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

Kitaab Gali

Perpendicular to Murad Khan Road, lies Khori Road or Khori Lane, popularly known as Kitaab Gali; a name well-suited as it is a treasure trove for book lovers.

Khori Road was originally a Khajoor Bazaar that gradually diversified into books. Although some of the older shopkeepers claim that Gujarati dates are known as Khajoori and Khori meaning cheap and discounted items and the name is is not in reference to the Garden. This market was formed by Hindus from Gujarat. They used to sell different commodities at wholesale prices. After partition, Memons from Gujarat and Surat took over this business and gradually narrowed it down to dealing in old books, magazines, journals and even old phonograph records and continue to flourish in this business even today.

As compared to Murad Khan Road, Khori Road is a little less congested; still if we see it in isolation, it is not easy to pass through the throngs of people walking through. The frantic pace of the market outside seeps into this stretch of land flanked mostly by books and some hardware stores. Once the eyes adjust to the colourful yet raggedy cloth canopies that have been tied haphazardly for shade, the narrow lane and the piles of books strewn even outside the shops, one realizes that actual buyers in the lane are very few. This comes as a surprise as this street is a book enthusiast’s dream come true. Your eyes are confronted with the most amazing sight once you enter the lane - books piled over books — rows upon rows, rising to unimaginable heights with peddlers with more books spread on mats. Behind them are proper shops, which are also exclusively stocked with books. Along the roadside are numerous pushcarts, which are also piled with an assortment of books, magazines and journals.