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Rida Khan "Karachi, Commoning"

Master of Urban Design
2021

How can the power relations that constitute a city be upended by collaborative advocacy and a reclamation of public space?

Karachi is home to an estimated 20 million people, but the default development trend sacrifices the civic, natural, and urban environment for economic development that leaves the masses with very little. A city is a reflection of power relations and when the public has no power systemically collaborative advocacy becomes a beacon. This thesis investigates the potential of radical bottom-up urban design. The commoning of Karachi's urban seafront Clifton Beach - a space of wealth that belongs to everyone - is explored as a case study.