Reimagining Karachi is an initiative supported by Seedventures. It is an endeavour to take concrete measures to preserve the historical character of the city and to restore the architectural assets to their former grandeur.
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SEED Ventures – Social Entrepreneurship and Equity Development – is a unique platform for the development and facilitation of entrepreneurship in Pakistan. It is a repository of knowledge, be it academic, theoretical, practical or experiential, for visionaries and entrepreneurs, particularly those with a social mandate.

With a global presence established strongly in the UK, SEED brings dynamism to the field of entrepreneurship and serves as a fulcrum for all relevant stakeholders, bridging gaps between entrepreneurs across the globe.

SEED is synonymous with progression, innovation and dedication, with a team that has the insight, applicative acumen and discerning skills to research and find solutions to problems identified at all levels from grass-root to high-end investors.

The realization of the fact that a timely, methodical and comprehensive programme is needed to save our architectural heritage, rejuvenate historic neighbourhoods and instill a sense of pride and belonging in our people led to the initiation of Reimagining Karachi; a one-of-its-kind project of this scale.

"It is with great interest that I have studied the information on Seed Ventures and its ambitious project Reimagining Karachi, which aims to document, restore and preserve selected heritage buildings to their original glory.
Such a move is highly commendable and requires the active support of not only architects, planners, conservationists, engineers and other professional, but also government functionaries and the citizens at large."

Syed Akeel Bilgrami
Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (Pvt) Ltd.

"There is an urgent need to conserve Karachi's rich architectural heritage and to rejuvenate the neighbourhoods in which it is located. Sensitively done, such conservation can have a positive impact on the physical shape of the city, its economy, environment and sociology.
My interaction with Seed Ventures and a review of their previous projects leads me to believe that their initiative can be successful because they have conviction and vast experience with local as well as international organizations that practice regional and economic development."

Arif Hasan
Architect and Planning Consultant

"Heritage is a repository of knowledge that enables us to learn from the past to brace the future. This learning process can only continue if heritage is scientifically maintained, valued and preserved."

Dr Noman Ahmed
Professor and Chairman
Department of Architecture and Planning
NED University of Engineering and Technology

"The launch of Reimagining Karachi lights a new hope for Karachi's historic areas, which having suffered decades of neglect and abuse in the name of incoherent development today present a defaced picture, reminiscing its past glory. In the wake of incapacitated potentials of our public sector establishments, support from private sector entrepreneurs seems to be the only way for successfully attaining any revival of Karachi's heritage assets."

Dr. Anila Naeem, Prof. &
Co-Chairperson, DAPNED

"In today’s world of happenings, all strata of life are important contributing factors in urge of betterment. It is extremely unavoidable in this time to not only educate ourselves with the emerging concepts of life but to actually realize the need of up gradation of minds. SEED has emerged with deep roots of these understandings which can be dealt as a stepping stone towards a better understanding of “Regarding Architectural Heritage”.

The aims and objectives as foreseen by SEED are broadly addressing the multiple horizons, yet the heritage conservation is one aspect which will be widely welcomed in Architectural circles. Karachi seems to be truly felt by SEED and the venture is likely to develop a sense of ownership of Architectural Heritage amongst common men.

These efforts once fulfilled will not only enrich the city with beautiful glimpses of past for the users of the city but also will provide a food for thought for future generations to care, nurture and respect their heritage." 

Ar. Yasira Naeem Pasha 
Assistant Professor, Chairperson 
Department of Architecture and Planning 
Dawood College of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
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