Monthly Archives: September 2010

SocialVibe, a few clicks that could save lifes

Hello everyone if you are coming to visit my page, firstly thank you very much for doing so. I really appreciate your support and you taking the time to read my blog and I hope you do decide to participate in the various topics and discussions, giving your own views or just merely reading the blog. But please I just wanted to quickly say scroll down and on the bottom left hand side is a initiative called SocialVibe. SocialVibe state on their facebook page that “individuals make a positive, measurable impact for the charity of their choice just by completing branded activities. In just over a year’s time, the SocialVibe community has raised over $700,000 for over forty different non-profits.” Simply all you have to do is fill out a few activities (a few clicks) no personal information really required and big brands promise to help a charity by their initial promotion of you watching their video’s. Its a fantastic way of helping charities and branding at the same time. In a few clicks you could feed a child in Africa, help build a well for those water deprived in developing countries. Or help children with disabilities, depression or home difficulties . I liked the campaign to feed a child in a few clicks and many school children in developing countries could earn a meal by just you doing this very action. So please do if you can, thank you.

The Original Inception

We’ve all watched the movie and pondered at the ending but the painting below is the original Inception. For all those who did not watch the movie Inception directed by Christopher Nolan, is about the notion of constructing a persons dream, altering someone’s mind and the basic fabric of their dream. Making your design their own thoughts thus changing the future.

But from this beautiful painting portraying styles of Romanticism and naturalism. We see that this concept has been one many have dreamed of and painted. I myself have my own romantic ideals about the movie and the ending and think the concept/cinematography is both visually stunning and exciting. Putting people ‘s architectural imagination, creativity and originality to the test.  Altering spaces, places and modifying the standard typography of the ever-changing architectural grid. What utopias would you create in your dream? or what spaces would you construct or deconstruct?  Let your imagination wonder, your dreams are just the beginning.

Fill a box for the flood victims in Pakistan

As we are all very aware the tragic floods in Pakistan have devastated many lives and has affected the local housing, community and infrastructure. Affecting over 4 million people, leaving a vast number homeless, without the basic human essentials of shelter, clean water and food. The scale of the devastation has said to be worse than that of Haiti, the South-East Asian tsunami and the Kashmir earthquake combined. There has been a great number of charities helping and all the well known charities are involved in some sort of initiative to raise funds. Its been distressing to hear that a lot of people have not been donating, the British public raised  more then 100 million in the first week for Haiti, the even vaster natural disaster in Pakistan just raised a mere 10 million in the first week. A lot of people are afraid where the money is going to be sent, and if it is going to actually reach the people, but there are many well known charities declaring aid will be delivered asap or have delivered/delivering aid even as I write this. Recognised charities such as D.E.C (disaster emergency committee) which have been advertising on the TV and local transport all around London.

On Sunday the 19th sept, Imperial university and probably many other university campuses set up a campaign to fill a box. The aim was to pack boxes of vital food supplies and other goods in ‘survival boxes’ and send them to the flood victims. PIA  (Pakistan international airline) are transporting the goods for free and kindly the organisers at Imperial were providing boxes and free transportation for the goods to the airport.

Each box containing the following:
1 x cotton sheet
1 x pack of dates
2 x 1.5L bottles of mineral water
Chocolate
2 x packets of sweet biscuits
2 x packets of salted biscuits
12 x small cartons of juice
Crisps
1.5L of long-life milk
2 x sachets of oral rehydration solution
Plastic glasses
2 x bars of soap

It was fantastic to go along and help fill the boxes. It really put things into perspective when you see someone’s whole life before you in a 17 by 17 inch box. How lucky we are and the very least we can do is either help fill a box or give a little loose change to people bucket collecting. For fellow human beings who’s life supplies can be contained within a corrugated card board box. A lot of people may worry but what would you rather do, just sit back and see millions of people suffer. I know what we all should be doing, but I hope and ask that anyone who is reading this you do take the time to help at least for the millions of children affected. Finally I just wanna give a big shout out and embarrass my friends Saf and Taufiq for gathering their friends and students to get involved. Heading down to Imperial and for actually taking the time to trek around and drive to big super stores/shops to purchase all these items. All I merely did was turn up, pack a few boxes, but they were the real super stars of the day. Along side with the hard working students who we met at Imperial College London.

Upwards and onwards

During the last couple of months, I have been fascinated by the sky, yes the sky! Usually carrying my SLR around with me ready to whip out at the sight of a beautiful sunrise or sunset all over the London skylines. Maybe this weird infatuation is due to the extensive amount of documentaries I watch, national geo for one, or any type of environmental/space or historical based shows. The subliminal need to see and to associate picturesque scenes around me from all the documentaries that have entered my mind. It may also be due to my Architectural background that I feel compelled to stop and watch these sunsets mirrored in the reflection of certain buildings, the ever changing sky above reflected in the ever changing landscape. The need to have a perfect photoshopped sunset included in a section I may draw during the day. Who knows! But recently on my travels whether it be coming back from my daily commute or around random treks around London, I have witnessed the most beautiful skies. It were as if the creator is proving his creation to me.

I’ve been given the odd weird glance and understandably so as at traffic lights i have held my SLR directly skywards instead of crossing the street. Which in my defense, was something that i had to do. But I urge everyone to have a look up once in a while, forget exotic South America, and beautiful skylines of Africa and Asia. London and other urban cities can be just as beautiful! keep watching the skies people, and i’m sure you’ll see something just as spectacular as I have.