Editor's Picks #445
At the begining of Apri, Nicholas Korody published 'The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?' For Jeremy Miller the takeway was "am clearly paying my intern too much, that must be why I am not a successful famous Architect...But Seriously, I can sort of see an unpaid... View full entry
Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan's first woman architect: "We need to democratize architecture"
All of us, including myself have been engaged in catering to the 0.1 per cent through our work. Our training has always been in material and designing architecture for that one per cent.
The kind of world we live in today, we need to democratise architecture. I know that it may give an impression that I am saying this only because I am retired now, but I have become deeply involved in how architecture can provide social justice and (grounds) for an equitable society.
— TheNews on Sunday
Related stories in the Archinect news:Relocation or Adaptation: Earth Home Project Brings Relief to Pakistanis Reeling from FloodsSave the only Neutra In PakistanArchitect of Osama bin Laden's hideout discovered the fate of his designs on Archinect! View full entry
Relocation or Adaptation: Earth Home Project Brings Relief to Pakistanis Reeling from Floods
In July 2010, heavy monsoon rains flooded nearly 20% of Pakistan, producing a crisis later described by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the worst disaster he had ever seen. The floods affected around 20 million people and claimed the lives of nearly 2,000. Ravaging infrastructure and... View full entry
Lahore authorities battle to restore splendour of ancient Walled City
The Walled City's gardens and squares are now obscured by illegal shops and businesses, the skyline cluttered by unplanned tenements and bundles of cables. For many of the 200,000 inhabitants crammed into these 4sq km, a fraction of Lahore's 7m population, drinking water is a rarity.
But last month the new Walled City of Lahore Authority met for the first time. The body oversees the ambitious plan to restore the past glory of the city's oldest neighbourhood.
Culture, ethics & architecture
Today, many Muslim societies like Pakistan are facing enormous challenges in terms of the built environment. At times construction-related activities are driven largely by economic forces with less consideration for their impact on common people and the environment. It is also observed that sometimes, buildings are constructed while copying from other contexts without considering the local context/culture. This process has posed critical challenges.
Save the only Neutra In Pakistan
"In 1955, the US State Department commissioned Richard Neutra to design a new embassy in Karachi. Neutra's appointment was part of an ambitious program of architectural commissions to renowned architects, which included embassies by Walter Gropius in Athens, Edward Durrell Stone in New Delhi... View full entry
Architect of Osama bin Laden's hideout discovered the fate of his designs on Archinect!
"To quote the unfortunate architect who claims to have been hired to design the mansion, who identifies himself as Bill - "On paper it was beautiful; a large entry court around a two story water feature, Italianate with Etruscan entablatures and friezes from the 13th Century Portuguese... View full entry
Osama bin Laden's hideout revealed
Many images from the compound reported to be the hideout of Osama bin Laden have surfaced. In addition to images of the compound, photos of portions of a helicopter have also been made available to us.