My Final Year Design Thesis on map system for Karachi named “In & Around Karachi” at Indus Valley School or Arts and Architecture and I was awarded DISTINCTION in my thesis project. I am so happy to display post this thesis for all Pakistani out there.
The city exists for many audiences, each person has a special individual origin and destination and needs a specific travel map to reach it.
In & Around Karachi seeks to provide a common, recognisable language for the provision of way finding information where it is needed and in the most useful form. Being a seaport Karachi is one of Pakistan’s most vital and metropolitan cities. However, poor urban-planning has left it difficult to navigate. The thesis introduces a way finding system that can be used by everyone and is convenient enough to lead residents and tourists alike, through the maze like roads and lanes with the utmost accuracy.
The aim of ‘In & Around’ is to make Karachi simple and map it out in a way that makes the experience of way finding effortless. This is achieved through an amalgamation of information including a directional signage system with city maps and detailed town maps accompanied by printed maps, visitor information and bus route network plans. The map is aided by illustrated icons and symbols, complete with a comprehensive legend of all the important places in Karachi including city landmarks, Mosques, hospitals etc.
As well as seeking to provide a clear, baseline information system, the map system seeks to build up accessibility to real time electronic information readily available and efficient to access and interrogate. The use of electronic media, providing immediate and accurate information is transforming way finding worldwide. The mapping system will be available directly through the Internet providing access to the detailed city map, bus routes and any additional information about the location.
In & Around Karachi is created for residents and visitors alike and needs to be adaptable for future projects. To achieve a singular identity, a concept was based around an identity framework or visual language. This consists of a number of key elements: Typeface, Color, Icons, Pictograms and a Mapping system.