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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Empty Doha...

The Pearl roundabout...

It's the day before Eid, and Doha is empty...

Not many people on the streets... The malls echo hollow... The school's in a non-crowded state...

Good times...

A mall-lobby at the Pearl...

The VCUQatar parking lot...

The top floor event space at VCUQatar...

The MFA Studio...

The MFA Faculty Studio/ Offices (still being assembled)...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Design Details No. 23 - Bar Code Food Shop, Helsinki...

The bar-code food-store. The selection stretches across three adjacent facades...

A 'Bar-Code Food Store' found at the central railway station in Helsinki. Here one simply scans the relevant barcodes of the products one wishes to purchase, checks out, and the order will be delivered to the provided address on the agreed upon date... Nice... 

A close-up of the Bar-Code Food-Store...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

LLGA Citymart Award Design...

One award, in a 'neighborhood' of awards...
A few images of a award design we made for the LLGA Citymart / Cities Summit event, which this year took place at the London City Hall - GLA (Greater London Authority) located a stone-throw away from the Tower-Bridge. 

The 3D Printed award, which depicts a somewhat abstracted and wire-framed set of buildings and public spaces, also include the letters 'LLGA' hidden within each of the design's five visible planes... 

Apparently London Mayor Boris Johnson thought the award design was, quote, 'one beautiful object'... 

Good times... 

You can read more about the event by clicking here... 


The award's building like elements spell out 'LLGA' in each of its five visible planes...

The top view/ plane of the award...



London Mayor Boris Johnson (left) handing an award to one of the winners...

Sasha Hasselmayer (right), one of the founders of the event and Citymart organization, with some award recipients...

Some additional award recipients...

Julia Hasselmayer (center), one of the organizers of the event...

The event took place at the London City Hall... 
London City Hall, designed by Lord Norman Foster, from the outside...

View from the London City Hall...

All photos provided by Citymart or sourced from the Citymart flicker page/ photo stream...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Paolo's Leaving...

(Pseudo) Paolo posing...
Our dear friend and colleague Paolo Cardini and his family are leaving Doha's sandy plains for Rhode Island's greener pastures, where he's taking up an Associate Professorship at RISD

We wish him and his family all the best, though they will be sorely missed... May they bring the same catalytic spark and nous to their new friends in the States as they have bestowed on us here in Qatar over the past three years... 

Keep in touch Paolo, Valeria and offspring. Hope to catch up with you all soon... 


(Quasi) Paolo posing in mask (niqab)...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Acquiring Modernity in Process - the Kuwaiti Pavilion at the Venice Biennale…


Maysaa's currently in Venice as a part of the team designing, building and assembling the Kuwaiti Pavilion for the Venice Biennale. The included images from the pavilion, all sourced from the pavilion's website, which is titled Acquiring Modernity, aims to, as the website states, "...restage the celebratory opening of the Kuwait National Museum. During the rest of the six-month exhibition, the team will continue developing their investigations concerning the role of the institution towards a more meaningful definition of its program(s), preferably in unison with the renovation efforts that began in April 2014 between the NCCAL and Pace to resuscitate the currently underused building. Encouraging an expanded understanding of architectural heritage that is inclusive of modernist structures is also an important objective of this project. We ask ourselves, what is the future of heritage in Kuwait? 


Very much looking forward to how it all comes together…  The event opens to the public on June 7, 2014… 

The exhibition is curated by Alia Farid (her website is currently being updated, but can eventually be accessed here)… 

All images sourced from the Acquiring Modernity website and their Facebook Page…