The grand architecture and open spaces need to be made a hallmark of educational institutions, which inspire creative thinking and create a healthy atmosphere for young minds said Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul, while inaugurating the Urban Design Thinkers Conference at COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) on Wednesday. She said that the CPEC projects are being carefully evaluated for a benefit before any further action is initiated in order to preserve the natural heritage that may possibly be affected due to development activity. CUI Rector Raheel Qamar said urban design thinking is a critical subject as the future of humanity lies in making sustainable cities. Speakers highlighted the importance of modern urban design and called for developing new cities, towards the west of the Indus along with the development projects of the CPEC.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 6th, 2019.