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Talk by Ijlal Muzaffar at SVAD

Talk by Ijlal Muzaffar at SVAD

Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) organized a talk by Ijlal Muzaffar, titled “Boundary Games: Settling the Refugee, Claiming the Nation,” on January 31, 2017. Present on the occasion was Dean SVAD, Mr. Rashid Rana along with faculty members and students of SVAD.

The talk focused at two refugee housing projects in Karachi proposed by international architects in the 1950s that sought to create a new image for its client, the military government of Pakistan, as a perpetual custodian of unending change.

Mr. Ijlal Muzaffar is an Assistant Professor of Modern Architectural History at the Rhode Island School of Design. He received his PhD from MIT in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art. He also holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a BA in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Punjab. His work has appeared in edited volumes, biennale catalogues, and peer reviewed journals like Grey room, Future Anterior, and Aggregate, an architectural history research collaborative and publishing platform of which he is also a founding member. He is currently working on a book titled, The Periphery Within: Modern Architecture and the Making of the Third World, that looks at how modern architects and planners played a critical role in shaping the discourse on Third World development and its associated structures of power after the Second World War.