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Yasmeen Lari

Architecture on Stage

A wooden built structure by architect Yasmeen Lari; an example of barefoot architecture

We are joined by Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan’s first female architect, who will present her work at the intersection of architecture and social justice. 

Termed 'Barefoot Social Architecture' in reference to the number of people on the planet who are forced to walk without shoes, Lari’s work provides social and ecological justice to marginalized communities. It incorporates environmental, cultural and technical dimensions for bringing about social change, transforming mindsets from a cycle of dependency to a culture of pride and self-reliance.

Winner of this year's Jane Drew Prize for contribution to architecture, awarded by The Architectural Review and The Architects' Journal, Lari's methods are rooted in low cost/zero carbon/zero waste strategies, with forms and techniques drawn from heritage and local sustainable materials. These systems protect the planet's resources, at the same time encouraging local economic regeneration for the benefit of those living at the bottom of the pyramid.

This talk is in partnership with the W Awards, organised by The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal.

The Architecture Foundation, in association with the Barbican, presents Architecture on Stage – a programme of talks by the world's leading architects.


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