Happy New Year! I thought I’d start by sharing this message from a friend which I just loved…

Game Time

Hope everyone has an even better 2015.

So it’s been a while since I’ve last posted! 2014 was absolutely manic…

It was the year I finally sat my Part 3 exam and became a fully qualified ARCHITECT! It’s been great for knowledge, confidence and gaining further great experience and I’m looking forward to what this year brings.

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and what better setting than the House for an Art Lover for the celebration ceremony?!

It was the year I visited Saudi Arabia. What was amazing about the places I visited (Makkah/Medina), was not only the  the historic and religious significance, but how the cities’ architecture and urban fabric smoothly managed millions of people visiting and worshipping in comfort. It was absolutely unbelievable.

regular day at the KaabaRegular day at the Kaaba, Makkah

Friday prayer - fans spray cool mistUmbrella’s shading the worshippers from the fierce sunlight during Friday prayers in the courtyard of Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.  Cool mist was sprayed from above which created a much more comfortable microclimate during the time spent there. According to a local, a mere 2 million people go there to pray every Juma (Friday Prayers).

It was the year Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games and did so fantastically. The vibrant atmosphere created was unforgettable and I was glad to be a part of it. The whole city was buzzing with visitors, events and locals soaking up the atmosphere. The weather wasn’t bad too. Glasgow – you did us proud.

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Temporary urbanisation within the heart of the Merchant City showed a large vacant site soon become full of life with stalls, places to sit and people filling the space. The Merchant City Festival was a huge success.IMG_4937

Hampden Park was refurbished and prepared for the games, along with other Glasgow sporting grounds, to host the sports events.

IMG_4926At the heart of Glasgow, George Square, Glasgow 2014.

It was the year my drawings were finally published in the Urban Section by Robert Mantho. The book identifies a range of generic street types and their success, or otherwise, in responding to climatic, cultural, traditional, morphological, social and economic well being. Years of hard work from Robert in analysing and creating the book has culminated in something we are all very proud of. Thank you to Robert for letting me be a part of it.

 41Sr9qybwPLAvailable to buy from Amazon.

Looking forward to what 2015 brings. For now, I don’t know what to expect, but I do know it’s GAME TIME 🙂

Thinking back to Toronto this time two years ago! Thought I’d share some photos from the trip…

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Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum

Interior  - new meeting the old

Interior – new meeting the old

Exhibition

Exhibition hall

At the facade

Striking facade structure and natural light piercing the space

Hanging exhibits above the void with slit of natural light at the facade

Hanging exhibits above the void with slits of natural light

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Shaded public space outside the Royal Ontario Museum

Aslop Architect's floating Sharp Centre of Design with CN Tower in the distance

Aslop Architect’s floating Sharp Centre of Design with CN Tower in the distance

Approach to Frank Gehry's Art Gallery of Ontario

Approach to Frank Gehry’s Art Gallery of Ontario

Douglas Fir Clad Spiral Staircase bursting through the space and glass ceiling

Douglas Fir Clad Spiral Staircase bursting through the space and glass ceiling

Moving through

Moving up the spiral staircase

Glulam at the sculpture corridor

Glulam structure and glass facade at the sculpture corridor

View out from the staircase

View out from the staircase

View up!

And finally the view up!

Kuala Lumpur architecture and shopping by night and day. Snapshots from a fantastic few weeks at the end of 2012 with family experiencing the city. Part 2.

Streetlife as the sun starts to set with Mosque and Menara Telekom Tower in the background

Streetlife as the sun starts to set with Mosque and Menara Telekom Tower in the background

Night Market

Night Market

Food at the Night Market

Food at the Night Market

Christmas Decorations at the Pavilion Shopping Centre

Christmas Decorations at the Pavilion Shopping Centre

Lavish individual shopfront at the Pavilion Shopping Centre

Lavish individual shopfront at the Pavilion Shopping Centre

Masjid Negara

Masjid Negara

Masjid Negara

Masjid Negara

Little India

Little India

Petronas Towers illuminating the sky

Petronas Towers illuminating the sky

Food Stall at Market

Food Stall at Market

 

Putrajaya

Putrajaya

Putra Bridge and Putra Mosque

Putra Bridge and Putra Mosque

Putra Mosque

Putra Mosque

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Saltan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque (Blue Mosque), Shah Alam

no, not Christmas lights, these are a permanent fixture at I-City!

no, not Christmas lights, these are a permanent fixture at I-City!

 

 

 

 

 

Even during Monsoon Season, Kuala Lumpur was a vibrant city, through activity, colour and people. The city was built up of a varied urban fabric, tall skyscrapers next to 3 storey terraced housing with different architectural styles. Around every corner was something different, interesting and often surprising! Here are a few pictures from my exploration there.

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Narrow shaded streets and hidden gems, I just can’t get enough of Paris! Layer of history encompass the streets and the blonde sandstone create a sense of warmth. Having been there before, it was great just wondering around the streets, eating good food and soaking in the atmosphere…here are some pictures from along the way.

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I like to embrace any free time to travel. There is nothing like experiencing different cultures and the architecture that I have read about. The comparatives between places visited highlights the differences, not only in architectural approach of buildings across the world, but the wider built environment, how people use space in between and create a sense of place. My next few posts will let the pictures do the talking…from Paris to Pakistan, Dubai to Kuala Lumpur, I was incredibly lucky last year.

Here a few photos from Pakistan February 2012.

Elephant Steps

Elephant Steps, Lahore Fort

View to Badshahi Masjid from Lahore Fort

View to Badshahi Masjid from Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Streetlife, Lahore

Streetlife, Lahore

Street Food, Lahore

Street Food, Lahore

Colour Popping Transport

Colour Popping Transport

Rickshaw

Rickshaw

Shopping, Faislabad

Shopping, Faislabad

Shopping, Faislabad

Shopping, Faislabad

Samundri, Street decoration

Samundri, Street decoration

Residential Street, Mian Chunnu

Residential Street, Mian Chunnu

Preparing food, Chak 482

Preparing food, Chak 482

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of Urban Diagnosis:38 (Sabeya Ali)

6a. Urban Luminosity day to night transition

 

Light to darkness – Light has the ability to alter the urban realm and change our perceptions; it can trigger emotions, inform us and excite us.  Lighting has become an increasingly important aspect of today’s nocturnal cities.  By analysing the existing, challenging and critiquing new ideas, a concluding proposal was made for a light and darkness strategy of the route. The study began by looking at the multiple images of the city that are created the hour when the sun sets.  The subtle changes highlight and conceal different features and create different atmospheres. The existing lighting along the route was analysed through measuring and mapping the light levels at each bus stop on nights of various weather conditions.  This was then compared with an exercise where each team member marked out where they thought the brighter and darker areas existed.  This was mapped and varied from the actual results.  The experiment strongly ties into the idea that the eyes only make up 10% of the visual information while the brain makes up the other 90% to perceive things.

What if? This was an exercise of challenging new ideas of lighting the urban realm.

What if there was interactive lighting? Only the areas used being lit, bringing excitement to lighting, it is the people and how they use the space that becomes a spectacle at night.

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What if the buildings lit the surroundings? The buildings and lighting could become integrated from the original design concept.

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What if voids were lit?  If parks were lit they could be used 24/7, however it would disturb the natural wildlife within at night.

Dotted Eyes template for OS MasterMap

 

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What if advertising played a more important role in urban luminosity?  It could become a distracting overlay of the city’s architecture, but if this was an overlay of a wall, for example, it could give it an alternative use at night.

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What if the M74 extension was lit?  Instead of lighting what are landmarks by day, what if the places of negative associations were lit to try and change people’s perceptions?  It could give the city a whole new identity at night.

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What if there was a canopy of lights along the streets creating an artificial sky?  This could enhance streets of special use.

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What if lighting and architecture was combined?  It could provide a cohesive way of lighting the urban realm.

Lighting model

Lighting model

Light and Darkness Scheme – ideas were combined and applied to different areas of the route to create a proposal of light and dark.  The new ideas were combined with old to create a whole cohesive picture of what the urban realm could be like at night.  With the select areas lit, the light against the dark backdrop creates a vibrancy.  Through the variety of urban luminosity, it creates interest and vitality throughout the urban realm at night.

6d. Urban Luminosity Light and Darkness Scheme