Project: Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (UBIT) at University of Karachi Client: Umaer Basha Foundation (USA) Architect: Akbar Mahmud Qaizar Associates (Karachi) Contractor: Mughals Constructors (Pvt.) Limited
Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (U.B.I.T.) is going to be the new name of the existing Computer Science Department at Karachi University and the department will be relocated into this prestigious new building. The project is jointly sponsored by the above client organisations. Umaer Basha was a student at MIT, USA with great love for computers and their related applications. His dream was to educate Pakistani youth in the field of Information Technology but unfortunately he did not live to bring his dream into reality. This dream was then fulfilled by Umaer’s mother, Dr. Fatima Zehra Basha who initiated this IT institute.
U.B.I.T is a ground plus two floors building with a total construction area of 68,000/- Sq. Ft located at the Karachi University campus. It is a unique, monumental type of structure based on an existing building at the MIT campus in USA. The institute will constitute state-of-the-art networking, teaching and research facilities for students, researchers and scholars. The main building will have lecture rooms, multi-purpose halls, computer labs, library and faculty rooms to accommodate 1000 students. (more about Umaer Basha / UBIT)
Urban waste management: NGO introduces green roofing for flood victims
Garbage dumps in the city are viewed as nuisance by the citizens, but the founding CEO of Gulbahao Trust, Nargis Latif, sees garbage as a resource for innovative inventions.
“We are not only providing effective waste management but also solutions to societal problems,” said Latif. “We use all the waste materials in our products, even the ones that are usually not touched by waste collectors.”
Gulbahao is a non-governmental organisation that collects dumped waste and recycles it into functional products. It initially made flooring blocks from the recycled material to help the earthquake victims. “The roof blocks were heavy and were not functional during floods caused by heavy rain,” said Latif while talking to The Express Tribune. She said that her team researched for the last four months for a light-weight waterproof solution for flood victims and finally thought about using the material, which was used to make furniture for roof blocks. (complete news)
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.
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.