Architecture for the Future
288 pp., 7 x 9 in, 180 figs.
- Published: May 9, 2023
- Publisher: The MIT Press
A rich exploration of the extraordinary life and work of celebrated architect Yasmeen Lari.
After more than three decades as a renowned global architect, Yasmeen Lari, the first woman to open her own architecture firm in Pakistan in 1964, developed Zero Carbon Architecture, which unites ecological and social justice. This volume, edited by Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasny, and Marvi Mazhar, presents Lari's trajectory from exemplary modernist to zero carbon revolutionary, with a focus on her remarkable contributions to the global architectural movement to decarbonize and decolonize. The book includes extensive photographs, drawings, and plans from Lari's archive, most of which have not previously been shown or published.
Lari's architectural thinking and activism have always gone beyond the quest for a singular built solution. Rather, she strategically plans systemic approaches and solutions, be it for housing, a heritage foundation, or zero-carbon shelters with communities at risk. Original essays from diverse international contributors contextualize Lari's work; investigate architecture and the postimperial, postcolonial, and postpartition condition; and examine the intersections of architecture and human rights, climate change, decolonization, gender, care, activism, and vernacular innovation. More than a tribute to Yasmeen Lari's extraordinary career, this volume brings her legacy forward and shows how to create change today
Abira Ashfaq, Cassandra Cozza, Angelika Fitz, Runa Kahn, Anne Karpf, Elke Krasny, Marvi Mazhar, Marvi Mazhar, Chris Moffat, Anila Naeem, Raquel Rolnik, Helen Thomas, Rafia Zakaria
“The world of Yasmeen Lari invites us to shift the axes of our worlds to other bodies of knowledge, literacies and imaginations. A much-desired discourse for our time.”
Sumayya Vally, Principal of Counterspace
“Yasmeen Lari exemplifies the architect as an immense force for a more sustainable and humane world. From early in her career, she understood the necessity for architecture to participate expansively in building our societies. Her work remains a true inspiration."
Lori Brown, Professor, School of Architecture, Syracuse University; co-editor of The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture, 1960–2015
“Strong words from a strong woman who, throughout her life, has been on the road less travelled.”