Development (Karachi)

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...

The Sanitation Programme of the Orangi Pilot Project – Research and Training Institute, Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistan requires 350,000 new housing units per year for its urban areas. The formal sector is able to supply only 120,000 housing units per year.

IFI Loans and the Failure of Urban Development

Between 1976 and 2003, the government of Pakistan has taken loans from International Financial Institutions (IFIs) for urban development projects. These loans amount to US$ 1,472.44 million (Rs 88.346 billion) and most of them have...

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...

Karachi: Past, Present and Future

Legend has it that Karrack Bunder was an important port on the Arabian Sea in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. It handled the South Indian-Central Asian trade and was situated about forty kilometres...

Urban and Regional Planning – Past Precedents and Future Prospects

Since the development of the bronze-age civilizations human settlements and agricultural production have always been planned in some form or the other; there was always a close relationship between the two. The extent of agricultural surplus and trade in its manufactured goods determined the size of the city.

The Mega Projects that Karachi Needs

Two mega projects are under construction in Karachi. One is the Lyari Expressway and the other is the Northern Bypass. The Lyari Expressway at best is a controversial project. It has been criticised by academics,...

Towards a Drainage System for Karachi

As predicted in various newspaper articles, research monographs by Karachi academics and professionals and NGO researchers and activists, the monsoons have devastated the city. They will devastate the city again, irrespective of how much money...

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...

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