Playground – Habib University

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40

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SCHOLARS AND TRAINERS INVITED

 

18

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PEDAGOGICAL WORKSHOPS HOSTED

 

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INDUSTRY PROJECTS SOLVED

 

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INNOVATIVE COURSES OFFERED

 

730

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HOURS OF WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED

 

2100

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STUDENTS ENGAGED THROUGH WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

 

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upcoming events

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about us

playground is a space, and an ecosystem, designed exclusively for creative collaborative work at Habib University. It serves as a gateway to making and design activities across departments and schools. Through workshops, pop-up classes and industry and community projects students will be able to learn, and apply their learning, across disciplines and media – from sewing to 3D printing, photography to film, board games to phone apps, wood work to metal work, and beyond. Learn more
  • playground is
  • transdisciplinary
  • design-led
  • innovative
  • collaborative
  • playful
  • experiential

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resources

We have curated the right tools and have various spaces available for you to start transforming your ideas into reality by prototyping, brainstorming and collaborating. explore

expertise

Members of our teaching community are trained in the methodologies of human – centered design, and are available to lend their expertise to anyone who’s eager to learn. explore

opportunities

We offer BYOC (Bring Your Own Challenge), workshop and pop-up opportunities for our industry and community partners to benefit from, and tackle real-world problems using design thinking. explore

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We invite you to a six-week summer internship, led by RLCC and facilitated by the playground through its platform. It is an opportunity to work closely with RLCC under mentorship of design experts, online via Zoom calls and optional RLCC access and visits for those interested. Students interested in the fields of research, communication and design are encouraged to apply.

When: 15th June, 2021 - 31st July, 2021

How: Follow the link in our bio to apply for this internship!

Application Deadline: 8th June 2021
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We are proud to announce a six-week summer internship, led by RLCC and facilitated by the playground through its platform. It is an opportunity to work closely with RLCC under mentorship of design experts, online via Zoom calls and optional RLCC access and visits for those interested. Students interested in the fields of research, communication and design are encouraged to apply.

When: 15th June, 2021 - 31st July, 2021

How: Follow the link in our bio to apply for this internship!

Application Deadline: 8th June 2021
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Mapping Festivities X Design Research Project

The produced work has been exhibited at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

Playground Student Researchers:
Maleeha Khan, Omema Akhtar, Shallum David, Luluwah Lokhandwala, Anita Zehra, Fizzah, Aymen Ansari, Rajaa Moeini and Marium Taufeeq.

@habibuniversity
@pehchan.pakistan
@antidotedxb
@venice.architecture.biennale
@architect.em
@a_perceptual_reality
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Mapping Festivities X Design Research Project

The produced work has been exhibited at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

Playground Student Researchers:
Maleeha Khan, Omema Akhtar, Shallum David, Luluwah Lokhandwala, Anita Zehra, Fizzah, Aymen Ansari, Rajaa Moeini and Marium Taufeeq.

Core team:
Commissioner: Kalim A. Siddiqui, Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners
Curator: Sara M. Anwar
Research Director: Madeeha Yasin Merchant
Lead Researcher: Farhan Anwar
Organizers/Coordinators: Laure Parise, Najeh Zimmerman (Antidote art.design) & Rashid Rasheed, architect

Other Team Members:
Research Partner: Habib University
Exhibitors: Sara M. Anwar, Madeeha Yasin Merchant, Farhan Anwar, Shama Dossa, Hira Zuberi
Editorial support: Andrea Simitch (Chair of the Department of Architecture at Cornell University) and Eric Baldwin

@habibuniversity
@pehchan.pakistan
@architect.em
@antidotedxb
@venice.architecture.biennale
@a_perceptual_reality
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Mapping Festivities X Design Research Project

The produced work has been exhibited at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

Playground Student Researchers:
Maleeha Khan, Omema Akhtar, Shallum David, Luluwah Lokhandwala, Anita Zehra, Fizzah, Aymen Ansari, Rajaa Moeini and Marium Taufeeq.

@habibuniversity
@pehchan.pakistan
@architect.em
@antidotedxb
@venice.architecture.biennale
@a_perceptual_reality
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Her City, Her Stories X Design Research Project

The produced work has published by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in 2020.

Playground Student Researchers: Hiba Shoaib, Rida Khan, Aala Siddiqui and Anita Zehra
Consultant: Bushra Saleem

@fnfpakistan @habibuniversity

@bushra.pdf @hiba_shoaib @ridakhxn_ @fiercedork @aalalala10
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Urban Mobility Workshop: Streets as Public Spaces

Students from Habib University and Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture after completing the two day playground workshop.

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@fnfpakistan
@ivs_ar @indusvalleyschoolkarachi
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Students attending Speculative and Critical Design at the playground. In this class they are seen playing The Thing From The Future.

#thethingfromthefuture #stuartcandy #situationlab
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Here is student researcher, Rida Khan holding the report of @hercity.and.herstories which is a design research project of the playground.

This project has been supported by @fnfpakistan
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Here is student researcher, Fizzah working on her research project Mapping Festivities.The produced work has been exhibited at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

Playground Student Researchers:
Maleeha Khan, Omema Akhtar, Shallum David, Luluwah Lokhandwala, Anita Zehra, Fizzah, Aymen Ansari, Rajaa Moeini and Marium Taufeeq.

@pehchan.pakistan
@venice.architecture.biennale
@antidotedxb
@habibuniversity
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Sign up for these online workshops by Mutahhar Mustafa using link in bio. Limited seats available! ...

Sign up for these online workshops by Mutahhar Mustafa using link in bio. Limited seats available! ...

Playground is pleased to announce a two (2) day workshop, Streets as Public Spaces, being organized by Shehri-CBE at the playground at Habib University with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

Please use the link in bio to know more about the workshop and to register yourselves!

Urban Mobility Workshop: Streets as Public Spaces
When: 9th of October & 16th of October between 11:00 am - 02:00 pm.
Where: playground, Habib University
Facilitators: Farhan Anwar, Hira Zuberi & Manahil Huda
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Playground is pleased to announce a two (2) day workshop, Streets as Public Spaces, being organized by Shehri-CBE at the playground at Habib University with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

Please use the link in bio to know more about the workshop and register yourselves!

Urban Mobility Workshop: Streets as Public Spaces
When: 9th of October & 16th of October between 11:00 am - 02:00 pm.
Where: playground, Habib University
Facilitators: Farhan Anwar, Hira Zuberi & Manahil Huda
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The playground at Habib University is hosting a panel discussion on the theme of Evolving Design Education in Pakistan, virtually on the 10th of October, 2020 between 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm. Catch us live at facebook.com/playatHU

Tazeen Hussain is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Communication Design at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. She has also served as visiting faculty in the departments of Visual Studies at Karachi University and Media Sciences at Szabist. As a researcher, Tazeen Hussain has presented her work at national and international conferences, and published internationally as well. Her current interests include the re-examination of Design Education, it’s conception and evolution, in the Pakistani context, whilst exploring the possibilities of design as a active contributor to the socio-cultural and political landscape.
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The playground at Habib University is hosting a panel discussion on the theme of Evolving Design Education in Pakistan, virtually on the 10th of October, 2020 between 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm. Catch us live at facebook.com/playatHU

Suleman Shahid is working as an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS). At LUMS, he directs the Computer-Human Interaction and Design Lab, manages the university’s Usability Lab and is the Faculty Lead for the Facebook Innovation Lab at LUMS. Suleman is also the director of the LUMS Learning Institute and the foundation council member of the National Incubation Center (NIC), Lahore.
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The playground at Habib University is hosting a panel discussion on the theme of Evolving Design Education in Pakistan, virtually on the 10th of October, 2020 between 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm. Catch us live at Facebook.com/playatHU

Salman Afzal is Lahore based design academic, practitioner and manager with interest in textiles, culture, identity, history and ethics. He is alumnus of National College of Arts Lahore and University of New South Wales Australia. Currently he is associated with Institute for Art and Culture Lahore, where he works as lead for undergraduate Textiles Program, and manages Center for Creative Partnerships (CCP) at IAC. Afzal has completed numerous projects dealing with design pedagogy, creative management, textiles, artisan practices and cultural representations. He is a COFA International Scholar and certified master trainer from HEC Pakistan who has conducted workshops in Islamabad, Lahore and United States.
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The playground at Habib University is hosting a panel discussion on the theme of Evolving Design Education in Pakistan, virtually on the 10th of October, 2020 between 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm. Catch us live at facebook.com/playatHU

Sabahat Nawaz is a designer and educator. Trained in Textile-Design, she graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore (2005), and later completed her Masters in Design for Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London (2008). She is invested in design education and believes it is essential that her approach is tailored to the specific learning needs of each student, which appropriately supports and challenges them academically. Her design practice revolves around contemporary ideas of space and place; exploring and redefining the role of the designer as a social, critical, and political negotiator within it. Nawaz has been involved in teaching, developing curriculum and courses at the School of Art, Design, & Architecture - NUST, Islamabad. She has also taught at Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design, Lahore, where she was thesis supervisor and advisor for the department of Textile Design. She has spent a year at the Royal College of Art, London (2012), as a Visiting Academic in the Research department of the School of Material, engaging with doctoral researchers and textiles-graduating students.
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The playground at Habib University is hosting a panel discussion on the theme of Evolving Design Education in Pakistan, virtually on the 10th of October, 2020 between 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm. Catch us live at facebook.com/playatHU

Hira is Associate Director at the playground, Habib University, where she leads research and design activities. Hira is a transdisciplinary thinker who seeks to discover the unexpected through collaboration. Her current research is at the intersection of systems thinking, strategic foresight and urbanism.Through experimentation and speculative storytelling she is interested in exploring new models of urban innovation for the Global South. Hira holds a Masters in Advanced Architecture from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and was a research fellow of The New Normal, Speculative Urbanism think tank at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.
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The playground at Habib University is hosting a panel discussion on the theme of Evolving Design Education in Pakistan, virtually on the 10th of October, 2020 between 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm. Catch us live at facebook.com/playatHU!

Ali Murtaza currently heads Service Design at IDEATE, a leading Human-Centered Design firm based in Islamabad.

Ali has previously worked as a design consultant for various start-ups, tech companies and design firms across the US, and Pakistan. Notable work of his includes helping to redesign Punjab’s Childhood Immunisation Program, building a user experience toolkit to enhance financial inclusion, and designing technological interventions to help smallholder farmers in the developing world.

He has also held teaching positions in the Department of Visual Communication at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), and the School of Engineering at the Information Technology University (ITU).

Ali holds an MFA in Industrial Design from Savannah College of Art & Design, a BFA in Visual Communication Design, and is a Fulbright alumnus.
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The playground at Habib University is proud to announce a panel discussion being hosted virtually, in collaboration with design academics and practitioners – Ali Murtaza, Hira Zuberi, Salman Afzal, Sabahat Nawaz, Suleman Shahid and Tazeen Hussain. The discussion will revolve around the changes in curriculum with the advent of technology and focus on design research and design thinking. Followed by an exchange of insights on methodologies of teaching design online during the pandemic.

Panel discussion // Evolving Design Education in Pakistan
Date: 10th of October
Time : 05:00 - 07:00 pm

Catch us LIVE at facebook.com/playatHU
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The playground at Habib University is proud to announce a panel discussion being hosted virtually, in collaboration with design academics and practitioners. The discussion will revolve around the changes in curriculum with the advent of technology and focus on design research and design thinking. Followed by an exchange of insights on methodologies of teaching design online during the pandemic.

Catch us LIVE on Facebook!
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The playground at Habib University is proud to announce a panel discussion being hosted virtually, in collaboration with design academics and practitioners – Ali Murtaza, Hira Zuberi, Salman Afzal, Sabahat Nawaz, Suleman Shahid and Tazeen Hussain. The discussion will revolve around the changes in curriculum with the advent of technology and focus on design research and design thinking. Followed by an exchange of insights on methodologies of teaching design online during the pandemic.

Panel discussion // Evolving Design Education in Pakistan
Date: 10th of October
Time : 05:00 - 07:00 pm

Catch us LIVE at facebook.com/playatHU
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