1st Edition

Lahore in the 21st Century The Functioning and Development of a Megacity in the Global South

By Mohammad A. Qadeer Copyright 2023
    192 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Analysing the evolution of Lahore’s social organization, culture and ideologies since Pakistan’s independence in 1947, this book explores how social and cultural changes affect the social economy, spatial structure and the urban environment.

    It uncovers the internal dynamics and functional order of the city that sustain everyday life, despite its challenges and seemingly disorderly institutions. The book offers a strategic vision for the city’s development that emphasizes equitable policies for public utilities and the built environment. In addition, the author proposes a complementary programme for social development and civic ethos.

    This book will be a valuable resource for academics and students in the fields of urban planning, geography, urban studies and sociology and those interested in the urbanism of the global south, particularly Pakistan.

    Chapter 1 – Lahore as a colonial city and the path of social change

    Chapter 2 – Pakistani Lahore

    Chapter 3 – Community life and the functional order of Lahore

    Chapter 4 – The structure of the city’s economy and social ecology

    Chapter 5 – Spatial organization: development of the urban system

    Chapter 6 – Structuring the city: public policies, urban planning and private initiatives

    Chapter 7 – Lahore as a city of the global south: Visualizing its inclusive and sustainable future


    Mohammad A. Qadeer is Professor Emeritus in Geography and Planning at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. He has 40 years of experience in teaching, research and professional service at Queen’s University, Canada, including 11 years as the Director at the School of Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to his appointment at Queen’s, he taught at Columbia University and the Punjab University, Lahore. He was a founding faculty member of the Town Planning Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore.