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31 MAR


The Force that Drives You

31st March

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

The growing traffic across Pakistan has not only resulted in longer travel times but also an increase in head turning vehicles pulling up next to you. From the modified Civics to the restored VW we have seen them all at some point or another. This PechaKucha Night 'the force that drives you' brings forward those who not only have a passion for cars but also the enthusiasm to deliver. If you have ever worked on a project car, saved a car from being used for parts or even turned an average car into a masterpiece, start your engine, find pictures of endeavor and get ready to present!

The live audiences are the people of Islamabad and the virtual audience will be anyone and everyone across Pakistan who visits the Kuch Khaas page or the PechaKucha Islamabad city page. Show them that we don’t just travel on the metro. We ride in style!



Featured Presentation

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Ali Rahman Khan

Architect/Designer, Founder, AGEN-C K, Banjaiga in Islamabad

Ali Rahman Khan talks about how he learnt the importance of drifting in finding purpose in Architecture and Entrepreneurship through systems thinking.

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Defining Architecture Through Space, Articulation & Materials

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

Faisal Arshad talks about space articulation and materials in his projects, including his lake-house passion project. Space utilization, materials, nostalgia, nature, cultural values, family and even language all tie into his ideas of what architectural projects and their essence is all about.  Mr. Arshad's large collection of design and participation in architecture design all around the world bring wisdom and experience that makes for a great talk.

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The Walls

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

As a freelance architect, one is perhaps more free to engage with opportunities than when one is an employee at someone else’s firm; you can afford to take risks and pursue novel solutions to interesting problems. All of this feeds into developing an indigenous language for one’s own practice and creative expression. As architecture is firmly rooted in real world parameters, it is imperative that one understands the context within which the practice is taking place. This is not only restricted to physical parameters/contexts such as the environment and the terrain but also abstract concerns such as the desires of the client and their hopes and expectations. However, it’s not always easy. There are days when one does not want to deal with each and every trivial thing, opting to only pay attention to the creative ‘good’ stuff. However, it is important to remember that these so called ‘trivialities’ are necessary to the creative process. This presentation by Murtaza Bilal Ahmad is about striking that balance and the practice of architecture in general.
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Architecture and Public Spaces: Our perceptions, context, cultural and social resposibility

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

Communal spaces are about nurturing change. Public spaces are healthy interventions in the growth of a city, they always benefit arts and culture, they help bring people together to enjoy the city and each other. Fawad Suhail Abbasi talks about the role of architects in public spaces and what a perfect public space looks like.


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Pakistan's Metro Systems - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

The presentation by Awais Aqdus is about the metro systems that have been and are being constructed in Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, etc. Having such massive structures running through the city while the only purpose these forms are serving is an extra lane, solely to drive a bus. Comparing our metro system to those present in Rome, Berlin, London, is it necessary for us to show these massive bridges and is the urban space they have occupied justified? How does this affect our urban fabric? 

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Expressions and Reflections - Culture through Architecture

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

The best way to understand a traditional building’s architecture is to is to understand the culture that is reflected by it. Almost all countries have their societal and cultural values reflected in their architecture. This presentation by Ghousia Hussain Ahmed is about understanding the influence of culture on architecture that she has experienced during her travels across Pakistan and Europe. 

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An Architect's Journey

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

This presentation is about how, as an architect, Mustafa Naeem came across challenges and different styles in architecture and how he is still learning how vast this field is. Whenever he began to think about all he had achieved as a professional and felt that he had just about made it, something new would crop out of the corner. His message to people and students of architecture is to keep exploring and never quit.



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Conscious Tectonics

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

Masshal Saif at Khaam Studios is working on exploring the relationship of materials and sculptor. She and her team are experimenting with the fusion of tangible and intangible with concrete and a variation of porous materials. 

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@ VOL 3 ON MAR 10, 2018

Threshold is defined as a doorway to be crossed at a transition from one place to another. Understanding the context of this statement on architecture, one has to see the diversity and the division within any metropolitan city, a city contains multiple worlds, with diverse cultures, existing in parallel, aware of each other, but seldom intersecting. It is the intersection of these spheres which is the focus of this presentation by Hasan Lashari - The threshold.



Calling All Grease Monkeys!

For all the times you were told that nothing good will come from your obsession with cars, for every time you had to spend money on your car instead of yourself and for every time you spent your day off working on your car. Know that every time someone appreciated your car (in front of you or behind you) made all that effort worth it. In this volume of PechaKucha Nights we will be talking about Cars and what it takes to make them more than just transport.
For details visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/437154766704525/ or email us on info@kuchkhaas.org

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About the City's Organizers

  • Michelle Tania Butt

    Michelle Tania Butt is the CEO of Kuch Khaas - The Centre for Arts, Culture and Dialogue. She has worked for over 20 years in education, social and development sectors, both locally and internationally. She has many creative and socially conscious projects to her credit her favourite being organising art workshops for thousands of street children each year. Creating any kind of beauty, with a purpose and for a cause is what makes her get up every morning!

  • Mustafa Ali Khan

    An accountant by qualification, a Program Manager by profession, an actor at heart. Has performed in 7 theatrical plays in Islamabad and a feature film. Currently working at Kuch Khaas initiating, coordinating, and managing events/programs. Also likes reading, photography and long walks on the beach.

  • Ayesha Fazlur Rahman

    Ayesha is a blog writer, a gardening enthusiast and an avid traveller. She loves craft specially making doll houses for her niece. Professionally, she is a development sector consultant (Education) and has been a school teacher for a decade.

  • Farrukh Ahmed

    Standup comedian and Qawwali enthusiast certified by CIMA as a management accountant. Graduated from the University of Huddersfield in Accounting & Finance, currently spending his days organizing events, managing talent, writing blogs and opening events for performers from across the globe. As one of the team leads of the largest public mural created in Islamabad I have learned that Wile E Coyote was a great artist for his brilliant paintings of tunnels on walls.

  • Maham Masood

    Maham Masood graduated from Beachonhouse National University Lahore in the year 2014. She has worked at Satrang Gallery, Morango films, Bling Studios and presently teaching at NCA Rawalpindi, and Kuch Khaas. She has worked on various projects ranging from festival branding “60 second Int Film Festival". UI designs for IOS and Android, project funded by the USAID and the American Embassy know as "In The Loop" focused on children eduction. Art direction for Ufone Ad with incision Films. Maham has been a part of the creative team designing the Air Blur Calendar 2018 at Bling Studios. She has designed brochures and reports for Jacaranda Health Club DHA and Water Aid (NGO) as well as promotional content for short films.