A Glimpse at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture’s Recent Community

Service Projects

Community service has remained an integral part of School’s philosophy and academic programmes since its inception. IVS community engages itself on both national and international level in the areas of capacity building, recreational spaces, social issues, art therapy etc. Here is a small glimpse of IVS involvement in the community service.

Creative Crosswalks

This assignment was supervised by Ms. Sana Burney, Assistant Professor – Foundation Programme in duration of two weeks (from Oct 18th  to 27th 2017), three days a week. Two groups of students (A & C) of Design 1 Studio were involved in the activity. The concept was to transform boring streets into creative crosswalks by painting innovative design elements and also about serving the community i.e. neighborhood around our campus. Traffic issues around IVS have been unresolving from many years and road markings had been missing. The idea of Zebra crossing incorporated with design executed on three different places of front side of IVS gate. It was very well received by the community and appreciated by many people from school and outside school.

Murals at Civil Hospital and DUHS

Foundation Programme students of year 2017 of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) prepared five (5) large sized murals under the community-based project as an integral part of their curriculum. This was a collaborative project of IVS, Karachi and Civil Hospital, Karachi.

Professor Dr. Khawar Saeed Jamali, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) played an eminent role in designating prominent space for these murals in OPD ward of Civil Hospital and in the main waiting area of DUHS.

The theme of these murals was ‘Nature’ so that some comforting and pleasant images are introduced to the environment of trauma in a hospital. Foundation Year students created these colorful murals under the supervision of their faculty and IVS graciously extended the logistical support in transportation and installation of these pieces on the site.

One mural (4 ft x 8 ft size) was installed at Dow University and four murals, two (4 ft x 8 ft size) and two (4 ft x 4 ft size) were installed at the Civil Hospital OPD ward on 2nd  February 2018.

Residence Design: An Energy Efficient Habitat

As part of the School’s community outreach programme and Architecture Design and Research Lab’s vision to serve those unable to employ architectural design services, two final year students from the Department of Architecture, Usama Hassan and Zeeshan Mughal, designed the residence of Mr. Dost Muhammad under the supervision of Assistant Professor Sami Chohan. A chauffer and father of five, Mr. Dost Muhammad is a proud owner of a small piece of land in Korangi Township, measuring 25 ft by 45 ft. Keeping in view the socio-economic standing and cultural values of the family in mind, Usama and Zeeshan designed the residence as an energy efficient habitat relying on passive cooling strategies for maximizing comfort. Sandwiched between two neighbouring houses, the residence features three open to sky voids strategically placed along the length of the residence. These voids allow the breeze to flow through the residence on the one hand, and bring ample natural light into the various spaces on the other. The use of traditional jaali or perforated latticed screen on the front not only aids this process, but provides privacy from the residence across the narrow street. The first of these voids houses a stair connecting the three levels of the residence, including the rooftop. The second void sits at the center, serving as an extension to the family room and the kitchen. The third linear void sits at the deep end of the residence allowing access to the rear street. The rooftop serves as a place for the children to play and the parents to relax under the evening skies of Karachi.

Despite a limited area to work with, Usama and Zeeshan managed to incorporate five bedrooms, two family rooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen and a small parking space for the breadwinner’s auto – all this along with the three voids.

IVS ADRL is now in search of funds to turn Mr. Dost Muhammad’s dream into reality.

Fashion Street

Revitalizing the original fashion precinct of Elphinstone Street, Karachi.

The 4th year design studio in the Department of Interior Design addresses problems of advanced complexity and integrative solutions to design problems in the community. Adaptive re-use and sustainable design form the primary focus of this year. As part of the 4th year design studio, students were allotted a 0.5km stretch of Elphinstone street (now known as Zaibunissa Street) to analyze in relationship to its urban context. They then documented the street profile, conducted façade studies and surveyed the interior spaces of these existing buildings. After conducting this investigation, students picked a heritage building located on this street and proposed a typology and programme within that building. This was an attempt to revitalize the very first fashion street of Karachi by introducing typologies based on fashion streets around the world.

The Department has planned a liaison with “TEESPIRIT CO”, a company aimed at reinventing a wholly modern approach to fashion with a strong core of luxury essentials with an urban and youthful spirit. The documentation produced by the students will be printed on t-shirts, mugs etc along with text explaining the history and context of the heritage buildings and marketed and sold online through TEESPIRIT CO.

Design for Social Cause

The 2nd year design studio in Interior Design emphasizes on macro and micro issues that influence human factors in design solutions. Taught as a residential component, the studio aims at examining shelter precedents and theory for hypothesis testing as a basis of problem solving.

Students were asked to design the interior of a concrete storm drain pipe, with special consideration towards conceptual development and ergonomics as well as anthropometry. Keeping in mind this was for people who live on the streets and need a safe, crawl space just to spend a few moments. The site given to students was the space under the bridge adjacent to the Bahria Town project near the Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mazaar. The project was an initiative to create a better environment for the street citizens of Karachi.

Sustaining Age-old Textile Craft Traditions

The Textile Department is involved in extensive community service to help revive and sustain age-old textile craft traditions of Pakistan. A number of workshops are conducted, which include visits of the crafts persons to the school campus or student and faculty groups working in their own environment. The focus and aim of this exercise is to work with the existing craft, maintain quality control and make it functional for contemporary usage without taking away the identity of the indigenous craft. Emphasis is placed upon the diversification of product range, which is acceptable by the urban users and is marketable.

The Textile Department has established a design shop by the name of KAHANI on campus to facilitate the artisan community by providing a platform to test and sell their products.

Collaboration with Community World Service Asia

Textile Department collaborated with Community World Service Asia (CWSA) and worked extensively with the skilled women artisans in Thatta and Umerkot districts. Multiple skill enhancement training workshops were conducted by the faculty for approximately 1000 artisans and a prototype collections were developed for home and apparel products with urban design sensibilities.

A brand identity was established for CWSA and the brand was launched by the name of TAANKA from the platform of PFDC in Lahore.

Workshop for Karachi Down Syndrome Programme

Textile Department is working with KDSP to facilitate and provide training to the adults with Down Syndrome who are part of the Karachi Down Syndrome Programme Family network, with the Introduction to weaving techniques and first-hand experience of hand loom weaving to enhance their skill set and learning.