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Episode 16 | Design, Development and Disaster Mitigation in Pakistan

Yasmeen Lari details the growth of resilient architecture and sustainable development in Pakistan.

Episode 16 | Design, Development and Disaster Mitigation in Pakistan

About Heritage Foundation of Pakistan
The Heritage Foundation of Pakistan is a non-profit working at the intersection of architecture and social justice. Since the 2005 Swat earthquake, they have become one of the world’s most successful provider of sustainable, resilient disaster relief structures, building more than 36,000 houses for victims of floods and earthquakes in Pakistan since 2010.They are also very involved in historic conservation projects in villages all around Pakistan.

The Foundation was established in 1980 by husband and wife team Yasmeen and Suhail Zaheer Lari. Yasmeen Lari has the distinction of being Pakistan’s first female architect. Prior to her work with the Foundation, Yasmeen built giant concrete and steel buildings for clients such as the Pakistani State Oil company. She also played a leading role in the formation of the architecture profession within Pakistan.

The Heritage Foundation of Pakistan is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.


Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our Producer and Sound Engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Leah Freidenrich, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation. Our theme music for 2017 is "Sorry" by Comfort Fit. The break music is "Bangla Dhun" by Ravi Shankar from the album "The Concert For Bangladesh."