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Gender Ecologies - From May 21 - 26 2022 at Granary Square, Kings Cross, London, UK

Gender Ecologies is a programme exploring the intersections of gender, climate, sustainability and heritage through community and built environments.
From 21-26 May 2022, British Council, Heritage Foundation Pakistan, INTBAU and BRAC University are bringing together a group of female students from
Bangladesh, Pakistan and the UK to build two low-tech, low-carbon structures on Granary Square, King’s Cross which
will highlight the central role of women in the climate revolution.
The installations will coincide with the British Council’s Pakistan-UK Season, which celebrates the important links between the two countries. A Pakistani chulah, earthen cooker, will be built by Pakistani artisans and students, alongside a few days of events.
The builds will be complemented by an interactive programme of talks, live music, poetry and food from 23 to 26 May 2022.

Link: https://www.britishcouncil.pk/programmes/arts/gender-ecologies

Gender Ecologies - From May 21 - 26 2022 at Granary Square, Kings Cross, London, UK

posted 37d ago

Police scrape off plaster to uncover colonial era sandstone post in Karachi

Kharadar Chowk has an interesting history, which the old police post there is also a part of. Built sometime in the early 20th Century, in 1905 or 1907, this 24’x36’ sandstone structure with the sloping dark green wooden roof covering just 65 square yards can also be spotted in a 1926 British map.

Link: https://www.dawn.com/news/1688823

Police scrape off plaster to uncover colonial era sandstone post in Karachi

posted 37d ago

Dezeen compiled list of 50 architects & designer to celebrate Earth Day.

To celebrate Earth Day Dezeen have compiled a list of 50 people who are pushing the boundaries of sustainable architecture and design.
Architects and designers have a key role to play in reducing carbon emissions, pollution and waste while protecting biodiversity.
Here are 50 individuals and studios who are doing pioneering work, ranging from architects exploring timber construction to designers thinking radically about circularity and scientists developing new low-carbon materials.

Link: https://www.dezeen.com/2022/04/22/earth-day-sustainable-architects-designers/

Dezeen compiled list of 50 architects & designer to celebrate Earth Day.

posted 37d ago

Meeting at the office of DIG Police regarding safeguarding and regeneration of Karachi’s historic core.

A meeting was held at 3:30 pm on 20th April at the office of DIG South. The meeting was convened to develop collaborative efforts between Karachi Administration, Sindh Police and civil society Heritage Foundation of Pakistan for the purpose of heritage safeguarding and regeneration of Karachi’s historic core along Heritage Foundation’s Red Trail.
Those attended included DC South and his senior officers, DIG Traffic and other senior police officers, Director, Antiquities department and CEO Heritage Foundation and her team. The meeting was chaired by DIG South.
1.   HF presented a catalogue of 54 heritage structures that were threatened by demolition. After a great deal of discussion, it was decided to identify 5 such structures and joint vigorous action will be taken by administration and the police. Heritage department will file an FIR against it. Eminent lawyers should be requested to take the case up in the courts. In the meantime, instructions were given to both the relevant civil and police officers to report any imminent threat to heritage structures. 
Follow up action: HF to identify 5 heritage structures and report to Director, Antiquities Department who will lodge an FIR immediately. Reporting in two weeks.
2.  Kharadar Chowki restoration was presented to demonstrate how with comparatively limited effort and resources, heritage structures could be rehabilitated.
Follow up Action: Expedite the work in order to complete the project as expeditiously as possible. 
3.  Kharadar Chowk revitalization was presented and the following was decided. 
DIG Traffic agreed to take up the review of the street pattern to achieve the following:
a. One-way routes to be determined 
b. Parking of motorbikes to be rationalized.
He agreed that a review would be carried out to determine the extent of forest area in front of the Police Chowki. 
DC South agreed to assist in removal of encroachments and suggested that plantation should be taken up in an area that was free from encroachment as a start.
Follow up Action:  Study of the chowk and recommendations by Traffic Police and removal of encroachments. Reporting in two weeks.
4.  Greening of Police Quarters
The greening of the streets of Police Quarters was presented by HF. DIG South instructed that streetwise committees should be formed to take up the case. II the meantime, through assistance from DMCs the encroachment on the streets should be taken up for removal. 
Follow up Action: Formation of street committees and removal of encroachments from streets. Reporting in two weeks.

Meeting at the office of DIG Police regarding safeguarding and regeneration of Karachi’s historic core.

posted 41d ago

Cleaning of Rahguzar side of Denso Hall

Paint removal and scientific cleaning of Rahguzar side of Denso hall was carried out. Thick layers of paint were carefully removed using soft plastic brush and organic retha soap procured from Makli village community.

Cleaning of Rahguzar side of Denso Hall

posted 41d ago