About us

we are the centre for transdisciplinarity, design & innovation. yes, that’s a mouthful. let us explain.

what is it

The playground is a community space, and a university-wide ecosystem, designed for creative collaborative work that helps transform the teaching and learning experience at Habib. It serves as a gateway, and enhances accessibility, to making and design activities across departments and schools.

Through workshops, pop-ups and 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.

what we do

At the playground, we examine, address, and sometimes resolve, complex, real world challenges that require transdisciplinarity and creativity. In doing so, we learn from each other, and the city we are embedded in.

At the heart of the playground is the commitment to being playful – to experimenting, getting our hands dirty, creating new rules for engagement, embracing failure and learning from it, and thoughtfully de/re-constructing the way we teach and learn.

The playground aims to enhance not just the lenses our students use to examine the world, but also the tools with which they engage with it, and the forms of expression they use to communicate their ideas about it.

our identity

The playground does not have a logo. It has an open identity system.

The three-dimensional play button wireframe is the visual representation of playground’s values: it’s a scaffolding that allows all our users to build their own frameworks.

You can play with it, pivot it, morph it, multiply it and stack it as you desire. The scaffolding can be draped by our 14-color neon palette that offers vibrance and joy.

our core team

playground is led by a small but dedicated core team of enthusiasts.

our teaching community

Get to know and find out all about the creative thinkers, the collaborators, the tinkerers, who we call our teaching team at the playground.

Anzar Khaliq
Assistant Dean, DSSE
Playground Director
Assistant Professor, Physics

Anzar Khaliq

Assistant Dean, DSSE
Playground Director
Assistant Professor, Physics
Courses Taught:
  • Scientific Method
Hira Zuberi
Playground Associate Innovation & Design

Hira Zuberi

Playground Associate Innovation & Design
Courses Taught:
  • Engineering, Innovation & Design
Basit Memon
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Basit Memon

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Courses Taught:
  • Engineering, Innovation & Design
Sabyn Javeri
Interim Assistant Dean, AHSS
Director & Assistant Professor, Arzu

Sabyn Javeri

Interim Assistant Dean, AHSS
Director & Assistant Professor, Arzu
Courses Taught:
  • Diseases and Digital Story telling
Humaira Qureshi
Assistant Professor, Biology

Humaira Qureshi

Assistant Professor, Biology
Courses Taught:
  • Introduction to Health Policy
  • Diseases & Digital Story telling
Muhammad Moiz Anis
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Muhammad Moiz Anis

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Courses Taught:
  • Data Communications
Sameena Shahzaman
Director & Assistant Professor, Physics

Sameena Shahzaman

Director & Assistant Professor, Physics
Courses Taught:
  • Scientific Method
Umair Azfar Khan
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Umair Azfar Khan

Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Courses Taught:
  • Introduction to Game Development
Amber Ajani
Lecturer, Environmental Studies

Amber Ajani

Lecturer, Environmental Studies
Courses Taught:
  • Design Thinking for Sustainability
Shama Dossa
Director & Assistant Professor, Social Development & Policy

Shama Dossa

Director & Assistant Professor, Social Development & Policy
Courses Taught:
  • Food Security
  • Participatory Approaches to Community Driven Development and Policy Change
Tajreen Midhat
Adjunct Faculty, Social Development & Policy

Tajreen Midhat

Adjunct Faculty, Social Development & Policy
Courses Taught:
  • Food Security
Priya Pinjani
Adjunct Faculty, Communication & Design

Priya Pinjani

Adjunct Faculty, Communication & Design
Courses Taught:
  • Introduction to Illustration
Gulraiz Khan
Adjunct Faculty, Communication & Design

Gulraiz Khan

Adjunct Faculty, Communication & Design
Courses Taught:
  • Transdesign Practicum Interactive Museums
  • Parks & Recreation
Ahmed Ansari
Senior Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University

Ahmed Ansari

Senior Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University
Courses Taught:
  • Systems Thinking for Designers Research through Making
Momin Zafar
Adjunct Faculty, Communication & Design

Momin Zafar

Adjunct Faculty, Communication & Design
Courses Taught:
  • Shaping Modernity
Ali Zahid
Adjunct Faculty, Electrical Engineering

Ali Zahid

Adjunct Faculty, Electrical Engineering
Courses Taught:
  • Introduction to Systems Engines
Muhammad Moiz
Adjunct Faculty, Social Development & Policy

Muhammad Moiz

Adjunct Faculty, Social Development & Policy
Courses Taught:
  • Introduction to Health Policy
Zahra Malkani
Lecturer, Communication & Design
AHSS

Zahra Malkani

Lecturer, Communication & Design
AHSS
Courses Taught:
  • Drawing – I

our friends

Friends of the playground is our global advisory board of design enthusiasts and practitioners.

They support the playground in a variety of ways, helping us grow and connect to global conversations on transdisciplinarity, design and innovation.

If you’d like to become a friend of the playground, wave!

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