Development (Karachi)

Planning and Development Options for Karachi

Arif Hasan’s research work and analysis on human settlements and urban and rural development is contained in a number of books authored by him and in papers in international academic journals. Much of this work...

The Proposed Densification of Karachi

From press reports, a number of emails and visits from fellow architects, I gather that the government of Sindh has decided to get the KBCA to revise its building byelaws and zoning regulations to increase...

Lessons from Karachi: The role of Demonstration, Documentation, Mapping and Relationship Building in Advocacy for Improved Urban Municipal Services

Karachi Karachi is Pakistan’s only port city. It contains 10 per cent of the total population of Pakistan and 25 per cent of its urban population. Nearly 20 percent of the country’s GDP, 45 percent...

The Hawkers of Saddar Bazaar

Saddar’s problems can only be solved as part of a larger city planning exercise that deals with the traffic and transport problems of the city in general and Saddar in particular. The hawkers and entertainers...

The Vulnerability of Karachi

The wound inflicted on the body politic of Pakistan by the judicial murder of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto has not healed despite the passage of twenty eight long years. Benazir was a balm for that wound....

Architects, Local Government and Karachi’s Buildings and Public Spaces

A discerning visitor looking at buildings and public space in any city can easily assess four things. These are the state of the architecture and planning professions in the city; the quality of education provided...

The Karachi Elevated Expressway

The Karachi City Government has decided to build an elevated expressway, called the Karachi Elevated Expressway (KEE) from Jinnah Bridge to Quaidabad. The Expressway will pass over Moulvi Tamizzuddin Road, Club Road and Shahrah-e-Faisal. The...

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...

Karachi 2025: A City of Dreams

A presentation prepared in collaboration with URC and OPP on the possibilities for Karachi in 2025. This file is available for download: P19_Karachi 2025 – A City of Dreams [PDF, 57 KB]

The Scale and Causes of Urban Change in Pakistan

The census process and results are very important in the political context of Pakistan. There are a number of reasons for this. The number of seats in the national assembly for each province are allocated on the...

Karachi’s Development and the Principles of Urban Planning

To overcome problems created by massive rural-urban migration, industrialisation, increased trade, a phenomenal rise in the number of vehicles, and their related environmental and socio-economic repercussions, Third World cities and governments have invested huge amounts...

What Karachi Requires

The Local Body Ordinance was imposed on us by an unelected government in 2001. It was supposed to be the panacea for all our governance and development related problems. Through indirect voting in a ruthlessly...

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