We’ve asked artists, architects and designers plus architectural students from LAU, to share with us their thoughts and ideas as they relate to their favorite cities, Utopian urban design and various life experiences. Here are their answers, along with original works that best reflect their passion, creativity and emotions.

Tell us about the work you submitted. What does it say about you?

The work was actually an inspiration from the three movies: Metropolis, Modern times and The Picture of Dorian Gray. First, I had to create a composition from screenshots taken from these movies. My first stage was an assemblage that involved paint, pastel and random gadgets that I found most suitable in some parts. I really wanted it to have a fun look, which is why I experimented with many colours and materials. I added a story into it, separating the upper part, which looked like rich businessmen, looking down at the lower part, which was mostly workers suffering and wanting a revolution. As for the second stage. I have always wanted to draw architectural parts and buildings just to see how they would look like. For the two final stages, I decided to make them almost similar. I had slanted shapes, making the whole composition look more 3D, but I decided to keep the buildings straight, giving them more importance. Throughout my whole work, all I cared about was having fun and experimenting with new and different things. That was the main key to my creativity.

Ghida Nadar city visualization in pencil and ink

When creating a new piece, what inspires you most?

When I usually create something new, the first thing that pops into my head is adding an eye into it. I’m a sucker for eyes. However, eyes do not always work with everything, so what really drives me to get inspired is the idea of learning new techniques to produce this work.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

My first two options are Germany and Japan. Germany is such a calm and green place, and it’s the perfect place to focus on your work and get creative. Whereas Japan could probably be the perfect place for me, because of its culture and it can be such a Zen place depending on where you go. And it has many creative animation productions.

Ghida Nadar city visualization in layers and planes

What’s one thing you could never live without? Why is it so important to you?

The one thing that I would probably never leave behind is my laptop. It is my everyday, must-have tool. It’s where I leave all of my projects, pictures and notes.

Ghida Nadar pour paint – galaxy

Who’s the person you admire and why?

I admire my brother Maher. He always searches for a way to make himself more knowledgeable. He’s probably the only person I know who’s on his way to accomplish what he dreams of, no matter what complications come his way.

Describe yourself in just one word.

Why? Because weird can mean unique, daring and original.