The central idea of this low-income housing was to create a sense of belonging for a displaced community. The development is divided into distinct neighbourhoods - in contrast to the tattered urbanity of Karachi as a whole - and organised around plazas, gardens and courtyards, linked by ceremonial pathways. Shading devices, natural ventilation and a water recycling system all contribute to sustainability. The post-and-beam structures are infilled with both solid and hollow brick masonry and finished with earth-toned Colorcrete. The project cost around US$ 10 per square foot, inclusive of land and infrastructure.
Al-Azhar Garden Housing Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.