Artist Statement

Enfold pavilion offers a versatile personal space for visitors of all ages on the BeltLine to pause in its magical colorful atmosphere. The interactive spatial experience hosts a topographical cloud of clear tiles floating in the air with messages/names of loved ones as a memorial during this challenging time.

Enfold pavilion addresses the contextual relationship of people moving through the BeltLine and its diverse atmospheric landscapes to explore color, form, pattern, transparency and tectonics. The project questions the notion of the house as a standard A-frame polygon: a metaphor for personal memories, dreams, and aspirations. The form twists, turns, and tapers, using digital tools to create a more complex form. It goes through a metamorphosis representing the resiliency of architecture and people, including multi-generational designers in conversation. Enfold provides a personal space for people to interact, pause and reflect. The interactive spatial experience includes writing messages/names for their loved ones and hanging them to create a topographical cloud as a private memorial to contemplate. The city unfolds in its multiplicity as one looks out or sits in one of the benches framing views as a sign of hope.

Each frame is fabricated using Baltic birch plywood CNC’d with a pre-engineered joinery system that comes together as a linear pavilion. Each frame surface gets a custom color to create a visual play on the senses as per specifications. Enfold pavilion provides a personal space for pause and reflection in its magical, colorful atmosphere during this critical time


Artist Bio

Zamila Karimi ‘s work explores the intersection between art, architecture, and design to transform how we engage with one another to inspire dialogue across cultural, ethnic, and geographic boundaries in contemporary Public Space.  She uses her interdisciplinary background to question current public spaces as sites of actions, possibilities and promises through spatial and social justice issues. She believes in the power of design to build bridges amongst diverse communities and architects/designers’ role as social agents of change to question the norm, whether through place-making strategies or addressing challenges around shelter | homelessness. Her numerous temporary interactive installations within the public space and community organizations nationally and internationally help disseminate her research. Zamila has collaborated on projects with Atlanta Streets Alive, Liveable Buckhead, MODA, Trust for Public Land – City of Atlanta, Modern Atlanta, City of Clarkston and the Ismaili Council and Aga Khan Development Network AKDN.

Professor Zamila Karimi is a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Construction Management at Kennesaw State University. Her courses on Tactical Urbanism interrogate issues of spatial justice in our Public Spaces through design-build projects.

Farhaan Samnani is an architectural designer based in Atlanta with experience in design builds and experiential pavilions. Farhaan has worked on a number of pavilion collaborations with organizations like MODA, LG Hausys, AKDN and KSU School of Architecture. His focus is to tie in digital fabrication and parametric design to create architecture that blends with art.

Farhaan Samnani is a graduate of  Kennesaw State University, Architecture program. He was actively engaged in Tactical Urbanism design-build research projects with Professor Karimi.