Swarnabh Ghosh is a designer and writer who studies infrastructure and its relationship to power, technology, and the environment. His current research focuses on the history of infrastructure planning, provisioning, and management as a locus of technocratic state-formation in early 20th-century India.
Swarnabh received a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture, and a Master of Philosophy with distinction from the University of Cambridge where he studied as a 2016-17 Yale Bass Scholar in Architecture. His M.Phil dissertation brought together methods from political geography, urban theory, and agrarian studies to examine the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor and its techno-managerial underpinnings. His recent writing includes an essay, “Notes on Rurality or the Theoretical Usefulness of the Not-Urban” which proposes rurality as a theoretical lens for the analysis of neoliberal urbanization in the agrarian South, and an article that critically interrogates the ‘post-digital turn’ in architectural representation.
Before coming to Harvard, Swarnabh practiced in New York for several years with the interdisciplinary studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro where he was involved in projects spanning art, architecture, and media. In addition to his work with DS+R, Swarnabh is a co-founder of the international design practice Bil-Kul. He is a licensed architect in India and his writings have appeared in The Avery Review, Pidgin, and Metropolis among other publications.