Wazir Anwar Ali – our fantastic project manager/contractor is an eighteen year old
talented lad. His days begin at six am. Hes a jack of all – and master of all as well. He manages tasks on site, runs errands, talks politics, occasionally goes through his angrezi moods practicing his English with me, indulges in never ending discussions with Ibtesam regarding the slightest of costs on site (conversations that are capable of prompting a mild head spin), rants, laughs like a shy boy, and – aspires to be a world class footballer. Continue reading
After a week in the mountains, in Karimabad, Murtazaabad and Ataabad in Hunza, Gilgit, Phandar and Skardu, we will finally be on our way to Shigar in the afternoon today. Filmed rock carvings of the buddha in Skardu yesterday, and went to a nearby spring to fill real water for our poor travelled tummies. Continue reading
So, yesterday morning in Skardu, I ran into a reporter from a local television channel. I was sitting in someone's office and the 'Garden in Shigar' documentary was playing when in he walked. He watched a few bits and bobs, then proceeded to scurry out of the room, but then came back at the end just in time for tea, sweet yellow soft fluffy Skardu patees and mayo sandwiches (the special kind they serve in PIA). Continue reading
In accord with the richness of the culture, the beauty of the mountainous Shigar valley, and the arduous exploits of the mountaineer Luigi Amedeo Abruzzi, after whom the school is named, I set out to help design, build and provide a garden in the surrounds of the Abruzzi school building. My idea was to help design a public space that is not informed by the image society has for it – but to shift gear and create a space that is neither home, nor work, nor school, but a ' Third Space'. A nuanced and useful aesthetic – that of a teaching garden with its complex interplay between the students and their use of the space. '
Amongst the many considerations in my mind, the foremost were
synthesizing, and evalua
Become a favourite place, that will last a life time – a 'Heritage Site' for Shigar.