Flood-Resilient Homes in Pakistan: A Traditional Future

Yasmeen Lari is Pakistan’s first female architect and one of the most successful providers of disaster relief shelters in the world. She has built more than 36,000 houses for victims of floods and earthquakes in Pakistan since 2010.

Lari once built giant concrete and steel buildings for clients such as the Pakistani State Oil company. But when disaster struck in 2005, she turned to traditional techniques to design flood and earthquake-proof buildings for people in remote regions.

Shunning the structurally weak, mass-produced houses offered by international organisations, Lari uses vernacular techniques and local materials such as lime and bamboo.

In this 2014 Rebel Architecture film, she returns to the Sindh region to see how her homes survived the 2013 floods.

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Flood-Resilient Homes in Pakistan: A Traditional Future
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Flood-Resilient Homes in Pakistan: A Traditional Future
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When disaster struck in 2005, she turned to traditional techniques to design flood and earthquake-proof buildings for people in remote regions of Pakistan.

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