Karachi is projected to be
submerged underwater by 2060,
in just 37 years!

There is so far no plan to deal with the potential catastrophe. The infrastructural mayhem is only increasing vulnerabilities.
We, at Karachi Cartography, strongly believe that planning and redesigning without a comprehensive understanding of past, present, and potential precarity will only exacerbate dysfunctionality and increase vulnerabilities. That’s why our Phase 1: Cartographic Analysis, of mapping the city, with a focus on water systems, is essential in developing effective solutions.

We are building an Open-Access Map Repository, which will together form the first socio-climatic map of the urban area in its entirety. This monumental task will uncover the evolution of the city through maps, and facilitate the creation of projections for its future. We are also creating the first digitized Katchi Abadi Map for Karachi, to determine the communities most vulnerable to climate crisis. Further, we are also developing a One-Stop Climatic Map that will highlight location-based susceptibilities to weather related events.

Eventually, we aim to use our learning for just design, advocacy, and planning!

1. 2060 Projections: National Institute of Oceaneography, Pakistan


We're a team committed to creating spatio-social justice in the face of changing climate!

Core Team

Namra Khalid

Founder & Director

Hafsa Ashfaque

Visual Design Lead

Umme Abiha Mehdi

Spatial Research Lead

Mikail Hashmi

Communication & Marketing Lead

Ghasharib Shoukat

Agriculture Specialist, Historian

Hurmat Ejaz

Environmental Manager

Ahad Ali

Spatial Designer

Jehanzeb Faraz

GIS Specialist

Lamya Khalid

Economic Development Specialist

Hassan Salman

Research Assistant

Interns 2022 - 23

Aneeza Khan
A levels
Cedar College, 2022

Hassan Salman
BSc. (Hons) Social Development & Policy
Habib University, 2023

Huma Sultan
Bachelors of Architecture
National College of Arts (NCA), 2023

Iqra Arsalan
IB Diploma
Beaconhouse School System, 2024

Khatyan Hasaan
A levels
Sceptre College, 2024

Laila Bukhari
BA Sustainable Environment
Design UC Berkeley, 2025

Manaal Ahmed
A levels,
Karachi Grammar School, 2024

Neha Abid Sayeed
MA (Hons) History of Art
University of Edinburgh, 2024

Syeda Khudaija Reza
BSc. (Hons) Social Development & Policy,
Habib University, 2024

Syeda Zainab Rizvi
BA Communication & Design,
Habib University, 2024


Khalid, Namra. Karachi Cartography Presentation. ‘The World Around Summit.’ Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA, Earth Day - April 22, 2023.

Karachi Cartography Short Film Premiere. ‘Guggenheim Late Shift x The World Around: Introducing The Young Climate Prize Finalist. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA, April 23, 2023.

Khalid, Namra. 'Cartographic Analysis to Understand Climate Change in Karachi,' open lecture, Habib University, Karachi, Pakistan, March 13, 2023.

Shoukat, Ghasharib. 'Discussion on the Impact of Climate Crisis on Food Security,' lecture, Karachi Cartography and Pakistan Agriculture Research (PAR), Karachi Cartography studios, Karachi, Pakistan, January 2, 2023.

Khalid, Namra. 'Karachi Cartography as a Case Study for Using Mapping as Research Methodology,' lecture, Foundation Year Research Methodology, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan, April 29, 2022.

Khalid, Namra. 'Understanding the Story of Karachi through Maps,' lecture, Introduction to GIS with QGIS class, Habib University, Karachi, Pakistan, March 28, 2022.


Khalid, Namra. Recipient Young Climate Visionary Prize for
Karachi Cartography, jointly awarded by the World Around, Meta Open Arts April 2023.

Khalid, Namra. Recipient 25 Under 25 Young Climate Designers for Karachi Cartography, jointly awarded by the World Around, Meta Open Arts and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. January 2023.


Dreith, Ben. ‘The World Around names four winners of inaugural Young Climate Prize,’ Dezeen, April 4, 2023.

The World Around. ‘Young Climate Prize 2023 winners,’ e-flux Architecture, April 4, 2023.

Loher, Nicole. ‘Young Climate Prize: Celebrating the Next Generation of Change.’ Meta Sustainability. April 4, 2023.

Marks, Anna. The World Around announces 25 finalists in its Young Climate Prize mentorship initiative,’ Dezeen, February 22, 2023.


Khalid, Namra. ‘Heritage: Maps for a Lost City,’ Dawn - EOS,
March 19, 2023.

Khalid, Namra. ‘Karachi Flooding & the Infrastructural Mayhem,’ Pakistan Agriculture Research (PAR), March 15, 2023.