Mazar-e-Qaid Under Construction. Karachi, Pakistan
Lost Glory, an abandoned building (at Nisbat Road, via umalik)
Eid Mubarak, Şeker Bayramı and Hari Raya Aidilfitri to Muslims all around the world. We’d be celebrating Eid tomorrow in Pakistan but as a friend just said, Eid Greetings (+/- few days) to everyone!
Wish you and your family a wonderful time together, and may we can carry this feeling of sacrifice and compassion forward for next 11 months! amen. (via umalik)
*picture above is from Wazir Khan mosque, Lahore.
Classics, thrillers, murder mysteries, tales of loss and woe, love and life- fictional stories can range from the realistic to the magical. Where do writers get their ideas and how much do their surroundings affect their imagination? Dawn.com speaks to Karachi based authors on the city and how it plays a role in their work. Bina Shah elaborates on Karachi’s shifting landscape, H.M Naqvi speaks on how Karachi sustains him, Maniza Naqvi talks about discovering the city as an adult and Mohmmed Hanif talks about how the city manages to slip into his work.
Uncredited photograph from Lahore, Pakistan
GATES OF ANTIQUITY
Mughal Fort in Lahore, Pakistan
Tipu Sultan merkez’ by ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure, j pakistan
all images © holcim foundation
‘tipu sultan merkez’ earthen school in jpakistan by berlin-based architectural and engineering practice ziegert roswag seiler architekten ingenieure has received this year’s holcim award for sustainable construction within the asia-pacific region. the first level of of the two-story building is constructed with cob walls comprised of locally sourced clay, sand, straw, water and earth. resting upon brick foundations, the interior spaces are protected from moisture penetrating from the ground or rainwater. the upper floor is a bamboo framework filled with an earthen mixture.
the combined result of the structure absorbs humidity and the mass of the thick 60 centimeter bearing walls reduces the temperature of interior spaces by 8 degrees celsius during the 40 degree summer heat. local residents were able to build their new community facility by implementing appropriate construction technologies and skills which were already present within the village.
Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. (Asad K)