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2016 - 2018

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Investigating the influences on Karachi’s waste management issues.

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Multi-stakeholder input in tackling Karachi’s water distribution issues and the use of GIS mapping.

Future of mobility Speculative design

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Comunal Spaces Initiative

Mapping Kamaraedei Utca

Mahal - The 6 Sheesh palace of mirrors


Qamar’s Kitchen

INVESTIGATING THE INFLUENCES ON KARACHI’S WASTE MANAGEMENT ISSUES: A CASE STUDY ON NORTH NAZIMABAD, BLOCK I Karachi is facing a large-scale waste management issue. The phenomenon is increasingly complex. Comprehensive, city-wide understanding of the issue is elusive. Therefore, this research was directed at the development of a research protocol that could be used to carry out work related to waste/waste management in Karachi. The aim is to assist in understanding the problem of waste management at the micro-level, at the level of one neighborhood, so that the results can be extrapolated to comprehend the macro-level, Karachi-wide, issue of waste management. Block I of Karachi’s North Nazimabad town has been used as a case study in order to generate data on the micro-level political, social, demographic, and economic factors influence the waste management system in the neighborhood.

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Honors Thesis | Habib University | Fall 2017/Spring 2018 My role(s): Researcher | Ethnographer | Surveyor | Data collector | Geo-spatial data analyst and illustrator | Author Design capacities: Project design | Research design | Graphic design | Human-centred design Technology: GPS | GIS | GeoJSON Data: Surveys | Geospatial data



This project argued that shortfalls in the water distribution system (WDS) in Karachi require multi-pronged and multi-stakeholder input to be tackled effectively. Lack of data, and difficulty in accessing reliable data, impedes interventions. Therefore, GIS mapping can provide a baseline which can be built upon by various stakeholders, Lastly, this project argued that the availability of GIS maps will prove to be a catalyst for interventions. The project was anchored around GIS maps of the WDS of a neighborhood in the lower-income town of Orangi in Karachi. Maps were made using publicly reported and available geospatial data. In a first for Pakistan, the project was selected in the “Formal Presentations” section at the the 2018 InterHumanites Conference organized by the Undergraduate Network for Research in the Humanities, a digital humanities research initiative.

Independent Project | Fall 2017/Spring 2018 with Osama Bin Rizwan and Uzair Ibrahim My role(s): Researcher | Geo-spatial data analyst and illustrator | Presenter Design capacities: Project design | Research design | Graphic design Technology: CartoDB | QGIS | GeoJSON Data: Geo-spatial data


FUTURE OF MOBILITY SPECULATIVE DESIGN The Age of Aeromobility Karachi. May 13, 2065. “The city, choked under its own garbage, and inundated by frequent flash floods, is unnavigable with any of the early modes of transit - cars, bikes, BRTs, circular railways, Teslas or the Hyperloop. There is only one way to navigate the city: cheaply manufactured, nuclear-powered hover boards.” This project used speculative design to envision the future of Karachi’s mobility in the event of a disaster. In such a future, citizens of Karachi would use hoverboards for mobility. The question is: would behaviors change in line with mode(s) of transport?

Moving in the City: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Transit | Habib University | Spring 2017 My role(s): Ideation | Conceptualization | Presentation Design capacities: Speculative design | Graphic design



Communal Spaces Initiative aims to revitalize public spaces. It was borne out of concern regarding the lack of public spaces in densely populated areas of Karachi. The Initiative is intended to develop a model of community-driven sustainability which can be applied to other places. Therefore, as a prototype, we worked on the 50 year-old, culturally rich Ghalib Library in Karachi. Founded by renowned Pakistani literati and intelligentsia – chief among

them the poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz – this library is named after the illustrious nineteenth century Urdu poet Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib.

Independent project | Fall 2017 with Osama Bin Rizwan and Uzair Ibrahim

Once a hub of literary activities in the heart of Karachi, over the years the prominence of the library has decayed due to economic, administrative, and political factors. Thus, as a prototype event to gauge public interest, a traditional gathering of storytelling was organized. The event was open to the public free of cost.

My role(s): Design thinker | community mobiliser | organizer Design capacities: Human-centered design | Experience design | Strategy Design Data: Surveys | Qualitative Interviews


MAPPING KAMARAEDEI UTCA The street, Kamaraerdei utca in Budapest had never been mapped before; therefore, I along with my colleague collected its data from scratch. All protocols and considerations that need to be kept in mind while mapping were followed. Apart from the physical mapping protocols, I also learned how to use softwares like AutoCAD along with on-ďŹ eld GPS equipments. GIS Traineeship | Budapest Waterworks | Fall 2018 My role(s): Geo-spatial data collector, Analyst and designer Design capacities: Mapping | Illustration Technology: GPS | AutoCAD Data: Geo-spatial


SHEESH MAHAL (THE PALACE OF MIRRORS) The Sheesh Mahal zoetrope was an ode to the seventeenth-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. She had asked the emperor to bring her the stars. The emperor ordered the building of a marble pavilion laden with scores of tiny mirrors next to a shallow pool. Come nightfall, moonlight would reflect off the pool onto the mirrors to echo a sky full of stars. This zoetrope was installed in Karachi’s Burnes Garden as a placemaking intervention. Keeping immersion, interactivity, and visual clues in mind, the design of the zoetrope encouraged community and public interaction not only with itself, but also the park in which it was placed. Since it was inlaid with mirrors and colorful LED lights that reflected into the night sky, it was a great example of how technology could be used for social engagement and innovation. DIY City: Karachi and Manchester | Habib University | British Council | MadLab UK | Fall 2016 with Fatin Nawaz, Sakina Ijaz, Talha Kehar and Zoha Jabbar My role(s): Design thinker | Prototyper Design capacities: Interactive design | Design thinking Data: Surveys | Qualitative Interviews

QAMAR’S KITCHEN Qamar’s Kitchen was a prototype at the intersection of entrepreneurship, service design, women empowerment, and community engagement. Students, including myself, and staff at Habib University were unsatisfied with the quality, taste, and cost of the food being served at the university cafeteria. Being already privy to the nuances of the problem, I prototyped a food delivery service, and iterated it twice a week for a semester. I sat down with my mother, who cooks delicious food, and ideated a simple, tasty, and low-cost menu. I took orders from students and staff, and delivered the food my mother cooked.


Through this, not only were the students and staff satisfied but my mother also felt very empowered since her skills were being used for her economic benefit. Independent project | Spring 2017 My role(s): Design thinker | Community mobiliser | Service designer Design capacities: Human-centered design | Service design | Strategy design Data: Surveys | Qualitative Interviews


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