"O City of Lights.." by Amna Shahzad
Cities have been a chest of stories that it fabricates from its users of all kinds, the city of Lahore is no different. Using the medium of storytelling to describe and re-imagine the characteristics of the city as a personal understanding - the drawing is made to reflect the manifestation of narratives as experienced by Faiz Ahmad Faiz stated in his poem “City of Lights”.
“And beyond the fog lies the city of lights, oh city of lights.”
I developed an architectural drawing imaginatively amalgamating the core narrative with a singular motivation - to make people of the future understand the present of the city reflected through its past. This understanding has helped me to realize the importance of creative translation of history, culture, and literature of the character of my beloved City, Lahore.
“Let not night’s assault extinguish desire… tonight when you light your lamps, keep them burning aflame.”
O City of Lights..