Past Islamabad Event: VOL 3

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Coversation on Architecture

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

In all our definitions and descriptions of space; positive space, negative space, layered space, flowing space, virtual space and folded space there is a feeling of intimidation for the architect faced with a wide cultural canvas often in this conflict architecture becomes fixed and permanent and shrugs off the ephemeral and the present. This presentation by Sannah Ejaz outlines ideas of space/time in architecture as opposed to architecture in space/time with respect to the role of the architect.

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@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

Threshold is defined as a doorway to be crossed at a transition from one place to another. Understanding the context of this statement on architecture, one has to see the diversity and the division within any metropolitan city, a city contains multiple worlds, with diverse cultures, existing in parallel, aware of each other, but seldom intersecting. It is the intersection of these spheres which is the focus of this presentation by Hasan Lashari - The threshold.

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Conscious Tectonics

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

Masshal Saif at Khaam Studios is working on exploring the relationship of materials and sculptor. She and her team are experimenting with the fusion of tangible and intangible with concrete and a variation of porous materials. 

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An Architect's Journey

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

As an architect, Mustafa Naeem came across challenges and different styles in architecture and how he is still learning how vast this field is. Whenever he began to think about all he had achieved as a professional and felt that he had just about made it, something new would crop out of the corner. Mustafa's message to people and students of architecture is to keep exploring and discovering one's skills, and to more importantly to never quit.



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Architecture and Wanderlust

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

Ali Rahman Khan talks about how he learnt the importance of drifting in finding purpose in Architecture and Entrepreneurship through systems thinking.

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Expressions and Reflections - Culture through Architecture

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

The best way to understand a traditional building’s architecture is to is to understand the culture that is reflected by it. Almost all countries have their societal and cultural values reflected in their architecture. This presentation by Ghousia Hussain Ahmed is about understanding the influence of culture on architecture that she has experienced during her travels across Pakistan and Europe. 

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Pakistan's Metro Systems - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

The presentation by Awais Aqdus is about the metro systems that have been and are being constructed in Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, etc. Having such massive structures running through the city while the only purpose these forms are serving is an extra lane, solely to drive a bus. Comparing our metro system to those present in Rome, Berlin, London, is it necessary for us to show these massive bridges and is the urban space they have occupied justified? How does this affect our urban fabric? 

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Architecture and Public Spaces: Our perceptions, context, cultural and social resposibility

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

Communal spaces are about nurturing change. Public spaces are healthy interventions in the growth of a city, they always benefit arts and culture, they help bring people together to enjoy the city and each other. Fawad Suhail Abbasi talks about the role of architects in public spaces and what a perfect public space looks like.


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The Walls

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

As a freelance architect, one is perhaps more free to engage with opportunities than when one is an employee at someone else’s firm; you can afford to take risks and pursue novel solutions to interesting problems. All of this feeds into developing an indigenous language for one’s own practice and creative expression. As architecture is firmly rooted in real world parameters, it is imperative that one understands the context within which the practice is taking place. This is not only restricted to physical parameters/contexts such as the environment and the terrain but also abstract concerns such as the desires of the client and their hopes and expectations. However, it’s not always easy. There are days when one does not want to deal with each and every trivial thing, opting to only pay attention to the creative ‘good’ stuff. However, it is important to remember that these so called ‘trivialities’ are necessary to the creative process. This presentation by Murtaza Bilal Ahmad is about striking that balance and the practice of architecture in general.
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Defining Architecture Through Space, Articulation & Materials

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

Faisal Arshad talks about space articulation and materials in his projects, including his lake-house passion project. Space utilization, materials, nostalgia, nature, cultural values, family and even language all tie into his ideas of what architectural projects and their essence is all about.  Mr. Arshad's large collection of design and participation in architecture design all around the world bring wisdom and experience that makes for a great talk.

Ali Rahman Khan
Architect/Designer, Founder, AGEN-C K, Banjaiga in Islamabad
Faisal Arshad
Architect, Academician , FA+P/ Dept of Architecture Comsats Islamabad in Islamabad
Fawad Suhail Abbasi
Architect, Partner , Suhail & Fawad Architects in Islamabad
Masshal Saif
Khaam Studio in Islamabad
Hasan Lashari
Architect, Visiting Faculty, NUST School of Art, Design and Architecture in Islamabad
Ghousia Hussain Ahmed
Architect in Islamabad
Awais Aqdus
Architect in Islamabad
Mustafa Naeem
Architect, Founder, Mustafa Naeem Architects in Lahore
Sannah Ejaz
Assistant Professor, Associate Head Department of Architecture, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad
Murtaza Bilal Ahmad
Architect, Co-Founder, Indy Studios in Islamabad