Specters Of Post-colonial Karachi

Some specters spotted while on our class field trip. One of them being ‘Port’ Grand situated in the South of Karachi, which its a food and entertainment complex is a recreational area built in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan along the waterfront of the 19th century Native Jetty Bridge that connects the Karachi Port Trust  to Kaemari. The complex is a hub of shopping, dining, cultural and coastal recreational activities in the city. The one kilometer bridge has been transformed into an entertainment and food enclave housing numerous eateries totaling 40,000 sq. ft of climate-controlled area and space for kiosks and 40 outlets of exotic Pakistani and foreign food and a variety of beverages.

Port Grand, Karachi
Port Grand, Karachi

Port Grand is located on Napier Mole Bridge a site that is very significant to the history of Karachi and has played a crucial role in making it the city it is today. The project built with over 1 billion rupees investment by Grand Lesisure Corporation and stretches along 1,000 ft of Karachi’s ancient 19th century Native Jetty Bridge. Design  consultant were dubiously unnamed from Newyork, New Jersey, USA and Umer Munshi & Associates are the structural architects, while Woods Bagot are the landscape advisors of the project. The entry fee per person is PKR. 300/- out of which 200 are redeemable at any of its food outlets.

Views of Food street & Native Jetty Bridge
Views of Food street & Native Jetty Bridge
Hindu Temple behind Port Grand
Hindu Temple behind Port Grand

Ocean Mall & Tower

Ocean Tower is a 30-floor high skyscraper in Karachi. “Though it has not been fully completed, it has been topped out, making it in the country’s tallest building housing and shopping mall, a food court, corporate offices, a business club, car-parking area, four cinema screens and banquet and terrace on the top floor”. Located on ‘Khayaban-e-Roomi’ or ‘Do Talwar’ in Clifton. A private company, Siddiqson Group and Triple Tree Associates have ownership of the building and its  designed by Architect Yawar Jilani and Mahboob Khan [ARCOP Associates Pvt. Ltd.] with an investment of PKR.7 billion. Originally it was to be made into a hotel in partnership with Sofitel, which later backed out. As per claims it can withstand earthquakes up to 8.5 in magnitude.

Ocean Mall & Tower
Ocean Mall & Tower
Ocean Tower
Ocean Tower
View of Naval Housing Society from Ocean Tower 30th Floor
View of Naval Housing Society from Ocean Tower 30th Floor

Mohatta Palace

The Mohatta Palace is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It was built by Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta, a Hindu Marwari businessman from modern day Rajasthan in India, as his summer home in 1927. The architect of the palace was Agha Ahmed Hussain. “He built the Palace in the tradition of stone palaces in Rajhastan using pink Jhodpur stone in combination with the local yellow stone from Gizri. The amalgam gave the palace a distinctive presence and elegance, characterized by its Indo-Saracenic architecture”. Originally designed as a luxurious home for Mohatta who left Karachi for India after partition, it has now been converted into a museum and a place for high-profile events and exhibitions.

Mohatta Palace
Mohatta Palace
Mohatta Palace seen in backdrop of Harbor Front & the Karachi coastline
Mohatta Palace seen in backdrop of Harbor Front & the Karachi coastline

Harbor Front

“The Harbour Front is Pakistan’s premier corporate address, located at the sea front in the up market area of Clifton, Karachi. Soaring 19-storeys above the Arabian Sea, this modern triangular tower is home to some of leading local and multi-national corporations. With an area of over 246,000 square feet of office space spread over 17 levels, This tower is an essential part of the newly constructed Dolmen City project, a commercial /corporate complex located at the former site of a hotel and casino which were being built in the 1970s by the late Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto”. Having  a total covered area of 4.2 million square feet it is designed by a leading Pakistani architects Arshad Shahid Abdullah Associates. Harbor front houses offices of leading corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Phillip Morris, Byco, Engro Corp. It boasts of its prime location, unmatchable amenities, modern design and state-of-the-art security system.

Harbor Front
Harbor Front

Sources:

http://www.hamariweb.com/articles/article.aspx?id=14332  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_Towers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohatta_Palace  http://www.dolmengroup.com/our-projects/the-harbour-front/

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2 thoughts on “Specters Of Post-colonial Karachi

  1. Missing citations and explain why these developments are being described. Saying that they are ‘specters’ begs for a deeper analysis. What do these specters imply? What are they projecting about Karachi?

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  2. Missing citations. Explain why these developments are being described. Saying that they are ‘specters’ begs for a deeper analysis. What do these specters imply? What are they projecting about Karachi?

    Like

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