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Text: Ar. Pervaiz Vandal

Education Fragmented- age of specialization

As compared to the earlier times education was now more focused on the abilities and techniques required to facilitate the production processes.  An efficient education system with a defined curriculum, taught in time-bound packages, with grading and testing to assess employability of students was developed. Such an approach lends itself to a systematic break-up of education into modules, to be taught in a given time, students tested and evaluated and thus graded like industrial goods to be used according to the demand of the customer. Holistic education of the Renaissance was replaced with a specialized, short term, education. Knowledge was split into useful and profits generating sciences and the not so useful arts; ‘age of specialization’ was born. Among the many, a small number who could afford longer periods of education went onto further specialize and lead the developments in science.


Text: Ruqayya Rizwan
Photography: Ahmed Shajee Aijazi

Encountering space is a unique human experience. It amalgamates romanticism of art and literature, functionality and ergonomics of design and timelessness of brick and mortar. The experience itself engages maximum of our senses at the same time. For most part what we perceive as a visual treat is actually a sensory treat and therefore I can say with confidence if I entered a Rizwan Sadiq house with my eyes closed and ears shut I would be able to tell right away where I was, just like one can tell when one reaches home after a vacation.

Rizwan Sadiq is a contemporary architect. He finds his voice through the mechanics of building a space primarily through a plan. All credit due to his teachers and specially his mentor Tariq Hassan. A plan is the foundation of his houses. Elevation follows the plan. Everything else follows the plan and rightly so for you can live in a space that allows you flexibility and lets you grow as years pass by. If you ask Rizwan what is the strength of his plan he is likely to say his client’s lifestyle. If you ask me the same question I would say it’s the designer’s tribute to light as it falls upon a site.

Shells and doorknobs, closets and attics, old towers and peasant huts are pleasant memories of our childhood…..or are they memories of “the home”. As per  Bachelard (in his book Poetics of Space) admits that every house is first a geometrical object of planes and right angles, but ask his reader to ponder how such rectilinearity so welcomes human complexity, idiosyncrasy and how the house adapts to its inhabitants.
How does the body, not merely the mind remember the feel of the latch in a long-forsaken childhood home? If the house is the first universe for its young children, the first cosmos, how does its space shape all subsequent knowledge of other space, of any larger cosmos? Is a house “a group of organic habits” or even something deeper, the shelter of the imagination itself?
As we listen to the geometry of built spaces, the echoes dignifying and distinguishing every old house, every experienced house, the probe is the impact of human habitation on geometrical forms, and the impact of the form upon human inhabitants.
So how do we sum it; a house is a nest for dreaming, a shelter for imagining or is always a container, sometimes contained, the house serves as the portal to metaphors and imagination. From time immemorial hoses have had a mystifying curious appeal, each into his own, especially when architects try to define a house, an abode a shelter
-          “A house that has been experienced is not an inert box. Inhabited space transcends geometrical space.”
-            All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the person in that space.

-          "The house is a machine for living in." (Vers une architecture, 1923)
-          Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had. Francis Bacon, Essays of Buildings
-          "The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines." Frank Lloyd Wight New York Times Magazine (4 Oct. 1953).
-          I believe that architects should design gardens to be used, as much as the houses they build, to develop a sense of beauty and the taste and inclination toward the fine arts and other spiritual values.  Luis Barragan
-           These cities of 20 million and 30 million people, with densities of thousands of families per acre, they require new inventions to humanize that mega-scale, to find a way in which, though we live densely and though we live one on top of each other, we still want nature, and we still want sunlight and we still want the garden, and we still want all the qualities that make a place humane. And that's our responsibility. Moshie Safdie

Text:Maria Aslam
Photography:Marium & Maria Aslam

Seems like yesterday when the same scribe had reviewed S Abdulla in Lahore, the dynamic play of construction beams and exposed framework had set the setting of the new warehouse design entity in the design world. Then it was just a beginning, an exploration that was picked up by many architects a new aspect for less is more? Today we go a step further with the Builders Mall perched almost at the outskirts of Rawalpindi - Islamabad, an area where construction is in full swing whether commercial or residential. In a year’s time the building which stands aloof in the typical usual constructed environ of the capital city might just be engulfed by its neighbors.

Set back from the road and sitting royally in a slender mass enveloped in fair-faced concrete that captures ones eye because of the elevation the exterior belies the interior completely. As one walks over its entrance portal and enters its atrium space a new world of interiors and products unfolds. The central natural lit space bewilders as a playful world suddenly surprise you. I literally did a twirl just to get an expanse of the space from down to the top. I also noticed the traffic and the reactions of the people visiting the Mall then, it is obvious that one needs to spend hours to get the maximum out of the space whether in the design context or the plethora of products that it houses.

Text: Maria Aslam

Photography: courtesy Naheed Mashooqullah Studio for Architecture & Design

Nothing deters the masses to watch a great movie that has had raving reviews, a stupendous box office opening or a steam roller caste……but for us Karachiites big movie or not watching movies is a great way of getting away from the daily works and stresses, the sudden play of city coming to a halt, the ever changing political scenario, the hide and seek of power fluctuations……….. all of this can be best taken care off by going to the cinemas.

A great cinema experience was a story of the bygone era when various cinema halls on the main artery of M. A Jinnah road competed with each other and then a long story of a society deadened in culture and art followed that naturally killed the art of filmmaking and cinema viewing as well.

Hence going to cinema and that also creatively designed with state of the art facilities is definitely a new entity to the recreation-starved city of Karachi. The cinemas have revived (hopefully) good film making and released a spirit of verve and enjoyment to the masses especially the youth of the society

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