Posted on February 2, 2009
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  3. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:

    wasiq: You are right. To cover the entire 5000 year history of Architecture in Pakistan in one short article is not possible. However there is no intention to gloss over any particular period of our rich heritage. This two-year old article serves as an introduction to those who may not be familiar with the historical high marks in the development of architecture in Pakistan. For advanced readers like yourself I refer to an excellent two hundred page long book ‘Architecture in Pakistan’ by an eminent Pakistani architect Mr. Kamil Khan Mumtaz.

    Also the post-independence period is not barren. More structures have been erected in the post-independence period than all preceding periods combined. It is that most of the buildings erected in the past half century, save few, have mostly functional and not architectural or aesthetic value to them.

    The pool of Pakistan based indigenous architects is very small. Most Pakistani architectural firms are not capable of handling large projects. That is why most of the post-independence buildings are designed by the non-Pakistani architects unfamiliar with the local traditions and aspirations. To unfamiliar eyes these unremarkable newer structures could be placed any where in the world.

    In essence by out sourcing we have missed what could have been an excellent opportunity to develop a ‘Pakistani Architecture’. You may be surprised to know that there are only half a dozen colleges that offer architectural degrees in Pakistan. There are only one-per-million architectural firms in Pakistan. Most of Pakistani architects are involved with low budget projects. However in that genre with the generous use of red brick they have now developed what is termed as ‘Lahore School’. But like every thing else, we have a long way to go yet. Thanks for the interest and valuable input.

  4. Aslam Bajwa says:

    Good post. Also pakistan is rich in culture, Pakistaniat editors should also write posts over Cultural background of pakistan or Indian sub contentinal area.

    I also submited to DipLinks.com but needs 15 kicks to be published at url below…

    http://www.diplinks.com/details.aspx?st=84