Centaurus ~ Identity Of Pakistan?

Centaurus is still a dream … and until it finishes off, is it just to claim it as an Identity of Pakistan as huge billboards around it say???

An intense discussion has also been carried out on this topic at Adil Najm’s ATP Blog.

Pakistan's Identity?

Claiming something to be a Country’s Identity need past legacy … a followed heritage … Yes if someone claims that Badhshahi Mosque or even Faisal Mosque is the Identity of Pakistan … it sure does go with the term … Have your say here …!

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13 Comments so far

  1. Pakistani abroad (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 10:39 am

    Intense discussion on exactly this issue also as Pakistaniat.com here: http://pakistaniat.com/2006/09/06/picture-of-the-day-a-taj-mahal-for-islamabad/

  2. A for apple (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    Thanks Pakistani … I somehow missed that post on Adil Najam’s Blog … :>

  3. Talha (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

    I personally don’t agree that it should be called the “Identity” of Pakistan in lines with Pyramids of Egypt etc. etc. … Because it is niether in line with the cultural heritage of Pakistan nor it is something which has not been done elsewhere in the world.

    However, that is my opinion. You may disagree!

    Nice post, Asma!!!

  4. A for apple (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

    Asma .. who is she?? :~D

    Thanks and yeah whenever we pass through any such billboard … me and my pa starts a never ending discussion that how come they are claiming it so proudly that it’s Identity of Pakistan … DUH!

  5. 1967 (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

    Well…making it identity of Pakistan is a bit too far fetched. We have better buildings and with rich architectural heritage. This is just a shopping mall and a residential complex. I think promoting it as IDOP is just a marketting fad

  6. Yahya (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

    Cultural heritage is a tricky thing. How much of our cultural heritage has our contribution in it? It is time we defined our self as we like it and not like the colonials and kings defined it.

  7. Yahya (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

    How far has the construction gone? Can someone post recent pictures? Thnaks.

  8. Rick_Shaw (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

    Let there be no confusion that “The Centaurus” is in fact in alignment with our local architecture. It is simply a modern form and a natural evolution of design. Every era in time has its own style of architecture. Pakistan cannot (should not) be stuck in time. It should evolve and develop its own style which is what The Centaurus represents. If you notice, it is aligned with Faisal Mosque and also the Supreme Court building with the pointy Minar type style of tiangular use. Other buildings MUST follow the same style to solidify the fresh and modern look of Pakistan that is NOT western (roman/greek) in any way but it has evolved from our own style. (May see similarities from some buildings in Dubai).

    As far as identity is concern, it is more of a marketing gimmick i think (which is fine, they have to aim it high so it can earn global attention and end up beoming an icon at least for the city) it is definitely an iconic design. It can be (should be) identity of Isloo. Karachi has Jinnah’s Mazar, Habib Bank building and many other icons that represents Karachi, same with Lahore so Isloo should also enjoy that and the nation should be proud of it. Frankly when my Chinese friend at work show me latest new skyscraper pictures to show off the rise of China and say “look how advanced Shanghai has become” the only building I can show him to reflect Pakistan’s economic strength, that show some sign & hope to some out of the 3rd world is “The Centaurus”.

  9. Rick_Shaw (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

    YAHYA I agree with you brother. Pakistan desperately NEED people like you.

  10. Rick_Shaw (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

    Dear Islooites

    Following is a link with other upcoming structures that will shape the new face of our nation. I am really concerned about the cheap architectures with absolutely no aesthetics or design sense built by local contractors. (no heritage or cultural influence or anything).

    Secondly high profile architect Mr. Nayyar Ali Dada I would respectfully suggest him to plz change his old brick style work. It is spoiling the look of the entire country. Also please note one image in the link of an amazing Sci-Fi glass type CGI drawing of a building u cant miss it, no details are available on it.


  11. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 9:40 am

    1967 Well yup it sure is much of a marketing fad … just to attract ppl to grab some … sorry … HUGE amount of bucks :)

    Yahya well heritage is another debatable point :) and a fellow commenter I guess has already posted a link … you can surf through some update on Metroblogging Islamabad – Flickr group as well

    Rick_Shaw First of all … from where you come up with all such names :>

    Well the architectural alignment sure is a unique thing that you’ve bring here to everyone’s notice … didn’t knew about it … Islamabad’s unique building is faisal Mosque … hence it’s used as a landmark to represent Islamabad … (not to forget our former PM tried to make PM sect. following Emperor Shahanshah’s shahi qilla in Lahore :>)

    And Rick_Shaw ppl like me at least still are die-hard fans of Brick styled buildings :/ the modern designs would eventually come … and the trend would be followed on but … still bricks rock!

  12. Talha (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

    So Saib,

    when are we getting the result?

  13. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

    5 days TM … abhi tu vote hi 22 hain :>

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