Sunday, 30 September 2007

Childhood Dream

1956 Volkswagen Beetle

Engine 4 Cylinder Transmission 4 speed Exterior color Black Interior color Gray. Features include: This is a Classic -oval- window bug with a -rag top- pull back sunroof. A beautiful stock roof. Including a luggage rack with oak bows. An older restoration with wide white walls and working semi phores.

::Vehicle Details::
Sold by:Dealer
Price:$ 9950
Exterior Color:Black
Interior Color:Gray

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Fire! Fire! All Fall Down!!

As i was on the roof with my nephew showing him the district from above i was shocked by this scene! a building in Kuwait City was on fire! it seems to be in Murqab and I saw a helicopter roaming above the site. it is right now and it is scary. I hope it is not residential, and thank god it is not a working hour so that no one inshalla be there.
update: after an hour of what i posted, as any normal Kuwaiti family, we went to check out what happened.. and we found out that it is a building under construction, and probably the victims are three or four cats..

my lens: Little Triumphs, Home 2007

Friday, 28 September 2007

my lens: Gulf Side, Kuwait 2007

اعطني الناي و غن - جبران خليل جبران
أعطني الناي و غن فالغنا سر الوجود
و أنين الناي يبقى بعد أن يفنى الوجود
هل تخذت الغاب مثلي منزلا دون القصور
فتتبعت السواقي و تسلقت الصخور
هل تحممت بعطر و تنشفت بنور
و شربت الفجر خمراُ في كؤوس من أثير
أعطني الناي و غن فالغنا خير الصلاة
و أنين الناي يبقى بعد أن تفنى الحياة
هل جلست العصر مثلي بين جفنات العنب
و العناقيد تدلت كثريات الذهب
هل فرشت العشب ليلاُ و تلحفت الفضا
زاهداُ في ما سيأتي ناسياُ ما قد مضى
أعطني الناي و غن فالغنا عدل القلوب
و أنين الناي يبقى بعد أن تفنى الذنوب
أعطني الناي و غن و انس داء و دواء
إنما الناس سطور كتبت لكن بماء

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

my lens: Water Town, Shanghai 2007

"Give a fish to a man; he has food for a day. Teach a man to fish; he learns a skill for life."
~Fan Li

"Learn without thinking begets ignorance. Think without learning is dangerous."
~Confucius - Lun Yu Chap. 2

"If you stay where you are, life will change in front of you and then you follow this change. if you move, you are only competing with life. when can we be life itself?" ~Deema

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

my lens: Shanghai Museum, Costums section 2007

“With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it's just not acting. It's lying.” ~Johnny Depp
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person, Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth" ~Oscar Wilde
"You are but a silhouette, confronting your own masks" ~Deema

Sunday, 23 September 2007

T-Square: Issue 3

The Architecture Magazine - University of Kuwait

Theme of this eddition: Signature

Table of Contents:

-Defining Signature

  • Note for Clarification

  • من خلال التوقيع

  • What Creates It ?

  • الرمز، و مسيرة نحو معرفة الذات

  • Signature.

-Signature of A Person

  • Frank Gehry: A Biography

  • Interview: Architect Abdullah Al Faisal Al Sabah.

-Signature of A Place

  • Sequal I: The Signature in Desquise as The Norm's- Missconception of Valid Architecture
  • Moroccan Architecture

-Signature of A Time

  • Masking Society

  • Super-sizing Real-Estate.

  • poetry: كان

-Signature of An Ideology

  • McDonaldology: The Visual Aspect of Architecture

  • Toward Extreme.

  • Folding Architecture

  • Case By Case

-Showcasing Signature

(Photographs taken by students are included)

note: provided in Department of Architecture 5Kh - Khaldiya Campus

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Art Agenda:

Dear www,

1. Designers: Dahlia Dawood AL-Ghunaim & Dalal Musaed AL-Sayer.

Venue: Villa Moda.

Dates: Thursday, 20 September to Saturday, 22 September 2007

Exhibition Hours: [ 8:30 pm - 1:00 am ]

Address: Villa Moda . Kuwait Free Trade Zone . Shuwaikh [2827004-121]

The earliest event in the Agenda is Today! two of my friends in architecture are holding an exhibition in Villa Moda, and here is the invitation:


2. Artist: Fareed Abdal

Venue: Dar AL Funoon

Dates: Monday, 24 September to Thursday, 11 October 2007

Exhibition Hours: [ 11 am - 1 pm ][ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm] closed on Fridays.
Address:Behbehani Compound House 28, AL-Watiyah, Kuwait [243 3138]
Fareed Abdal is a member of our department's faculty. I attended one of his exhibitions before and it was amazing, he has innovative ways in calligraphy. He is also displaying his latest pieces next week, and this is the invitation:


3. Lecturer: Géza Fehérvári

Lecture Title: [Masterpieces of an Unknown Iranian Metal Worker]

Venue: Dar AL-Athar AL-Islamiyah, AL-Maidan Cultural Centre

Date: Monday,22 October 2007

Note: AL-Maidan Cultural Centre is holding weekly events in variety of subjects starting with the former lecture, to check out their Cultural Season click here

This is my favourite place toattend :)

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Group No.6

Ian Wale - England
Wendy Zhang - Malaysia
Kenya Endo - Japan
Deema Gh. -Kuwait
Fei Wenjun - China
Lynn Wang - China
  • The following article is my own perspective towards our design and experience, there is a lot that I couldn't trace by words in where I placed my photos:
Symbiosis: Cityscape & Landscape
History and location had proven Shanghai to be the open door to China and an expected metropolis, thus it is the perfect place to experiment the meet from variety of cultures in order to simulate the city context. Tongji University had chosen the perfect site for the summer school workshop. A place infected by the forces of change. The site used to be the industrial district in Shanghai, but the urban development and expanse occurred during the last decades over flew the area and took away its functioning privilege. The government moved the factories to the rural and reserved some of the existing buildings for restoration and reuse.

This action configured a new quality to the site. On an urban view it has a confinement-relief value of space. And on a human perspective a new motion was in the density inter-spaces. M50 project used the remaining built part of the area (confinement part) to be an art district; where the old low rise buildings become the muses for artists and designers’ invention. The other side of the area –also to be the riverside- is rather a very relieved part where nature overgrows and very few buildings remained, yet standing out. It is a riddle of memory left by banished urban fabric.

In the workshop we were split into groups of six. In my group there were two persons from China, one from Malaysia, one from England, also one from Japan and myself from Kuwait. So we all came from different backgrounds different languages and strategies. It is a bit hard to deal with such variety but we accepted the challenge with our architectural language.

Initially we applied an analyzing method in which we explored –through our captured photographic frames- the possibilities of the space that is affected by existing phenomenon. The method revealed a symbiotic formation between nature and man made as well as old and new. Afterwards we were split to enhance the qualities of each critical point that joins the whole; those are the river band, the density relief, the paths and the street circulation. This is how we created the program, because associating these points with the term “urban memory” -and thus industrial heritage- demands the term “production”, and the latter term is the answer –still hypothetical- for the mentioned critical points.

Our strategy was to set upon the future need for the artists to benefit from their potentials to strengthen their financial status to cope with the expected rising rental cost of the M50 district. So we decided to turn the building that used to be a flour factory into an active art school for children, then this place would be an experimental zone for both artists (coming out from their galleries and studios) and the new generations (coming out from their residential areas all around).

The term “production” is correlated to the term “display”. In respect to this fact we chose to transform a building that used to be a hotel into a building that receive and display, especially that the hotel has a strategic location being the first architectural element along the entrance axis from the street. This place will be the cultural part of the landscape accommodating indoor and outdoor events, introducing you to either the river band or the children’s area.

Another axis to the site is from the M50 district; it is there where nature and man made reflection is being sensed by the rational (grid-like) placement of trees that gradually spread in a more organic way. It is the inspiration zone where art and knowledge emerge through the beauty and intellect of nature.
The levee is transforming along the river due to change in activities from viewing to fishing and from wandering to accessing. The river band is treated in the crescent-like area so that the water can be filtrated with time by rocks and plants to attract birds and increase natural inhabitants.

As mentioned, “Urban Memory” is a term dependent on vision and time, what we present in our design is a frame of what exist towards what existed in a great respect to the phenomenal claim.

The Landscape here is an expression of the amalgamation of natural and domestic topography. By using the low-rise natural space as a gravity force that attracts the rising surrounding. And as change being hyperactive in Shanghai it is left to the occupants around the area, the artists and the children to generate changes either predicted or not. And it will be consequent of our adjustments, which reacts to the M50 recently running program.

A workshop held in Tongji University had brought human skills from multiple countries to design the given space under the “Urban Memory & Landscape” conception. From this subjective meaning we in Group Six decided to understand and unite each existing phenomenon for it to transform and grow in rather a beneficial manner, to Eco-system as well as economy.

As The modern city of Shanghai, is being in the hands of her children. And as the history of the district in study, is used to be the source of industrial production. We chose to vibrate the heart of the landscape with art classes for them, which act as a metaphor for the term “production”. These classes with M50 district will merge together through the natural surrounding, providing rental spaces for artists to display their work and therefore nature will be veiling and unveiling art as we walk from a place to another by the law of perspective.

All the activities will be woven by the treatment of the levee along the river, where we intended to attract new natural inhabitants to the area and apply some methods to filtrate the river. We want the area on the river band to be more bio-active in order to heal itself in the long term.

My personal experience was more into the long-term strategy of the landscape and the possibilities of its growth mainly concerned about the growth of the M50 district to the natural zone. This workshop had taught me a lot about the Chinese heritage, and Shanghai told me beautiful stories by the colors of her nights and on the faces of her people. I believe that the image of Shanghai will make its perfect sense if it reflects the strong character of Chinese people. If we trace the daily life of Chinese people we can predict innovative urban strategies toward this city.

Monday, 17 September 2007

my new collection

I got a new collection of brooches that are really really beautiful the first 4 pieces are from my sweet friend Arch.dallola and the 2 last pieces are from my cousin (M.S.N), thank you so much and I really appreciate it :D

1-Portabello Saturday Market Nottinghill,England (June 2007)
3-Institute of Contemporary Art (Across St.James park (September 2007)
4-Milan, Italy (August 2007)
5-Auchan,Grand Epageny,France (August 2007)

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Events Update

Dear WWW,

I am very sorry for my long delay but in fact i am still writing about the project and didn't start with the personal experience yet. It is 650 words already and i just cannot be done!

as for now

مبارك عليكم الشهر
(wish you Blessed Ramadan)

  • And i will leave you, ladies and gentlemen, with something got to me:

The Seven Years' War

(August 1756)

  • well, it was something new for me to learn about, first sense of globalization in wars.
Best regards,