“J’ornay Ka Kaam” (PATCHWORKS)



Name: Huzefah Haroon

Nationality: Pakistani

Institution / Company: The Anomaly Lab


Name: Markus Berger

Nationality: Austrian

Institution / Company: The Repair Atelier


Name: Ahmad Shabbar

Nationality: Pakistani

Institution / Company: Garbagecan (Pvt.) Ltd


-FINALIST of Waste Pavilion Competition


“J’ornay Ka Kaam”, a conceptual, metamorphotic and literal Patchwork that includes the “Mix” of backgrounds of our society, the “Hash” of craft traditions, the “Jumble” of colors, the “Medley” of offered courses, the “Mishmash” of the educated and uneducated at RLCC, the “Salad” of organic greens, the “Miscellany” of programs. 

“J’ornay Ka Kaam”, a community composed of pieces of various colors, shapes, figures, -some incongruous -adapted parts with the ingenuity of “jugaad”. An irregular composed patched out of necessity, brought together as a thing patched up in order to create a familiar, safe new whole. 

The design, construction and materials for the building of the envisioned “Vocational Training center” at RLCC (Empowering women in Karchi, Pakistan; https://rlccpk.org/) follows the same inspiration as the “J’ornay Ka Kaam”, or ‘Rilli’ or ‘Ralli’  (the traditional bedspreads and quilts handmade by women from remote villages of Sindh). This approach generates a building that: REUSES, RECYCLES, SUSTAINS, CREATES, INSPIRES, GENERATES AWARENESS, BUILDS FAMILIARITY, and ESTABLISHES SAFTY.

J’ornay Ka Kaam involves the sewing (welding, screwing, …) together pieces of “fabric” (previously used or discarded metals, elements such as doors, window-grills, paper, textiles. These elements are carefully collected from RLCC’s own site, the neighborhood, donated and found in the larger city. Archived, sorted, upcycled and re-engineered into basic building elements and then assembled together.


#Patchwork #shipbreaking #jumble #medley #community building

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