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
Karachi.


"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

MARRIOT ROAD
Marriot Road

Marriott Road in the 19th century presented a completely different picture than what it looks like today. Almost pedestrianised, more so because there were no vehicles to contribute factors such as congestion and noise pollution, Marriott Road looked serene and majestic. The beautiful Denso Hall at one end stood out as a significant piece of architecture. Roads seemed wider as there were no vehicles parked on the side, no encroachments and not many people selling their wares.

Marriott Road has one end touching the Murad Khan Road and the other ending at Denso Hall. The façade of Denso Hall faces M A Jinnah Road while the rear touches Marriott Road. The whole area is referred to as the Khori Garden area, interconnected with the infamous Jodia Bazaar.

The buildings in this zone on the whole are made in European style and most of them are Renaissance and Gothic revival structures. Local elements, particularly Rajhasthani, have also been used in their detailing. This can be noticed in balustrades, cornices and railings. The reason for this is that the masons who worked on them were from Rajhasthan.

Several distinct features can also be observed in the buildings on Marriott Road. Arched windows adorned with wooden shutters in teal remind you of old world charm; arched balconies give a romantic character to the area and hand-crafted doors can be spotted occasionally. The Denso Hall itself is a work of art and has stood up with its head high all these years, despite the smog and smoke that has marred its façade in the past.