Monthly Archives: December 2008

Community building I designed.

I am still awaiting the grades for this design project i submitted last Friday. I will be getting my grades only after the new year. Anyway the following exterior and interior images give a glimpse of how it looks. It is placed in a very rough area in newcastle where unemployment is rampant hence the high rates of anti social behaviour.

As a result the building is of a robust design for sustainability and long life, a community centre has to reflect the history of the place and hence many design elements of the building take precedence from historical and cultural influences of the area, for instance the use of brick from derelict and fire burnt houses in the vicinity.

As much as possible i have refrained from using artificial energy during the daytime and have made maximum provisions for natural and artificial ventilation. Balconeys have been used as shading devices. The Site is perched on a hill with a panoramic view of scotswood bridge, and the intention is that it would project itself as a beacon to the vehicular movement by the bridge when it is lit up in the night.

Front Elevation.

Exterior Perspective.

Interior Perspective of main seating area and circulation space.

Many of my friends argued that having a large area of glazing would be very tempting and vulnerable to an anti social behaviour, but if the community building was very much integrated in the activities of the community and was very much a tool that engages every sector in the community in a cohesive integrated social framework it would mitigate anti social sentiments. Even though the 3D’s dont reflect this,louvers are in provision to protect the building from summer time overheating.

Anyway my 3Ds need more working on, but i personally was content with my approach to the project. Would appreciate your comments and criticism.



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This man can spit!

elephant and the mahout spit

I know there are people who put the fire brigade to shame when they spit! but this man in the picture is some spitter! I took this image during one of our many family outings when i was at home, he probabaly is a mahout and took a dip in the water while his elephant was having a wash. Click image to see large!

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Shoes thrown at Bush have been traced to Pakistan!

The pair of shoes thrown at Mr.Bush has been traced to Pakistan, reporters claim.

The journalist had visted pakistan 20 years ago where he held secret talks with the Cobblers liberation Islamic Party (CLIP) a notorious organisation known for its lethal shoe throwing tactics. He is said to have been trained by this organisation to conduct shoe based warfare. He is said to have had alliances with Richard Reid who was arrested attempting to bomb a plane with explosive substances found in his shoe.

The DNA sample of leather has revealed that the animal whose skin was
used for manufacturing the shoe had traces of grass which is grown in north
of Pakistan and this skin was collected by a Jihadi organization on

A country wide operation against all cobblers is now deeply in swing in pakistan.


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Ministry of Indigenous medicine to grow its own Weed!

Well heres a story!! the governemnt is to grow its own weed!

Now where will all these culminate at! Apparently the ministry of Indigenous medicine is to grow its own Marijuana, and that too 4000 kg a year on a 20 acre farm!

Bob Marley must be hating himself for being jamaican! why oh why couldnt he have been born here when we are starting (at least planning)to legally grow it! albeit the fact that at the moment they are getting some stocks from the courts of law, because there are people who grow this cannabis illegally and they have been raided by the police!

Talk about starting a new venture with an even newer type of capital!


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A shoe in hand is worth two in a bush!

This is quite amusing. There is now a flickr group where pictures of shoes have to be posted to commemorate shoes being thrown at George Bush. Its interesting how people find so many ways of articulating there emotions, and a flickr group of all things! and that too about shoes!

May be the journalists shoes can become a collectors item! imagine it being in a museum titled “a boot in hand is worth two in a bush”.

Who knows, Nike may design a shoe to match the style. I am sure there will be quite an amount of anti bush folks willing to buy them.


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Hitler wanted a united Eid!

Hitler very badly wanted to celebrate his birthday! But there was confusion as to when Eid was in Muslim countries and he had a big problem in deciding what to do or whether his birthday will be celebrated in the right fashion in Muslim countries, check the Video Hilarious!

Over the past decade intensely (and even longer in a not so intense way) there has been controversy about the date that Eid should be celebrated on. Technically if the crescent was sighted and there are two independent witnesses then Eid can be celebrated, and if anyone was fasting on that day he should break his fast.

The Theologians back at home have this notoriety for procrastinating the announcement of Eid, and more often than not folks at home end up celebrating Eid a day after the correct day according to the Islamic Calender.

Some people who realise this celeberate the festival on the correct day according to the Islamic Calender and defy the verdict of the theologians, and some others wait for the verdict of the theologians before they celeberate. Perhaps the folks who celeberate Eid irrespective of the verdict may be celeberating on the correct date, but i for one celeberate with the Majority simply because there should not be two eids and it should not reflect disunity in the community. This is a very controversial and deep issue and i am underqualified to comment. Bottomline, i am not an “international pora” as those who celeberate early are identified as.

Check this Video! btw the video doesnt feed into my facebook, so if you are seeing this in my fb page you will have to view original post, the video is worth it.

Wish everyone a Peaceful and Joyous Eid. !


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Sunset in Galle

Sunset,Boats and Sillhouettes


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