1. ArchDaily
  2. Islamabad

Islamabad: The Latest Architecture and News

Building Up: Modern Architecture in Pakistan

Pakistani architecture is defined by multiplicity. Both following tradition and breaking from it, contemporary projects contend with multiple histories. Informed by the coexistence and juxtaposition of conditions like regulated development and informal settlements in Karachi and Islamabad, modern designs are being shaped by broader contexts. In turn, these public and private projects are exploring new spaces and forms.

© Shabih HaiderBuilding Up: Modern Architecture in Pakistan© Mustafa Mehdi© Shabih Haider+ 11

345 Telenor Campus / Arcop (Pvt) Ltd.

Courtesy of Arcop
Courtesy of Arcop

© Irfan Naqi© Irfan Naqi© Irfan Naqi© Irfan Naqi+ 27

6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

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 © SOMTrain station. Image © SOMGovernment District. Image © SOMConcept of Cairo's replacement by Skidmore, Owings and Merril. Image © SOM+ 44

E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD

E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILDE7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILDE7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILDE7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD+ 27

Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  697
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007