Focus 2019: Sustainability – Meet Hamza
My name is Hamza Shaikh and I am currently doing my Part 2 MArch at the University of Westminster and building my own Design Brand called Two Worlds Design. I completed my Part 1 at University for the Creative Arts’ Canterbury School of Architecture where I really evolved as a design student and realised my passion to use Architecture to encourage socio-political and psychological change. My current studio is looking at geopolitical contestations and exploring ways Architecture can orchestrate conflict resolution. We started our research with an emphasis on interpretative cartography which has informed our design proposals in very unique ways.
Sustainability seems to be a bit of an elephant in the room – not just the political realm but also in the field of Architecture. Of course, it’s a huge topic that every student is encouraged to learn about and implement in their design work but is it just a box to tick at the end of the day? It seems to be this way in the political arena too with the lack of action taken to create and legislate long term significant changes. Every time we witness a new world summit or policy makers talking about how important this issue is, it seems we are only left with a bunch of political jargon to fill our boots with. Heck, a lot people are actually still in denial about our climate crisis. My interest in the Focus project perhaps has a slightly different approach; I am curious as to how architecture can not only create unique sustainable programs and systems as part of the design strategy but also how we can influence and increase perception of the environmental issues we face. I believe we already have the right tools to make change but we just need the masses to act on it.