With this in mind, Hybrid was conceived in 2016. The Hybrid is a thematic periodical aimed at fostering a culture of research and writing at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and beyond. It is trans disciplinary in nature, and focuses primarily on those practices and researches that are interested in the application of any combination of art, design, architectural, and related genres, to issues of critical, cultural, political, and educational significance, inclusion, and social justice. It emphasizes praxis by providing a forum for research into the creative practices that exist within urban, academic, developmental, and other milieus, especially in the national and regional contexts of Pakistan and South Asia. The Hybrid offers a platform for disseminating both completed as well as in progress research, both established academic/practitioners’ and students’ research projects, as well as interview, photo essay, and portfolio sections. Its objective is to bring new and multiple perspectives, grounded in Pakistan and the region, to a local, regional and international audience, and to further pertinent debates.
A structured editorial board spearheads the Hybrid, and the second issue is set for publication in November 2018, with the intension that it will ultimately take the form of a refereed journal by 2019-2025.