Every city needs a vision - where it wants to be in 5, 10 or 20 years. This vision is what should drive the development of the city. Without a vision, it’s just ad-hoc and reactive development resulting in unplanned and unstable cities.
The vision is generally formed around a few core characteristics. It can be a city focused on arts and culture, manufacturing, finance, education or agriculture. Karachi is the financial and media hub of Pakistan. Lahore, along with the cities close by is generally industrial and agriculture focused. Sialkot is characterized by manufacturing while Faisalabad’s recognition is textile industry.
Islamabad, a relatively younger city, has always been characterized as the ‘Capital city’ and generally has lived under the shadow of its older and larger sister Rawalpindi.
However, as the city has matured, it’s no more a place for bureaucrats and government servants only. There are more people than ever who permanently call Islamabad their home. There are more private sector organizations and private and public sector universities that have come up over the years.
The vision of a Knowledge City for Islamabad is for it to be a center of knowledge, IT and Science & Technology. It is a vision of a city recognized by its knowledge economy, technology companies, entrepreneurial ventures and intellectual capital. It has the necessary ingredients to make it a knowledge city - a significant presence of research and academic institutions, a large intellectual human resource and being the seat of federal government. What is needed is a crafted vision, strategic long-term plan and focused effort to realize this intended character. The Knowledge City project intends to achieve that.