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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"The launching 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 of 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

"Heritage is a repository of knowledge that enables us 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

"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

"A project like this would be very good for a cosmopolitan city like Karachi. It can get people from different walks of life together. It can bring different activities together such as cultural activities, artistic activities, music, food, entertainment; activities that are there but in pockets in Karachi, can be amalgamated in one place, creating more awareness at the same time. The basic problem of Karachi is ownership, or the lack thereof; so if somebody takes ownership, more people will follow. This project has the potential of bringing people together."

Sameera Raja
Artist, Architect
Owner Canvas Gallery

Elphinstone Street

Elphinstone Street, now known as Zaibunnisa Street, is one of Karachi's most renowned shopping districts. It is one of the city's most vital arteries, therefore, is subjected to a lot of pollution from transport. At one time, it was called Karachi's Piccadilly Circus by foreigners, as it is lined with historic colonial buildings from the British Raj era. Some important buildings on Elphinstone Street are: Nusserwanjee Building, Mohammad Ali Building, Old Ilaco House and Victoria Furnishing Mart. Amongst the usual hustle and bustle of Zaibunnissa Street, they stand silently as reminiscent of the bygone era. It was once considered the most fashionable streets, catering to the elite of the colonial times.

Elphinstone Street was the first street to be transformed into an imposing thoroughfare due to the efforts of the native mercantile community. It rapidly acquired impressive mercantile structures. Imperial-Vernacular architecture was reflected in most of the buildings here. In most of Karachi’s Imperial-Vernacular buildings, the Italianate style, which was considered to be the closest to the local architectural traditions, formed the basis.