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6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

10:30 - 31 March, 2015
6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch, Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM
Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM

Threatening to end Cairo’s 1,046 year dominance as the country’s capital, earlier this month the government of Egypt announced their intentions to create a new, yet-to-be-named capital city just east of New Cairo. The promise of the more than 270 square mile ‘new New Cairo’ has attracted headlines from around the world with its sheer scale; a $45 billion development of housing, shopping and landmarks designed to attract tourism from day one, including a theme park larger than Disneyland. And of course, the plans include the promise of homes - for at least 5 million residents in fact, with the vast number of schools, hospitals and religious and community buildings that a modern city requires - making the new capital of Egypt the largest planned city in history.

The idea of building a new capital city has appealed to governments across history; a way to wipe the slate clean, stimulate the economy and lay out your vision of the world in stone, concrete and parkland. Even old Cairo was founded as a purpose built capital, although admittedly urban planning has changed a little since then. It continues to change today; see the full list of different ways to build a totally new city after the break.

Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM Train station. Image © SOM Government District. Image © SOM Concept of Cairo's replacement by Skidmore, Owings and Merril. Image © SOM +44

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 2, “The Traditional Future”

00:00 - 26 August, 2014

The second episode of Al Jazeera’s new series “Rebel Architecture” features Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari, who has built over 36,000 houses since 2010 for those affected by Pakistan’s floods and earthquakes. Rather than using the mass-produced housing designs offered by international organizations, Lari implements traditional building techniques and local materials. In this 25-minute episode she returns to the Sindha Valley region to see how her homes survived floods in 2013 and helps villagers in Awaran district who were hit by the 2013 Balochistan earthquake.

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

IBA Student Centre / Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
IBA Student Centre / Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative, Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative
Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative
  • Architects

  • Location

    Karachi, Pakistan
  • Architect in Charge

    Syed Zayd Bilgrami, Ahsan Najmi, Sarah Najmi Bilgrami
  • Project Architect

    Shabih Haider
  • Area

    34000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative

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Kapadia Residence / Coalesce Design Studio

01:00 - 16 January, 2014
Kapadia Residence / Coalesce Design Studio, © Mustafa Mehdi
© Mustafa Mehdi

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AD Classics: Mazar-e-Quaid (National Mausoleum) / Yahya Merchant

01:00 - 30 August, 2011
AD Classics: Mazar-e-Quaid (National Mausoleum) / Yahya Merchant
  • Architects

  • Location

    Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  • Architect

    Yahya Merchant
  • References

    Yahya Merchant
  • Project Year

    1989

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Pakistan Pavillion for Shanghai World Expo

12:53 - 21 September, 2009

The Pakistan Pavillion will be a replica of the Lahorte Fort, an iconic symbol of the city of Lahorte. The fort dates back to the year 1025 AD and is the cultural capital of modern-day Pakistan.

The 2,000 square meter pavillion is themed “harmony in diversity”, and will show various aspects of the best of Pakistan’s cities, merged into one showcase of tradition, culture, modernity and history.

In the pavilion, visitors will be able to experience the life of a typical Pakistani citizen through detailed visual and multimedia presentations. More images, after the break.

E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD

01:00 - 5 March, 2009
E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD
  • Architects

  • Location

    Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Architects

    Montage DESIGNBUILD
  • Budget

    US $202,500
  • Site Area

    1,000 sq yds
  • Area

    697.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007

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Private residence in Geneva / Charles Pictet

01:00 - 11 January, 2009
Private residence in Geneva / Charles Pictet
  • Architects

  • Location

    Colony Park, Officers Colony Rd, Saidu Sharif, Pakistan
  • Architects

    Charles Pictet Architecte FAS SIA
  • Collaborator

    Anjéla Aubert, architecte DPLG
  • Engineering

    ESM, Jérôme Ponti, Genève
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

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