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' (BASA) 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, encouraging a transformation of mindsets from a cycle of dependency to a culture of pride and self-reliance.

BASA employs participatory methods rooted in low cost/zero carbon/zero waste strategies, with forms and techniques drawn from heritage and using local sustainable materials. By maximizing the barefoot ecosystem, its eco-enterprises help protect the resources of the planet, at the same time providing an impetus to local economic regeneration for the benefit of those living at the bottom of the pyramid.

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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