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M. A. Jinnah Road (Part II)

1996 – Arif Hasan Initiated and supervised the photographic documentation of M. A. Jinnah Road. This was done to record Karachi’s built heritage which was being threatened by the elevated light-rail project through this historic artery of the city.

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    03 January, 2021

    Fruit vendors and other hawkers at a bazaar in Karachi | Courtesy the writer This article draws upon the work I have done at different times with Architects Asiya Sadiq Polack and Christophe Polack, Dr...

  • The Marginalized

    08 September, 2020

    The nalas of Karachi have lost their water carrying capacity because of markets, administrative and related buildings and car parks of the Sindh Government, road infrastructure, and elite colonies, and katchi abadis have been built...

  • Why Karachi Floods

    06 September, 2020

    Governments are quick to blame devastating floods on climate change. But many of the reasons for these floods are to do with what governments have not done. Here, Arif Hasan reviews the many reasons why...

  • The Density Debate

    17 May, 2020

    AMONG professionals, a debate on post-corona-related planning, especially on density issues, has begun. They are out to create a new and more humane world. I would like to vulgarise this debate by injecting an element...

  • Post-Covid planning

    09 May, 2020

    Before the coronavirus arrived, the directions for the development of Karachi had already been set in keeping with neoliberal thinking. The city was going to be ‘gentrified’, which meant taking away space from the poor...

  • Union Councils

    29 April, 2020

    According to activists who have participated in coronavirus-related relief measures, a number of learnings have surfaced from their work and from that of the NGOs they have been associated with and from government efforts. One,...

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