Design & Create

  • Category
  • Research Projects

  • Collaborating Organization
  • The Dawood Foundation MagnifiScience Centre

  • Researchers List
  • Areeb Adnan Khan, CE 
    Asfiya Ghanchi, CnD 
    Esha Aftab Shaikh, CnD 
    Hamza Abdullah, CS 
    Haya Habib Moosa, SDP 
    Sara Illahi Panhwer, SDP 
    Faiza Khan, playground Supervisor 
    Hira Zuberi, playground Supervisor 
    Sehel Khandwala, playground Supervisor 

  • Conducted In
  • Spring, 2022

    The playground formed a knowledge partnership with The Dawood Foundation (TDF), to work with TDF MagnifiScience Centre (MSC) on the ‘Design & Create’ exhibition within the third floor of the museum. Design & Create is set around the key urban and environmental problem of waste in Karachi, and how we can design solutions to mitigate and manage it better. The playground carried out research and developed ideas for a contextually relevant exhibit list for the TDF MSC fabrication team to implement. The main goal was to curate an informative and interactive experience on this theme that is suitable for visitors of all ages. Working in a multidisciplinary team of students from different programs, we started out by brainstorming creative ways of presenting different urban and environmental problems for a museum experience. We compiled ideas from exhibitions around the world and created a visual documentation of our inspiration. Alongside this, we created a database of existing interventions and solutions that tackle these problems locally and globally. We were particularly interested in showcasing the work of local innovators and organizations, and how we can learn from their efforts. After receiving feedback on our initial ideas from the TDF MSC team, we collectively decided to focus on the theme of waste moving forward. This led us to carry out more specific research to understand how the problem of waste is presenting itself in Karachi, what the causes and effects are, and where our waste ends up. We then had to shortlist our exhibit ideas whilst considering the flow and narrative they would form, and how they would fit spatially in the floor plan and layout. We decided the ground floor would be problem focused, and the mezzanine level above would be solutions focused, showcasing the steps we can take towards designing a better future for waste in Karachi. We had to make sure that our ideas were user-friendly in that they catered to a variety of ages and learning styles, whilst not being easy to break or taken away. Once we had a final flow of exhibits with all these considerations in mind, we contextualized each exhibit idea with relevant data and information to make them Karachi-centered. This was a process of constant convergence and divergence upon ideas and research.