Realizing the role of urban heritage as a source of social cohesion, creativity and innovation a Historic Urban landscape project initiated in Rawalpindi (RHUL) a neighboring city of Islamabad which aims to manage the heritage resources in dynamic, constantly changing cities and not in isolation.
The focus of the 1st phase was to lay the groundwork and develop ideas for a larger and longer term project and seek substantial funding through developing collaborative partnerships between city and municipal governments, heritage conservation bodies, and academic institutions and research centers in order to connect cultural heritage conservation and urban development initiatives and create synergies. So in the first phase a number of studies carried out in Rawalpindi on the built environment and architectural features, green spaces, legislative and administrative framework, socio-economic profile. Development of guidelines for adaptive reuse of historic buildings is a component of 2nd phase of the RHUL project which aims to improve living conditions in the Old City by rehabilitating the historic building own by public and private sector. In order to improve the living and built environment of the old cities, it is essential that structures and facilities are rehabilitated and modernized to give a new life to buildings while retaining the historic character and identity of the place. These guidelines will be developed in close collaboration with the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA).