Yasmeen Lari, a celebrated architect in Pakistan, has created an innovative model for building flood-resilient homes. The houses are made of local materials like bamboo and mud, and have proven to withstand devastating floods. The design also focuses on self-reliance, teaching communities to build the houses themselves. Lari’s foundation provides technical advice and specialist materials while the community sources local material and provides the labor. Solar panels and hand pumps are also provided to ensure self-sufficiency. Other NGOs have used Lari’s designs and have built hundreds of these homes, providing shelter to those affected by the floods. The houses are lauded for their versatility in different climate pressures, such as extreme heat. The design has been particularly beneficial for landless tenant farmers who can relocate the houses easily. However, it is important to note that the model is not a one-size-fits-all solution, as some areas have encountered issues with pests consuming the bamboo material. Community-based decision-making is integral to ensure climate resilience and diverse solutions.
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