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Art & Design Degree Show 2021

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Hina Syed
Walls Of Reverie
Hina Syed
Walls Of Reverie

Through architectural design, Hina Syed has posed the question, how can buildings create opportunities to establish new relationships?”.

Our societies can be divided into two fractions: collectivist or individualistic, based on how each group prioritises their relations and lives. We have become accustomed to individualists lifestyles that have cocooned us into a bubble of self-interest and self-gain, which can only extend to relatives and friends. Individualism is often engrained into the societal code of developed countries, however, as the world went through the pandemic, our lives were forcefully distanced and yet we have never been so united together – living separated but so similarly – connected to each other through the growth of virtual means. Despite the trials of the past year, we have also seen various acts of endurance, kindness, and sacrifice for others. As we emerge from the Coivd-19 pandemic, Syed has drawn on collectivist principles to create a space that allows people to reconnect with the outside world and public spaces and encourage people to come back together.

Walls of Reverie is a positive and inviting space, where people feel comfortable, open, and free with one another. An intentional space for collectivism it aims to decrease the rate of anti-social behaviour and increase helping behaviours, bringing society back together.

Walls of Reverie
Intertwined and jumbled writings symbolise our interconnectness to each other.
Contemplation
Visitors leave messages.
Individualism vs. Collectivism
Reverie (Noun): A state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream.