Arena of A Shared Schadenfreude

Should architects design prisons? The debate has been going on for some time. Some architects and architecture collectives have taken a stance and vowed never to design buildings that are used to cause harm and that violate human rights. The continued misuse of detention centers has been denounced by the American Institute of Architects. But […]

Art Activism

A series of digital illustrations created to be used as posters (online and printed) during the self-organized citizens’ protests (that occurred between December 2019 and February 2020) against the discriminatory and unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 in India.   Tricolor Hijab: This is What an Indian Looks Like The revolution was led by Muslim women […]

Lakdikapul: A Wooden Bridge to Nowhere

Earlier this year, a new traffic island was created at Lakdikapul, which became a great solution to streamline traffic at what used to be very haphazard and confusing turning. However, what came on top of the island– in dissonance to the alleviation of traffic logjam– is nightmare-inducing to say the least. Not just for an […]

The Mosque as Magnet: Situating the Mosque in the Urban Morphology of Contemporary Cities in the Islamic World as an Integral Part of the Process of Rebuilding

It is a time for re-evaluation and re-evolution. Growing up Muslim in Saudi Arabia, I have had plenty of opportunities to pray at various mosques in the Kingdom, and sometimes even on beaches and in the desert. I have seen how the place one stands to pray transforms into a magnet with an organic congregation […]

Kinetic Photography

Photographs shot between 2007-2012 on a Canon PowerShot digital camera using long exposure camera toss technique with long exposure and slow shutter speed (sometimes coupled with LED spinning toys and grid laser-pointers) to create abstract light paintings. Locations: Hyderabad, Al-Khobar, Madina, London, Milan   Fractal Spin // series Light Waves // series   Signature // […]