Development (Karachi)

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...

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...

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