A collaboration between the Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) and the Patients’ Aid Foundation (PAF), Karachi, Innovations in Public Space was the first ever project implemented by the foundation in the city of Karachi. LBF seeks to encourage creative, community-centric approaches to public interventions; the design of an outdoor waiting area at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) by artists Naima Dadabhoy and Roohi Ahmed makes manifest one of the many aims of the foundation.

The artists’ vision transformed and rejuvenated an under-utilized, nondescript outdoor waiting area at the JPMC into an easily accessible, therapeutic space for patients. Site-specificity, sustainability along with inspirations drawn from nature served as a wider frame for the creative process; the final design, fashioned out of bamboo, is inclusive of a Neem tree that was already present on the site.

Catering to an underserved demographic of the populace that was previously in need of a hospitable space at the JPMC, the place today teems with men, women and children alike. We are grateful for tireless support from the Chairman and Founder of PAF, Mushtaq K. Chhapra, and Sanya Mooraj, along with unabated vigour on part of the artists.