TYPE: Research/Urban Design
LOCATION: Karachi, Pakistan
YEAR: 2004 – 2007
SIZE: 500 Ha
ARCHITECTS: The Architects Polack on behalf of NEDUET, the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven (Belgium), Technische Universiteit of Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Department of Architecture and Planning, Moratuwa University (Sri Lanka) and Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, (India).
CLIENT: Asia Urbs – European Commission
STATUS: Design Study Realized
Acted as the Local project coordinator on behalf of NED-UET for the Urban Design investigation of the Development of the river beds and banks along the Orangi Nala. The Research happened to be four yearlong projects during the course of Urban Design Curriculum Development, with an investment of so many working bodies of students and faculty as well, the invigoration of Nala not only achieved the design product, but the process helped in departmental development, faculty growth and student intellectual development. The process itself helped to learn the different aspects of the indigent society often ignored and overlooked. The goal was to develop a future course of Action for the mobilization of community and different cultural and religious groups in Karachi.
The team came up with a comprehensive plan incorporating not only the primary objective of covering the Nala and improving the health conditions but also maintaining the present and future assets of the existing open space along the Nala In the absence of proper land management system.