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Sophia Malik  

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Heritage Not Inherited


Pakistan was formed in 1947 through the partition of India and the departure of British rulers in South Asia. The architectural legacy can still be seen amidst the new builds, however today they are recognisable primarily by their state of neglect. Architecture and design were key influences in upholding systems of colonial control and oppression and consequently must emerge as primary sites in the struggles for decolonisation. This project looks at this decaying architectural heritage as an opportunity for climate change mitigation, and gathers the conditions of the past and present to interpret an alternative future fashioned out of a new clay that repairs and assesses the value of the built environment in Karachi.

By shifting existing value systems through repair, reuse and adaption, then perhaps a change in building culture- with repair and maintenance being embedded in craftsmanship- can instigate the use of more low carbon materials such as bamboo, mud and lime. An architecture of repair could also facilitate a culturally infused urbanism of constant process, embrace these inherent imperfections and build upon them as heritage in their own right. The use of heritage as a tool for resilience is further explored through its potential in wider flood mitigation.

Karachi, Pakistan



Sophia Malik  

︎Year 4





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