Academy for Democracy

LVS 2014

In 2014, the crises being visited is situated in Hunza Valley, where a landslide occurred in 2010 blocking the river resulted in the formation of Attabad lake. Along with several villages, a 35km long chunk of the Karakoram highway has been flooded due to the lake and has disrupted the only transport link between China and the south Asian countries (Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan) and China’s link to the warm waters. Furthermore, it has adversely effected the local populations popular source of income i.e. tourism. These events bring together a set of agencies, networks and economies that are assembled to contain chaos and normalize movement and life in and across the valley.This research taps into crises as a spatial and social condition, the acceleration of transformation of landscape and the position of built environment. It analyses the situation at different levels of transformation, the immediate, the on-going and the emerging contemporary landscape.