The project has objectives in developing outline principles and solutions for the environmental planning and design of the new capital city of Pakistan which would divulge a national characteristic for the newly born country.
In 1959, a site on the northwest of the newly independent Pakistan was chosen and named Islamabad. Doxiadis Associates of Athens were commissioned to design the master plan in 1960. Islamabad is located on an area of 909 sq.km at the foot of the Himalaya mountain range. An autonomous governmental body was established for the implementation of the master plan under the name The Capital Development Authority (CDA).
The landscaping of Islamabad was carried out by Derek Lovejoy and Partners in collaboration with many other designers and included the lanscaping of the following:
- landscaping treatment of roads and highways;
- landscaping of the state guest house;
- landscaping of neighbourhood centers;
- landscaping of housing projects;
- landscaping of Atomic Energy Research Center;
- landscaping of national parks; and
- landscaping of governmental buildings.
The landscaping of Islamabad has served to improve and enrich the townscape on every scale, from small houses to the large centers. The landscaping programme unifies the work of various architects, enriches the master plan, and creates a sense of continuity through Islamabad.
The scale of works is massive to say the least and the principles and concept of landscaping for the city of Isamabad is a vision that hs anticipated itself beyond time. As such, thre seems an apprent incompatiblity between its existence and the socio-economic level of the community it serves. The landscaped environment created and transposed in Islamabad has created a new sense for a controlled environment, but quite discomforting through its predictability. The level of technology chosen and applied, together with the choice of local fluna and flora and paviors blend well in an 'academic' sense and the creation of an enriched townscape.