This book describes six months of initial intensive activities within a motivating multidisciplinary project to achieve sustainable social, economic, and environmental revitalization in the historic core of Multan City, Pakistan. The project is managed by Fondazione Politecnico di Milano within the framework of the 'Pakistan-Italian Debt for Development Swap Agreement' and has five components: a livelihood improvement program, a living conditions improvement program, revitalization of physical assets, establishment of a Pakistan-Italian resource centre in Multan, and an Italian collaboration program for training and capacity building. All aspects are covered in this book, which provides a comprehensive account of progress in this excellent example of cross-cultural cooperation between a Western and an Eastern country in regenerating an historic populated site.
Adalberto Del Bo currently teaches Architectural and Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano. He is the Politecnico's delegate for relationships with South-Central Asia and Pakistan. He has to his credit more than 100 publications on projects, built works, and theoretical and practical issues of architectural and urban design. He is a member of Politecnico di Milano's scientific boards with reference to historical and urban design research activities in Hu Yang (Guang Dong, China) and the World Bank's urban activities for European and Central Asia Cities.
Daniele F. Bignami graduated in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan and obtained his PhD in Urban, Land, and Environmental Planning in 2005. He is currently in charge of the course on 'Hydrogeological risk and civil protection' at the Politecnico of Milan within the MSc in Environmental Engineering. He has collaborated on projects with the Italian Government - Civil Protection Department and with the Institute for an Industrial Safety Culture of Toulouse (France). In 2005 he was hired by Politecnico of Milan Foundation as Research Project Manager in the Project Development Department, where he works at and supervises research projects within the fields of environment protection, disaster reduction, urban and land planning, transport and infrastructure, energy, and sustainable development at national and international levels.