Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Chilly warmth

A Chilly warmth

A journey within,
Relive each day,
One and all,
Within me, I am applauding.

Kisses of the tender breeze,
Rustling of parched leaves,
Clutch a secret,
Gentle crawling.

Under the dark skies,
The stars are brighter,
Alone and together,
They keep on shining.

Promises from the wind,
Till the storm takes away,
Hope and that longing,
But keep on walking.

Here I am falling,
Pull me up.
There is someone- somehow,
Credence is shaking.

Those dreams still live,
A trance of solitude,
Loud and silent,
As I keep on falling.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Beijing Airport - Foster & partners

Site Plan

Level 1 Plan

Finger Section



Spine Section


Her wet eyelashes rested on her beautiful face in the rain of tears. The shiny mirror of her life lay in pieces that would never be put together again. She had lived to kill her soul, her own. If only she could name him. Her ears would long for the voice of her own. She would shriek and scream, cry and weep for a nameless part of her. They never showed him what was her own. For months she kept him in her bosom, fed him her own blood and painted a million dreams for him. Today she had him no more. Her hands were free, her legs untied yet she lay helpless only with her tears to dry.

The pain had suddenly reminded of her ordeal for nothing. It had made her soft skin pale and her gentle pink face red with sorrow. A few feathers lay around her as her nails had dug the sheet and the mattress she lay on. Going into an ecstasy of blinding pain, she yearned to hear a beautiful cry on the other side. There was only deafening silence.

A world had come down on her and she would fight back with an ocean of tears; until she sank into them.

June 8 1997

Nazeeha Chaudry gave birth to a sub developed fetus. It was never shown to her and was declared property of the teaching hospital.

June 11 1997

Nazeeha Chaudry was declared deceased due to post child birth complications.

PS. This is a work of pure fiction with any collision with reality purely unintentional

Körperfotogramm. (©Floris Neusüss - Courtesy of the Atlas Gallery)

Dormitory Design - Semester 8 - IBA Campus Karachi

Sunday, October 25, 2009

New york University Philosophy Department - Steven Holl


Steven Holl Architects have completed an interior project at the Department of Philosophy in the Arts & Sciences faculty at New York University.


All photos are copyright Andy Ryan. Below is a short statement from the architects, followed by a press release:


New York University (NYU)
Department of Philosophy
New York City, NY, USA


The Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and a committee of Philosophy Professors collaborated in the selection of Steven Holl Architects to design the complete interior renovation of a 1890 corner building at 5 Washington Place for the consolidation of the NYU Department or Philosophy within a concept which organizes the new spaces around light and phenomenal properties of materials.


A new stair shaft below a new skylight joins the 6-level building vertically with a shifting porosity of light and shadow that change seasonally.


The Ground level, utilized by the entire University, contains a new curvilinear wooden auditorium on a cork floor.


The upper level floors contain Faculty Offices and Seminar Rooms which are done in different shades and textures of black & white, according to the texts in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s book “Remarks on Colour”.


The building exits within the NoHo Historic District and is within the jurisdiction of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.


The building is part of the main NYU campus within New York City’s Greenwich Village and is sited on-access to Washington Square Park.

Press release

Steven Holl Architects’ completes interior project for NYU Department of Philosophy in New York City


New York City, October 2nd 2007 — With the opening of the new academic year, Steven Holl Architects has completed renovation of the interiors of an 1890 building at 3-5 Washington Place for the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts & Science at New York University (NYU).


Originally located in the Silver building, a mixed use facility for classrooms and academic departments, the Department of Philosophy is now consolidated new presence in both the city and on campus.


Although the historic exteriors remained untouched, the new interiors give the Department of Philosophy a luminous image.


The facility includes faculty and graduate student offices, seminar rooms, a periodicals library & lounge and a ground floor 120-seat cork auditorium. Steven Holl Architects organized the 30,000 square feet of interiors around a concept of the phenomenal properties of light and materials.


A new porous stair, changing its direction at each floor, vertically connects the six-level building through shifting light and shadow and is designed to encourage social interaction.


This vertical connection in light is activated by the presence of faculty members and students and by a prismatic film splitting the available sunlight periodically. The light effect in the stairwell changes according to the seasons and the time of day.


The upper level floors, containing the faculty offices and seminar rooms, have been designed in different shades and textures of black & white inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein’s book “Remarks on Color”. Steven Holl Architects have designed furniture, coat hooks, light fixtures, and door handles for the Department of Philosophy.


In 2004 Steven Holl Architects was selected for the interior renovation by a joint committee of University Administrators, the Faculty of Arts & Science Dean’s Office and the Philosophy Department for the sensibility and philosophy in its work.


About the collaboration with NYU, Steven Holl says: ”University buildings need to focus as incubators for interaction between students and faculty. It was a pleasure working with this university that was willing to broaden its design approach by including our staircase that now functions as the backbone of the building.”


Steven Holl Architects is well-known for invigorating university campuses with innovative designs including The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2002), Simmons Hall at M.I.T. (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2002), the Higgins Hall Center Section at the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY, 2005), and most recently the School for Art & Art History at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, 2006).