Architect Yasmeen Lari has built over 36,000 disaster relief shelters

Architect Yasmeen Lari has built over 36,000 disaster relief shelters


“Al Jazeera’s ‘Rebel Architecture’ series kicked off last week with the very well-received “Guerilla Architect” about self-build Spanish architect Santiago Cirugeda. Kicking off today at 11:30pm BST (6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT) is “A Traditional Future” featuring the work of Pakistan’s first female architect Yasmeen Lari. Previously focused on designing modern buildings for high-profile corporate clients, Lari shifted her practice to disaster relief and humanitarian aid in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. For designers and architects interested in this area of work, Lari offers a unique approach to rebuilding using vernacular design and construction with locals over imported, mass-produced structures.

Yasmeen Lari is one of the most successful providers of disaster relief shelters in the world, having built over 36,000 houses for those hit by floods and earthquakes in Pakistan since 2010. Shunning the weak, mass-produced houses offered by international organisations, she uses vernacular techniques and local materials like lime and bamboo, with a tiny carbon footprint and simple enough for people to build themselves.”

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