“An encouraging example of self-reliance” – Holcim Awards Jury
The outstanding highlight of this initiative to create eleven training centers for the reconstruction of private houses, is the consequent renunciation of typically-applied modern construction materials and techniques such as steel and reinforced concrete. In the isolated mountain areas of Pakistan such methods are not feasible. Hence, the approach consisted of identifying the retained as well as already-lost know-how, developing the missing parts and creating a simple manual for the construction of earthquake resistant dwellings with local materials and skills.
Last updated: June 05, 2008 Shanghai, China
Even more important was to establish the self-conﬁdence and the motivation among the local population through pilot projects and training. The jury has commended this project because it’s an encouraging example of self-reliance in exceptional situations and the potential of using advanced engineering knowledge to dramatically improve the efﬁciency and reliability of traditional techniques based on local resources.