Land & Housing

Housing Imperatives for Karachi

Housing is without doubt the most important issue facing the vast majority of people living in Karachi. The failure to resolve it is creating stress, uncertainity and homelessness for the poorer and lower middle class...

The Neo-Liberal Urban Development Paradigm and Civil Society Responses in Karachi, Pakistan

Introduction The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) is an Asia-Pacific Network of professionals, NGOs and community organisations. Its headquarters are in Bangkok. The decision to create the ACHR was taken in 1987 and was...

Livelihood Substitution: The Case of the Lyari Expressway

There is a movement among members of communities effected by development projects which did not take their concerns into account to demand that the government initiate public consultations in the planning stages of the project....

Social Housing Construction Company: Concept Note

Karachi requires 80,000 housing units every year for its growing population, backlog and replacement. The formal sector provides no more than 30,000 housing units. The demand-supply gap is met by the creation of katchi abadis on state land, densification of inner city low income areas or remains unmet.

Understanding Asian Cities

Master Plans and Housing Policies in Karachi Since 1947, the growth in housing needs and the resultant formal sector housing policies and master plans can be divided into six phases. 5.1 Phase 1: 1947-1957 After...

Sindh: State of Environment and Development

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Access To Shelter

Shelter is not just a roof over one’s head. It has to be seen as part of a larger physical and social environment which is referred to by planners as housing which means access to land, physical infrastructure, nearness to places of work or access to comfortable transportation, and social infrastructure.

Livelihood Substitution: The Case of the Lyari Expressway

Surveys were carried out in settlements in a one-kilometre stretch along the northern bank of the Lyari River which collectively contain approximately 2,000 houses. They include both regularised areas as well as unauthorised katchi abadis (square settlements). The results of these surveys are analysed here.

Housing: Lessons From the Urban Housing Demand-Supply Gap in Pakistan

This presentation draws upon the work of: The Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) and its replications in 176 locations in 11 Pakistan towns The Urban Resource Centre (URC), Karachi OPP/URC research supported by or in collaboration...

Pakistan Mapping Study

This study is about how mapping is done in Pakistan for planning purposes. It focuses in on the Lyari Town in Karachi which is an administrative area of the city inhabited for the most part...

Report on a Visit to Cambodia for the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR), Bangkok

February 06, 2003 Discussions at the UPDF office. The following conclusions emerge:  The UPDF office staff needs to understand the structure of local government, the new devolution plan and what this means for the poor....

Lyari Expressway Controversy

PREAMBLE The Northern Bypass was proposed by the Karachi Master Plan 1975-85. If the bypass had been built, all port related traffic, which now passes through the city, would have been redirected through it to...

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