aa: architects, lawyers and prostitutes

•May 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Whenever you see the word “Client” in something to do with building, you know there just has to be an architect involved because no one else in the building game ever refers to anyone as “clients.” It is such a strange word, isn’t it? In a shop you are a customer, on a train you are a passenger, in a hospital you are a patient, in a class you are a student, in the economy at large you’d be a consumer. But client? The only people who have clients are lawyers, architects and prostitutes, all of whom have to live with the reputation that they are simply out to screw you. Only the prostitute is honest about it.


sfz: domesticity

•April 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A Lahore based artist Nausheen Saeed’s sculpture,  titled Dove, is made entirely out of soap and makes a comment on domesticity.

ba: pop goes the artist.

•April 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

‘Gigogne’ is a small set of tables presented by Fornasetti as part of Milan Design Week 2010. The designer has used particularly simple and modern shapes that could be used as a coffee table, stool or bench with a pop art element; adding a twist to everyday functional objects.

sfz: 1947 ke khayal

•April 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

When history comes to life: Khayal khana activity in collaboration with CAP.

Pakistan’s early days were brought to life in an exhibition organized by the Citizen’s Archive of Pakistan called The Birth of Pakistan. Targeted mainly at school children, the exhibition’s main draw was how interactive it was. But it was not only Pakistanis who benefitted, as foreigners too were spotted at Mohatta Palace learning about Pakistan’s stormy Partition days. The exhibition runs till 23 June, 2010 at The Mohatta Palace Museum. This series of photographs is a recollection of people’s experiences at the Birth of Pakistan.

It really brought history to life because the history that I’m learning is very boring. All that I know is read and learn from the books. I liked the replica of the tent the most because I could see the way the refugees lived. I felt sorry for the people because the conditions that they lived in were not good.” -Abdullah Farooq, 10, Pathway School student

Photos by Eefa Khalid, Text by Syafiqah Omar and Liyana Low

sj: the hero lies in you.

•April 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Anyone who is a design freak will love some comic book something somewhere. And if you love that comic book soemthing somewhere, then you will love wasting your time on this.

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mza: old Indian calendars on display in Berlin.

•April 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

aak: three thoughts for a minute each.

•April 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Designing is not a profession but an attitude. Design has many connotations. It is the organization of materials and processes in the most productive way, in a harmonious balance of all elements necessary for a certain function. It is the intergration of technological, social, and economical requirements, biological necessities, and the psychological effects of materials, shape, color, volume and space. Thinking in relationships.
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Co-Founder, Bauhaus

Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure. The intention is to really carve out of a city civic spaces and the more it is accessible to a much larger mass in public and it’s about people enjoying that space. That makes life that much better. If you think about housing, education, whether schools and hospitals, these are all very interesting projects because in the way you interpret this special experience.
Zaha Hadid, Architect

Now architecture consists of order, which in Greek is called taxis … Order is the balanced adjustment of the details of the work separately, and, as to the whole, the arrangement of the proportion with a view to a symmetrical result.