational infrastructures for non-standard form-finding for a carbon-fiber penthouse near Tate Modern, London.
Synthesis of High-Performance Architectural Syntax
Synthesis of High-Performance Architectural Syntax
An experimental bio-climatic residence in Kolkata,India which reduces the carbon footprint drastically by integrating advanced computational algorithms in the form-finding process.
An experimental bio-climatic residence in Kolkata,India which reduces the carbon footprint drastically by integrating advanced computational algorithms in the form-finding process.
An experimental bio-climatic residence in Kolkata,India which reduces the carbon footprint drastically by integrating advanced computational algorithms in the form-finding process.
The project explores an 'integrative' approach towards problem solving in design - Decomposing a problem into several pieces, solving them independently and then trying to put things together at the end has axiomatic deficiencies. This was an attempt to consider multiple performative objectives (heat/light/wind) in a synchronous computational architecture.
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Generation of High-Performance Architectural Syntax using Stochastic Optimization. 2003
K L A A T U
K L A A T U
This Autonomous Walker was designed and assembled in a manner such that the mechanical joints and movement were embedded within the rapid prototyped print, requiring only the minimal integration of electronics.
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This Autonomous Walker was designed and assembled in a manner such that the mechanical joints and movement were embedded within the rapid prototyped print, requiring only the minimal integration of electronics.
Butterfly Cloud
Butterfly Cloud
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Butterfly Cloud
Scripted disturbances - ray
Bankside Paramorph
Bankside Paramorph
A non-standard carbon-fiber penthouse in London near Tate Modern which radicalizes design process and fabrication by integrative state of the art computational techniques.
A non-standard carbon-fiber penthouse in London near Tate Modern which radicalizes design process and fabrication by integrative state of the art computational techniques.
A non-standard carbon-fiber penthouse in London near Tate Modern. Radicalizes design process and fabrication logics by integrating state of the art computational techniques.
Integration of environmental, structural and architectural parameters in a seamless, synchronized and parallel software architecture. The project radicalizes process-form-material logics with significant gains in corresponding efficiencies.
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Non-standard form-finding for a carbon-fiber penthouse near Tate Modern, London.
Electrickshaw
Electrickshaw
The Electrickshaw is a cheaper, lightweight, and zero tailpipe-emission electric vehicle. It is a replacement for the unsustainable and polluting yet increasingly useful and predominant mode of Para Transit mobility in Indian metropolitan cities such as the CNG three-wheeled scooter autorickshaw.
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Electric Autorickshaw
The Minolta 3D laser scanner acquires range-data using Optical triangulation. Because of this fuzzy range -finding it generates a point-cloud that is less specific, largely vague ; bordering a visual poetic. This messiness is Inspiring. - ray
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Lead role in developing computational infrastructures for non-standard form-finding for a carbon-fiber penthouse near Tate Modern, London.
SpiroGyra
SpiroGyra
This project is a polemical exposition of a stylistic and procedural analogue between certain techniques of brush painting and the following scripted morphologies.
This project is a polemical exposition of a stylistic and procedural analogue between certain techniques of brush painting and the following scripted morphologies.
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scripted Morphology with Kostas Terzidis
Mindtrace - Vocabulary generation in a drawing space
Mindtrace - Vocabulary generation in a drawing space
Inspired by the constructivists, we (Daniel Rosenberg and I) set out on a research program to investigate design as a pre-representational (pre-symbolic) process. Unlike contemporary frameworks which are heavily dependent of preset and fixed languages, - Mindtrace allows the user to generate his/her own language through the act of drawing. We are excited by our progress and soon to publish our work!
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Voxel+Physics=Form
Rule based formal explorations
Project URBAN 42
Project URBAN 42
This Project was conceived to Investigate the maximum carrying capacity of a minimum footprint vehicle.
This Project was conceived to Investigate the maximum carrying capacity of a minimum footprint vehicle.
This Project was conceived to Investigate the maximum carrying capacity of a minimum footprint vehicle.
SLIDER concept
Spacefighters. A democratic urban design platform.
Spacefighters. A democratic urban design platform.
An interactive simulation of urban space planning - that investigates the possibility of collapsing existing power structures making allowance for a democratic, conversational planning model.
It was more than an interactive urban design game. It was about the conversational planning model that released the need for a god-like being (think LeCorbusier/Chandigarh) to ascertain the form/diagram of the city...
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An interactive simulation of urban space planning.
How Aplam always found his way around MIT :)
How Aplam always found his way around MIT :)
Topological map making via random explorations in a 3d block world. A cognitive science conjecture on how our mascot (read pet) finds his way through MIT :)
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INVENTION, FORM & A NEW ARCHITECTURAL PROSTHETIC
INVENTION, FORM & A NEW ARCHITECTURAL PROSTHETIC
Such a system performs as prosthesis by implicating itself in the continuum between the cerebral and the corporeal of the architectural subject. And as a transformative device in the co-evolution of itself and the architectural subject in a continuous, simultaneous and mutually determining manner.
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Like a river, this system is a physical, autonomous and an objective phenomenon in terms of its own organizational and reactive intelligence. It then requires the subject’s corporeal and cerebral intervention for its eventual reactivity and transformation. Inscribed within’ Bergsonian-Deleuzean’ ontology of Indeterminate Form, this physical system (Based on Non-deterministic, Aperiodic geometry) will manifest an Objective computational autonomy of ‘choice’ (digital-robotic) in terms of its geometric organizational tendencies of indeterminate and infinite growth.
HABITAT Xn
HABITAT Xn
The habitat thus imagined is an individual cell informed by the logics of a spatial and tectonic strategy formulated for an urban colony of habitats. (refer project Para City)
The habitat thus imagined is an individual cell informed by the logics of a spatial and tectonic strategy formulated for an urban colony of habitats. (refer project Para City)
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Moebeic Interiorities
Habitat Xn
Habitat Xn
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Habitat Xn - STL print
TETRIS tower
TETRIS tower
A 30 storey residential tower in Pune. The project derives its formal configuration from a tetris-like stacking methodology of five modules around a service core.
The project explores modularity as the key design driver and celebrates the indeterminate/accidental moments of a spatial tetris stack.
A 30 storey residential tower in Pune. The project derives its formal configuration from a tetris-like stacking methodology of five modules around a service core.
Modular residential tower in Pune
Exploring non-topological spaces - debiswas
scripted disturbances - ray
Project KEROUAK
Project KEROUAK
Dynamic Variable Wheelbase Electric Sports car
Teaching Design Computation at The Ohio State
Teaching Design Computation at The Ohio State
Computation course in The Ohio State Univ with the aim of introducing designers computational techniques in design exploration.
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Knowlton School of Architecture, OSU (2009)
Scripted disturbances - ray
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Habitat Xn
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Parametric Screen - ray
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Mapping a text stream into 3 dimensional space
HOUSE 3 of 6 - published AD 2009
HOUSE 3 of 6 - published AD 2009
Of the six houses commissioned in COORG, the third realizes an opportunity to demonstrate to some degree a translation of abstract explorations in ‘digital geometry engines’ to the corporeality of ‘building’ and ‘dwelling’
Of the six houses commissioned in COORG, the third realizes an opportunity to demonstrate to some degree a translation of abstract explorations in ‘digital geometry engines’ to the corporeality of ‘building’ and ‘dwelling’
Of the six houses commissioned in COORG, the third realizes an opportunity to demonstrate to some degree a translation of abstract explorations in ‘digital geometry engines’ to the corporeality of ‘building’ and ‘dwelling’
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HOUSE 3 of 6
Habitat Xn - ray
Form-Force-Field
Form-Force-Field
Geometry reveals the non-homogeneous / differentiated forcefield.
Form-Force-Field
sound bytes as a perturbation - debiswas
Springy Dragon - Behaviors in Drawing Space
Springy Dragon - Behaviors in Drawing Space
Along with Seah Li and Mikey Fujihara, we developed a system where multiple contexts (eg. sun, wind or other abstractions) can be simultaneously activated in a drawing space, along with logic-embedded-components which respond to target contexts. We are waiting to rework this out into a design tool.
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Behavior-stacked Components with Seah Li and Mikey Fujihara
Springy Thingy
Springy Thingy
A physics enabled computational environment which allows a designer to sculpt forms in three dimensional space using simple gestures.
The project explores physical gestures as a form finding technique. The first iteration was situated in a design for a house for a ballet dancer, with the criteria of embodying movement.
A physics enabled computational environment which allows a designer to sculpt forms in three dimensional space using simple gestures.
The Springy Thingy project introduced time and force into a 3d sketching environment, allowing a designer to intuitively sketch in 3d to create elaborate networks of spring-connected particles.
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Springy Thingy: Drawing with Forces with Jimmy Shen.
MnemoSyne : the ruin of our time - ray
SNAP-FIT construction Kit for Penrose tiling geometry -ray
MnemoSyne : The ruin of our time
MnemoSyne : The ruin of our time
Towers are ontological artifacts ; the last outposts on earth along a human gaze. The apex, whence the gaze leaps onto infinity ; a point of departure into the void. One may speak of them as thresholds between the known the unknown; Mortal artifacts juxtaposed against infinity, as scattered conduits of our link to the sublime.
Towers are ontological artifacts ; the last outposts on earth along a human gaze. The apex, whence the gaze leaps onto infinity ; a point of departure into the void. One may speak of them as thresholds between the known the unknown; Mortal artifacts juxtaposed against infinity, as scattered conduits of our link to the sublime.
As Shklovsky suggests, if art is a device that problematizes perception by estranging objects and complicating form in order to make it more intelligible then …………….as a device of estrangement, the ‘tower’ as ‘library’ is an ironic inversion of this mytho-historic archetype
Parametric Lacing
Parametric Lacing
Parametric exploration for the atrium space for mOrphosis' Cooper Union Building in New York.