Hamid Shahi



MOR Screening in Canada was a success

After screening our film MOR in Japan, we were so grateful to have an opportunity to screen in during Ottawa Architecture Week in Canada. It was very valuable to hear many different feedbacks from the amazing people who attended this event. Their time, energy and positive feedback on that night made our journey much brighter. Special thanks to all our friends, colleagues, and mentors who attended to support this event.

Photos: @artofeffah @rednarvasa @vdearch and @liam.yeaman 






Voice of the River - OAW Talks

It is an absolute pleasure to be invited to present about my thesis topic “Voice of the River” during the Ottawa Architecture Week. This year the theme is “Under Water”, where representatives from both architecture, design, and research communities will share their perspectives on Ottawa’s Resiliency, Recycling, Rebuilding, Reclaiming, Remembering, and more.⁠
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Join us at the Peter A. Herrndorf Place, located at the beautiful National Arts Centre, Ottawa on October 4th, 2019.⁠




Hello Wood Festival

I am really grateful that I had an opportunity to participate in Hello Wood summer school and festival 2019 alongside amazing talents from all around the world. 20 amazing projects was built during one
week long, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the festival with the theme of
Carnival.
I took part of building the Party Temple project along side Martial Marquet, Vojtech Nemec, Nikolaj Srdić Kranjc, Jemima Brakspear, Winson Yeung, and Karolina Krzyżanowska. The experience was inspiring and memorable as we pushed the boundaries working with wood in every project. 

To read more about all the projects please read the recent publication by Archdaily



Ottawa Riverkeeper’s Gala

This year Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala was a great success and I am so grateful that I had a pleasure to volunteer and participate along all the amazing souls. I on behalf of Unify Design Art, donated one of the Unify Boxes that I designed in collaboration with Glass Artisans Alvanblour and Homayoun. 

Here are some beautiful moments from the event:
Click to see the photos

more information about the Gala:
https://www.riverkeepergala.com/


Exploring Bamboo

I recently visited Barbados for the second time where I found an opportunity to learn more about this beautiful island and its amazing people. Through my explorations of existing local materials, I found a small area of non-native bamboo forest that was accessible to me to start investigating its qualities. During this process, I shared a video documentation on my Instagram explaining my attempt, and why I decided to harvest them. After spending a few days, I learned so much working with this plant material.  At the same time, I researched a lot to understand its potentials of which have inspired me in learning to continue my pursuit of exploring this material through architecture and design. Hopefully in near future, I can learn more from experts who have dedicated their lives working with, and promoting this type of material, which has been proven to be very sustainable and great source for building material around the world. 


Successful Master’s Thesis Defense

After 8 years of making, I’m very happy and blessed to announce that my thesis presentation defence went very well and I’m thankful for this milestone and growth.

Couldn’t ask for a better Advisor, amazing Guest Critics, groups of wonderful and talented Friends and Colleagues. Special Thanks to those amazing souls who supported me on this journey and also those who dedicated time to come and watch my defence presentation. Photos by Sepi



Diluvio Presentation

During our opening on Friday March 22, we had an amazing opportunity to present the underlying ideas behind the  Diluvio sculptural installation and how it has drawn inspiration from Leonardo’s deluge drawings and his studies of the dynamics of the flow of water, air, light, shadows and energy. Thanks to everyone who came to support this project on the opening. All are welcome to visit Diluvio until early May 2019 in MacOdrum Library, Ottawa. Canada. 


City as Water Way

I am honoured to be selected to present my research topic “City as Water Way” for Seventh Annual Carleton Art History Graduate Student Conference organized by AHGSS. With the desire of bringing more awareness to the Ottawa River and other rivers around the world, I believe in the twenty first century, there is a need to fully understand and have knowledge on not only how to interact with, but learn how to protect the rivers.


Diluvio

I would like to invite my friends in Ottawa to join us for a public presentation of Diluvio, a sculptural installation inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s deluge drawings, and a reception in the MacOdrum Library beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019.

Diluvio is the result of Crossings Interdisciplinary Workshop lead by Prof Manuel Baez that is underlying ideas behind the installation and how it has drawn inspiration from Leonardo’s deluge drawings and his studies of the dynamics of the flow of water, air, light, shadows and energy. 

For more information visit here.


Pulse

I am thrilled to announce that my new design Pulse is shortlisted for ein und zwanzig 2019 by the German Design Council. I am incredibly proud to be the first Designer to present Canada for this award competition. 

http://www.ein-und-zwanzig.com/awardees/pulse

An impressive international jury will designate soon the 21 winners out of the shortlist who will have the chance to be invited to Milan to exhibit their work at Milan Design Week 2019. 
Special thanks to my mentor Prof Manuel Baez for inspiring me, as well as my talented girlfriend Erin Allen who assisted me to develop this idea. Also many thanks to my great talented friend Daniel @artofeffah for his amazing documentation, photographing Pulse. ⁣


MOR - Tokyo Screening

We had a fantastic time screening our film in Tokyo. We are so grateful for this opportunity to connect with more amazing people through this film. 

After screening the film, we were so grateful to have an opportunity to talk more about the film and have a dialogue around community. It was very fruitful to hear many different feedbacks from the amazing people who attended this event. Their time, energy and positive feedback on that night made our journey much brighter. Special thanks to all our friends, colleagues, and mentors who attended to support this event.

 Photos by Yasuhito Iwata 


MOR - Kamaishi Screening

On Feb 16 2019, we screened our film in Kamaishi , where many people lost their lives during the disaster and many others still carry their sad memories, but thankfully we were able to connect with the community, engage in great conversation and and get feedback from them. We learned so much from their treasurable stories, ideas and their perspective towards their current communities. We are so grateful for this opportunity to reconnect with Kamaishi through this film. Their time and energy on that night made our journey much brighter.

Special thanks to Kibihara Family for helping us to organize the event. 

先週の土曜日に釜石での上映会を行い、地元の方々や春休みの間釜石にインターンに来ている大学生など多くの方にお越しいただきました。
この一年半黙々と制作に取り組んで来ましたが、今回お一人おひとりの感想をお聞きすることができ、この映画を作った意味がだんだんと実感できていました。上映会の機会を提供してくださった黍原さんご家族、そして釜石の皆さん、本当にありがとうございました!

شنبه هفته پيش براى اولين بار فيلم ما در شهر كامايشى در حضور جوانان فعال ان شهر با موفقيت اكران شد. خدارو شكر واكنش خوبى از انها ديديم كه سبب گفتگو صميمانه فراتر درباره حال و احوال امروز جامعه انان شد




MOR - The Moment of Realization」 上映会

What an astounding stage of richness these past two years have brought to me, Rikako Takahashi, and Erin Allen. Many thanks to the incredible architects who believed in our initiative for this film.  And lastly, thank you to those who supported us and took part in this extraordinary honour, especially to our mentor Jim Giles.

MOR” is a film about every person’s potential, creativity and compassion that lies at the root of their nature. We wanted to explore that moment of realization, when a person sees and understands their path in life, to use their skills to relate to others, to explore our individual creativity, and to use our passion to improve ourselves and our world.

We are enormously proud of what we created and we are delighted to screen this film for the first time to the public in Kamaishi and Tokyo this month. For more details please visit the links below:  

Saturday February 16 2019
18: 30 - 20: 30 @ Sanriku Komaki, Kamaishi
 https://momentofrealization-kamaishi.peatix.com/

Friday February 22 2019
19: 00 - 21: 00 @ SHIBAURA HOUSE, Tokyo
https://momentofrealization.peatix.com/

Looking forward to meet everyone in Japan




Transition

During the transition from Summer to Fall, now is a great time to look back at summer time and meditate on the memorable moments that all of us experienced.

I certainly went through a lot of memorable moments, dialogues and experiences. Somehow amazing and someway productive. How about you? Did you meet all your summer goals? Did you do everything that you had on your to-do list?  I certainly didn’t! I am sure we all tried to make the most out of it. I made a lot of new friendships instead, explored more, contemplated a lot on just being and getting closer to my inner peace. 

I get a sense that a new path is waiting, to discover more, to learn more and to enjoy more…

for all of us together.



Kengo Kuma Inspired

One of the most memorable of our experiences in Japan took place one night, suspended over the streets of Tokyo, the wind gently brushing through the bamboo trees of the temple next door. It was close to midnight, with all of our cameras set up and questions ready, when a man I had come to admire and deeply respect came walking calmly up the stairs of his internationally renowned office, one of the best in the world. 

Kengo Kuma San as always, so kind, peaceful respectful and attentive for one of the most famous architects on earth. To interview Kuma San after working in his office for over two months was an honour, a privilege and an immeasurable joy. He met every question with calm deliberation, astounding wisdom and humility. 

Hearing of all his experinces growing up from a young boy, evolving through the years in his respect for materials, for craftspeople and for learning from others, I began to feel as through suspended in time, witnessing a precious outflow of wisdom. 

Needless to say, the last interview of our time spent in Japan was well worth the wait, and I can truly say it has informed us past the projects we work on, but provided an experience that we will surely refer back to in every decision we make for the rest of our careers.


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Hamid Shahi

Kengo Kuma San

Kengo Kuma and Hamid Shahi

Rikako Takahashi, Genki Yada, Kengo Kuma, Hamid Shahi and Erin Allen


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