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Manit Rastogi: Redefining Architecture in India

CEO Khai Intela
From a small room above a garage to a renowned Indian architecture firm, Sonali and Manit Rastogi have come a long way in their 18-year journey with Morphogenesis. With a team of 100 professionals and...

From a small room above a garage to a renowned Indian architecture firm, Sonali and Manit Rastogi have come a long way in their 18-year journey with Morphogenesis. With a team of 100 professionals and a diverse project portfolio, they have made a significant impact in India and beyond.

Rooted in Culture and Sustainability

Morphogenesis sets itself apart by prioritizing the cultural, climatic, social, and economic conditions of India in their architectural designs. They firmly believe that an architect's duty is to create quality spaces that contribute to the community while using minimal energy and responding to the environment. Their work is a reflection of this philosophy.

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A Sustainable Approach

Sonali and Manit both studied architecture in Delhi before heading to the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Upon returning to India during a time of great change, they embraced the idea of sustainability long before it became a buzzword.

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One of their early projects, the Pearl Academy of Fashion in Jaipur, became a turning point for the firm. The client wanted a building that cost $30 per square foot, without explicitly asking for sustainability. Morphogenesis achieved this goal, creating a space that remained cool even in scorching temperatures of 46 degrees Celsius, without the need for air conditioning.

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Tackling Urban Planning Challenges

Morphogenesis proves that simple, ecological solutions can solve complex urban planning issues. The Uttorayon Township project in Suliguri exemplifies this approach. Despite the constraint of building houses on only 200 square meters of land, they successfully incorporated infrastructure that responded to the movement of water and energy.

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Net Zero: A Bold Vision

With the ongoing project of designing the Infosys Ltd campus in Nagpur, Morphogenesis aims to achieve net-zero energy, water, and waste to landfill for a population of 60,000. They challenge the notion that density is the sole factor in sustainable urban development, emphasizing the importance of designing processes that enable human interaction within cities.

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Transforming Delhi's Nullah Network

Morphogenesis also proposes a transformative plan for Delhi's 350km-long nullah network. Their vision includes an organic water treatment system, green walkways, and cycling tracks. Despite the complexities of collaborating with 82 different planning bodies, they strive to bring everyone to the same collective table, fostering a collaborative approach for a greener future.

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Recognizing the Process

Sonali and Manit Rastogi's achievements have not gone unnoticed. While they have received numerous awards for individual projects, winning the SIA-GETZ Architecture Prize for Emergent Architecture Asia is particularly meaningful. This recognition goes beyond a single building and celebrates their unwavering commitment to a process-driven approach that underpins their entire body of work.

Morphogenesis continues to redefine architecture in India, blending sustainability, culture, and innovation. They inspire architects around the world to create quality spaces that harmoniously coexist with their surroundings and contribute positively to the community. To learn more about their incredible work, visit Morphogenesis.

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