Inequality in a Sprawling City: The Case of Lahore’s Urban VillagesProject Duration: 2020 to 2023
The project aims at understanding how urban villages in Lahore become circumscribed by major land developers, such as DHA, to highlight the types of land acquisition patterns and processes that mark this transition. Within unrestrained urban expansion, the project seeks to underpin how social relations, built form, demographics and experiences of space change when peri-urban communities are surrounded by new urban development projects. In such set-ups, how do village residents access to the ‘grid’ and negotiate their every-day access to utilities? This project aims to address knowledge gaps in policy making, particularly in relation to urban sprawl, and assess the ways in which service provision can be improved for low income groups living in housing clusters on the city’s peripheries.