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a life in architecture

Three very different spaces delight Tariq Ali, playwright, novelist and political commentator. The first is a new residential Institute for Women's Studies in Lahore, designed by Fawzia Qureshi, a young Pakistani woman architect. Ali describes it as a three-storey building, on a tiny plot, which carefully combines Islamic and Modernist design traditions and fosters a sense of community; internal spaces, including a courtyard and terraces, are bathed in natural light.

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