Karachi, Pakistan, RMJM

RMJM masterplans new city for Pakistan

The Dubai studio of RMJM has unveiled an ambitious masterplan for a new city near Karachi in Pakistan.

Situated 50km from Karachi, DHA City is said to be a ’21st Century model city’ for the country.

Located on a 11,640-acre rural site, the masterplan consists of 50,000 residential and commercial plots, specialised healthcare and higher education institutes and theme parks.

It also contains a convention centre, informal and formal sports and recreation facilities and resorts, retail and restaurants.

Ziyad Mahmoud, associate at RMJM, said:” “[The masterplan] promotes the concept of mixed use residential sectors by creating multiple centres within them spreading facilities such as commerce, amenities and parks throughout these areas.

“The principle behind the masterplan is a group of self-sustaining cities within a city, with community amenities accessible to all residents within a 10 minute walk.

The downtown district will be defined by a car-free pedestrianised spine with tree-lined pathways, garden courtyards, water features and piazzas.

Construction on the new city is expected to start in early 2012, starting with primary infrastructures and facilities. Full completion is expected by 2030.

RMJM won a design competition in August 2010 to undertake the master planning study. It partnered with Doxiadis and Osmani Associates, along with chief planner Professor Spiro Pollalis.