'Round About Karachi'
The assignment required the students to take up a certain aspect of Karachi and present it in a form that they have not done before. The students could focus on the cultural, political, social or geographical aspect of this cosmopolitan city.
A Website Design
I chose to focus on the Round Abouts around Karachi. The 'chawks' or 'chowrangis' as they are called in Urdu, have always fasinated me and have always made me wonder about the histroy behind them. From the Victorian sculptures which were once placed on the round abouts in the early years after Independence (which are now in the backyard of Mohatta Palace) to the modern ones built in the recent years such as Shahi Chawk. The controversial ones like the Muqqa Chawk to the historical ones like Teen Talwar. The roundabouts are not only markers for directions and a means of controlling traffic flow but also serve to improve the visual scenery of the city and effects the culture of the area it is located in. The idea was to document all the roundabouts around the city along with the history behind them.
'Round About Karachi' as the name suggests is a website based on the monuments and sculptures placed on the roundabouts of the ever wide awake, city of lights- Karachi. It is a website that provides you all the information you need about these roundabouts including their location, the sculpture/ monument displayed, the political/ social and monetary significance of the monument, the time frame of a particular monument and also includes information about the old, still standing and newly put up and roundabouts across the city. It is a complete guide for students as well as anyone who is interested in the architecture of the city about why the monument was put up and how it has shaped the area around it. The website has a news column which updates the viewers about the latest developments on the monuments. It also has a discussion forum where important questions such as what is the significance of a roundabout is? do we need to care about this aspect of design and architecture or not? and what should be done inorder to make the roundabouts a part of beautification of the city.