1. It is curious that God’s revelation tells us that the fullness of humanity and of history is realized in a city.

    — Pope Francis  (via thenewurbanist)

  2. (Source: prettyisnotuseful)

  3. Urban development report 2011: Big landlords determining urban expansion – The Express Tribune →

  4. Does It Help to Know History? →

  5. Why Walking Helps Us Think - The New Yorker →

    Another piece on why walking is the biggest favor we can do to ourselves.

  6. Istanbul’s defiant house demolished →

  7. An aerial tour of Istanbul's disappearing forests →

  8. Old Karachi US consulate sold for Rs1.5b – The Express Tribune →

    The embassy though held in private ownership cannot be altered significantly due to being declared a heritage site. Kudos to the architects and activists behind this effort.

  9. Wednesday 6th August 2014.

    The third trip down below the layer of visibility, to borrow DeCerteau’s metaphor of the urban text. Areas touched upon: Aram Bagh Mosque, the Furniture Market of Aram Bagh and Burns Road.

    Some notes:

    - It is a risky business taking your camera out and snapping while walking in this city generally and certain parts particularly. However, it is not my purpose to document the trip in its entirety, as a planner or architect or a conservationist would. Some memory needs to be retained though, but pictures and maps are really a lament for what has passed. They really don’t retain the walk itself as DeCerteau claims.

    - Bazar-Mosque typology can be found in several places in the old city. Some examples: Sarafa Bazar, somewhere near Aram Bagh, Dehli Mercantile Society. In the Cooperative Market in Saddar, there is a mosque hidden within the market.

    - Also, the old city still has remnants of open spaces which the new development completely lacks.

  10. The Sun as the expression of the old world energy is torn down from the heavens by modern man, who by virtue of his technical superiority creates his own energy source.

    — El Lissitzky, Russia: An Architecture for World Revolution, c. 1930 (via wai)