Orangi Pilot Project — Scheduled, Sadly, During Our Class

The Design and Urban Practice Colloquium is a public lecture series at The New School on alternative and innovative forms of design and urban practice.  The Colloquium is organized by the School of Design Strategies at Parsons to celebrate the launch of three new programs, MA Theories of Urban Practice, MS Design and Urban Ecologies, and BS Urban Design.

Designing Radical Transformation with the Orangi Pilot Project
[Winner of the World Habitat Award]
by Arif Hasan, Architect, Planner, Consultant, and Chair of the Urban Resource Centre, Karachi, Pakistan

Wednesday, November 30, 2011  ·  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The New School
Room 1200, 6 East 16th Street, 12th floor
Between Fifth Avenue and Union Square in Manhattan

Orangi Pilot Project

The Orangi Pilot Project is a remarkable 30-year project that has been working in Orangi, Karachi’s largest informal settlement.  The Project began working at the neighborhood level, with people financing and managing their own facilities such as sewage and water supply systems, schools, clinics, solid waste disposal and security.  Through the project, the poor in Orangi in 105,000 houses situated along 6,000 lanes have built their own toilets and sewage system, thus investing over $2 million of their own money to do so.  The extremely successful design and implementation of the infrastructure project led to a housing support program, a health program, an education program, and women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment.  The Orangi Pilot Project has been called “one of Pakistan’s most influential non-governmental organizations and perhaps the world’s best-known non-governmental project in large- scale provision of sanitation for the urban poor.”

Arif Hasan

Arif Hasan is an architect, planner, and Chair of the Urban Resource Centre in Karachi, who has long worked closely with the Orangi Pilot Project.  He has published several books and journal articles, especially about the Orangi Pilot Project.  He is a visiting professor at the Department of  Architecture and Planning at the NED University, Karachi; Visiting Fellow of the International Institute for Environment and Development, UK; Member of the Executive Committee of the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights, Bangkok; Member of the UN’s Advisory Group on Forced Evictions; and Chairperson of the Government of Pakistan’s Task Force on Urbanization.  He has received several awards, including the International Year for the Shelterless Memorial Award, the Prince Claus Award for Urban Heroes, the Hilal-e-Imtiaz from the Government of Pakistan and an Ashoka Fellowship.

Lecture Series

Full list of public lectures in the Design and Urban Practice Colloquium series


Aseem Inam, Ph.D.
Director, Theories of Urban Practice Program and Associate Professor of Urbanism
Parsons The New School for Design
New York City

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