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Qingqi Project: Dwelling on Wheels

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    Qingqui: Dwelling on Wheels
    Fall 2014 – Semester III
    Architecture Design Studio

    Tutors:
    Dr. Gulzar Haider
    Aarez Ali
    Maliha Hameed
    Habiba Shahid
    Zeeshan Sarwar

    Phase I - Dwelling on Wheels
    Pakistan’s current socio-political and economic conditions, combined with the unreasonable aspirations for an ‘ideal’ home have had a serious negative impact on our urban centers. The city of Lahore has undergone a massive horizontal expansion in the recent past. This expansion caters for only the affluent minority of the population, creating a housing shortage for the vast majority who cannot afford this ‘ideal’. This phenomena has left us with an unorganized mess of sprawling gated communities in the suburbs, an unsustainable number of motorized vehicles and a concrete maze of overhead bridges and underpasses needed to accommodate the need for daily commute. To help students imagine a radically different city, we asked them to design a mobile residence/workspace for a character of their choice. This space is imagined to be derived from the manipulation of a small 6’x4.5’x5’6” compartment which can be fitted on the back of a QINGQI, making it financially sustainable for a relatively large portion of our society. This hard-body compartment was thought of as a dynamic object which could be unfolded to provide enough space for the requisite functions. The project also posed a serious challenge to the students regarding the tectonic and structural integrity of the mobile dwelling.

    Phase II- Transition to Permanence
    The second project for Semester III was to be understood as an expansion to the narrative used within Project I while increasing the scale of the residence. The ground area provided was 576 ft2 which is compatible with the scale of housing for low to middle income groups. Through grouping these areas together in three different configurations, the students were introduced to the challenges of solar orientation, privacy and relationship to the neighbors while understanding the essential qualities of spaces within a dwelling. The Qingqi from Project I was to be considered as an essential plug-in to the dwelling, analogous to a mother kangaroo carrying her child.

    This project was published as "Urban Crisis and Parasitical Expansion: Design Solution by BNU - ‘Dwelling On Wheels’" at the International City Planning and Urban Design Conference (CPUD `16), Istanbul, Turkey. Held on April 8-9, 2016, The CPUD `16 covered topics such as Planning in transformation, Cities in transformation, social changes and planning, and City plans and strategies of the past. Two other research papers by faculty members of Razia Hassan School of Architecture (RHSA) were presented in the conference.

IAP Graduate Award Winning Project by Rabeeyah Arif

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    Sanctuary of Thought: Revealing the Palimpsest - Travelling Back to the Origin
    Rabeeyah Arif
    Final Year Dissertation

    "Sanctuary of Thought: Revealing the Palimpsest - Travelling Back to the Origin". is conceived as an Archaeological museum / place of gathering and intellectual discourse on the site of the neglected ruins of the Royal Kitchens in the Lahore Fort. The project is a manifold architectural intervention that is revitalizing and rehabilitating the historic valuable site. Revealing the hidden fifteen layers of history below the Lahore Fort and providing shelter for the archaeological remains. Opening up and providing greater access and awareness to the temple of Loh, this creating a space for free-thinking and dialogue, a place for intellectual discourse. Whilst enlightening the future generations to a greater realization of identity through a critical look at the cities’ actual buried history.

Film and Architecture: Architecture as a backdrop of Film

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Film and Architecture by Hashim Ashraf

Film and Architecture by Hashim Ashraf

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    Film and Architecture: Architecture as a backdrop of Film
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    Hashim Ashraf

    Honorable mention at the IAP Graduate Award

    Film is a very powerful medium as it creates a sense of space and imagination for the viewer. Although film and architecture are different fields, they share common ground in many ways. Both represent time, light and space and other elements like transition, transformation and composition. A film is basically a series of still shots and those carefully taken still shots can effectively portray architectural spaces. Still shots are real images with visible architectural elements like trusses, surfaces, space and light composed on a flat plane which portray actual spaces, whose plan is very real. This portrayal of composed architectural elements helps the viewer to walk through scenes which are conveyed in a certain sequence narrating a story in the film. It is thus that film can enhance the experience and feeling of a space using architecture.

    This project by Hashim Ashraf, graduate and faculty at RHSA, received an honorable mention for the IAP (Institute of Architects Pakistan) Graduate Award.

Anatomy of Scale

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  • Project Description

    Anatomy of Scale
    Spring 2015 – Semester II
    Architecture Design Studio

    Tutors:
    Dr. Gulzar Haider
    Ahsun Majid
    Maham Zohair
    Omar Suhail
    Salman Tariq Mirza

    Project I - Anatomy of Scale
    The project deals with introducing the ideas of mental orient-ability and scale in architecture. Architects have a developed sensibility towards reading an object and the relation of its scale with respect to the space it occupies. It is essential to be associated to architectural ideas that deal with scale, which can be drawn through ones observation and imagination. It is important to know how to break away from preconceived notions and respond to different challenges through the imaginations of an architect. E.g. an Electron microscope can enlarge an object to a much higher degree of accuracy as it bombards the object with electrons to create an image of the specimen rather than a light microscope. Such understanding of the world around helps us to look for things that reveal themselves when their layers are peeled off or imagined to be something completely different.

    Understanding Anatomy
    The most basic of knowledge, discovery and understanding the “self” begins with the BODY. “Self” has much to do with one’s unique identity regardless of how generically similar one is to all other human bodies. Human Body serves as a frame of both thought and experience and of contemplation and ultimately the recognition of the “self”. It serves as a referential measure for our sensory and physical environment.

Spirit of the City

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Walled City - Spirit of the City

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    Spirit of the City
    Spring 2015 - Vertical Studio HBM
    Architecture Design Studio

    Tutors:
    Haseeb Amjad

    The objectives of this project was to become sensitive towards phenomenological means of reading and communicating the city; using narrative as a guiding tool for understanding the distinct character of the city; and to experiment with architectural means of representation for conveying ones experiences.

    Students worked around the area of the Historical Delhi gate in Old Lahore with the challenge of observing, extrapolating and communicating the distinct character/spirit of the city through didactic, architecturally relevant means. As architects it is important to consider the city as a dense and multifaceted collection of stimuli that need to be understood at a sensory/experiential level.

Finding Form through Gravity

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    Finding Form through Gravity
    Spring 2015 – Semester II
    Architecture Design Studio

    Tutors:
    Dr. Gulzar Haider
    Ahsun Majid
    Maham Zohair
    Omar Suhail
    Salman Tariq Mirza

    The objective of this three-week project was to use gravity as a source of reference and architectural realization; to find the center of gravity of a given object; to strategize in a hanging object, in self-stabilizing and load distribution around a fulcrum; to stabilize the object, using varying weights once the fulcrum has been re-positioned; and, to understand how the change in weight distribution brings about a shift in the center of gravity.

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