TYPE: Research: Urban Conservation/ Informal Economy Rehabilitation
LOCATION: Karachi, Pakistan
ARCHITECTS: Ar. Asiya Sadiq Polack
COLLABORATORS: Supervised by Ar. Asiya Sadiq Polack
Assisted by Ar. Hira Rehman and Ar. Sana Akhtar
Photography by Syed Kumail Haider Rizvi
STATUS: In Progress
The research aspires to highlight the value of Saddar Bazaar as a popular public area of Karachi especially for the poor. This research documents the transformations in Saddar Bazaar and their impacts on public space making. The study has documented the current usages of the public spaces considering, the user’s diverse socio-cultural profiles, ethnicities, gender, age and super diversity. The issues connected to traffic and transport, pavement economy, threats of evictions, and the fast-disappearing public goods resulting in a lack of public space for the masses have also been considered. Conclusively the research advocates the need for formal/informal interface as a means of safeguarding the public spaces of Saddar Bazaar for harmonious usage and preservation of the area for the masses.