The same monsoon season, by the way, led to power blackouts of up to 60 hours. On a livability index, Karachi ranks near the bottom , just ahead of Damascus, Lagos, Dhaka and Tripoli. There is no subway, and a typical street scene blends cars, auto-rickshaws, motorbikes and the occasional donkey pulling a cart. And yet to see only those negatives is to miss the point. This market test is more important than the aesthetic test, and Karachi unambiguously passes it.
Most of all, I am impressed by the tenacity of Pakistan. Before going there, I was very familiar with the cliched claim that Pakistan is a fragile tinderbox, barely a proper country, liable to fall apart any moment and collapse into civil war. Neither my visit nor my more focused reading has provided any support for that view, and perhaps it is time to retire it.
It has come through the Afghan wars battered but intact. That is all from my longer than usual Bloomberg column , all about Karachi. Thomas J. More detailed than what I am looking for on this topic at pp. I read about one-third of this one. A fine book, beautifully written, but somehow too much of the material felt familiar given other accounts I had consumed.
A very useful pp. The images in this book I found mind-blowing, claiming a place for Goncharova as one of the very best artists of her time and what a time for the visual arts it was.
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Here is the audio and transcript , most of all we talked about cities. Here is one excerpt:. Or are we just done? This is a debate I had with Paul Romer when he was interested in charter cities. He had decided that he could create 50 charter cities around the world. There are not many left.
Maybe with Belt and Road , maybe the opening of Central Asia. Maybe the opening of the ocean route on the northern, following the pole, will create the potential for new cities.
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But cities like Singapore, Malacca, Mumbai are there for a good reason. Yes, yes. You mentioned a work of fiction. How has that changed how you understand cities? The rest are streets which were created locally. You know, the vernacular architecture. In our geography book, we had this map of Manhattan. Our first reaction was, the people in Manhattan must have a hard time finding their way because all the streets are exactly the same.
Some were very narrow, some very, very wide. One not so wide.
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But some were curved, some were. We thought Manhattan must be a terrible place. We must be lost all the time. Two conferences.
How do you feel being the most well-known architect in the world? It feels that my ass has been kicked all my life. He was a very bitter man in spite of his success, and I think that his bitterness is shown in his planning and some of his architecture. Latest releases.
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