Why This Website

Because of an increasing number of requests for information received by Arif Hasan and the impossibility of responding to all of them, Engineer Mansoor Raza suggested that an Arif Hasan archival website that can be continuously added to, should be created. The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) UK, accepted the idea and agreed to finance the website and the research and documentation required for it.

Architect Durreshahwar Alvi was made in-charge of the website project. She has selected and categorised the articles, reports, seminar papers and books that form part of the site. She has coordinated this work with Architect Natasha Zubair who has made a selection of Arif Hasan’s architectural and planning projects and photographs of Karachi and the different areas of Pakistan where Arif Hasan has worked. Sabahat Muhammad has designed the website and Zainab and Mansoor Raza have been advisors in the site design and selection process.


  1. I have to drop a quick line to congratulate you for producing this site. It is a tremendous contribution and I hope, with time it will improve. Led by Arif Hasan you are attempting to record and preserve the things which unfortunately often disappear without a trace or are nearly impossible to obtain as reference.
    Durreshahwar Alvi, Natasha Zubair, Sabahat Muhammad deserve lots of credit for this useful contributions.
    I hope to use this mine of information in future.
    Thanks to all of you.
    Iqbal Aalam

    Posted December 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm | PermalinkReply
  2. This is a great initiative and improves accessibility of resources hugely. Arif Sahib’s thoughts and work is extremely relevant to development practice and I will be using this site for our projects, talks etc.

    Mansoor Ali

    Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm | PermalinkReply
  3. A great initiative, a useful resource centre, marvellous work by a an extraordinary man. I am very happy to access the work of Arif Hasan online.

    Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm | PermalinkReply
  4. Juvaria Jafri

    Thanks for this. Extremely useful sources for my transport/ public policy research.

    Posted March 19, 2013 at 11:32 pm | PermalinkReply
  5. Rahat Arsalan

    It’s an asset for us. I highly appreciate this great effort.

    Posted November 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm | PermalinkReply
  6. Ajaz

    Commendable effort.

    Posted June 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm | PermalinkReply
  7. Arif Hasan Saab is an intellectual asset of Pakistan. Thanks to (IIED) UK and its team for developing this website.

    Posted October 13, 2014 at 10:08 am | PermalinkReply
  8. Seema Liaquat

    A good idea, useful source of information & urban issue. A helpful point to
    the researcher. We have need it

    Thank You Sir

    Posted December 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm | PermalinkReply
  9. Najmi Zuberi

    Love it

    Posted February 22, 2019 at 5:35 am | PermalinkReply
  10. Malcolm Petrook

    When I was in Karachi in 1972, I had no idea that Jewish cemetery existed. But your photos show that it’s still in decent repair.

    Posted October 5, 2020 at 1:17 am | PermalinkReply
  11. Wali Haider

    Just found this website during my research on various express ways. I am impressed by the quality of the content and the design of the website.

    Thank you for collecting such a wide range of substantial information the team has collated at a single platform.

    Posted October 26, 2020 at 12:33 pm | PermalinkReply
  12. Great work and extremely useful website. I would also love to see more on sustainable architecture and current residential high-rise trends in Karachi.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Posted October 18, 2021 at 4:48 pm | PermalinkReply
  13. Mr. Arif Hasan has contributed a colossal body of work to a nation that has over the years become obnoxiously reluctant to free thinking and preservation of knowledge. There is a great inspiration for anyone interested in the many topics that he has covered.

    Posted August 25, 2022 at 1:42 pm | PermalinkReply

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