Pakistan-Italian Resource Centre and the Enhancement of Multan Walled City
The Pakistan-Italian Resource Centre is a facility that will be tasked to promote the cultural, economic and social development of the city of Multan. It supports the exchange of knowledge and increasing the productive sectors through relations, trade and finance between Pakistan and other countries, Italy in particular. It will also become the ideal forum for activities aimed at enhancing the urban fabric of Multan and at the same time constitute a sort of commercial/business hub to promote the economy of the Walled City and its surrounding productive land. The Resource Centre can become the portal of the city of Multan and its territory in the next Expo, event that will take place in Milan in 2015. The project area is located within the Pilot Area, near the Darbar of Musa Pak Shaheed, between Sarafa Bazaar and Musa Pak Complex, in a strategic place to the enhancement of the inner city. The symbolic, historic and cultural importance of Musa Pak Complex makes it one of the most significant and representative areas of the historical core of Multan. This chapter illustrates the design project of the Resource Centre building at Abdali Road, in a outside of the Walled City area. The project includes the design of the new Resource Centre building (a nearly zero-energy building), the connected restoration of the historical Dar Bar building (Musafir Khana) and the redevelopment of the courtyard.
KeywordsOpen Space Ground Floor Urban Fabric Walled City Sacred Place
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