Deconstructing urban utopias : the case of Bahria Town, Pakistan

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2021-08-09

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Mysorewala, Raviya

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This report outlines the rationalities behind planning practices in Pakistan using the case of Bahria Town. Studying themes used in the promotion and design of Bahria Town, this report argues that planning in Pakistan takes inspiration from cities of the Global North, resulting in mechanisms that are incompatible with Pakistan’s context. Such practices focus on aesthetics and adversely affect the urban majority of the country which is poor. The report details the implications that planning practices of Bahria Town, if unregulated and taken forward, can bear on the future of planning in Pakistan.

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