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Presentation:
Faiza Moatasim

03/01/24, 12:00PM

 
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  • Friday, March 01, 2024
    12:00PM
    LIBRARY W1

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'MASTER PLANS AND ENCROACHMENTS' BY FAIZA MOATASIM REVEALS INFORMALITIES OF URBAN PLANNING

Co-Sponsored by The Levan Institute for the Humanities


Join the author, Faiza Moatasim, Assistant Professor of Architecture in Urbanism and Urban Design at the USC School of Architecture in discussion with Vinit Mukhija, Professor, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA.


The latest book by Faiza Moatasim, assistant professor of architecture in urbanism and urban design at the USC School of Architecture, is the first book to examine how city planning and modern urbanism emerges from informal practices of both the privileged and the underprivileged.

 

Master Plans and Encroachments examines informality in the high-modernist city of Islamabad as a strategic conformity to official schemes and regulations rather than as a deviation from them.

 

Faiza Moatasim shows how Islamabad’s master plan is not simply a blueprint that guides future urban

development or makes its violations apparent; it is used by both city officials and citizens to develop informal spaces that accommodate unfulfilled needs and desires of those living and working in the city.

 

The book highlights how low-, middle-, and upper-income people do not randomly build informal spaces; they strategically use architectural techniques to support their informal claims to space, which are often met with the government’s tacit approval. By focusing on those spaces in Islamabad’s urban fabric that are not part of its official master plan, the book demonstrates how planning actually works in complex ways.

 

"Faiza Moatasim’s insightful mapping of Islamabad establishes that the modern city and its architecture are not synonymous and cannot contain a single meaning. In her analysis, the usual binaries dissolve and form fluid protocols employed both by the elite and marginalized in unintended and often unanticipated ways. Master Plans and Encroachments constructs a robust foundation for establishing a theoretical framework for understanding the on-the-ground realities of emerging urbanism in multiple geographies.” - Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard University

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FAIZA MOATASIM
FAIZA MOATASIM