TEDxLahore - Arif Hasan - Building Better Cities by TEDx Talks   9 years ago

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Urban planner Arif Hasan charts the scale of settlement in Pakistan and its consequences. He surprises the audience with statistical evidence that calls for a second look at the population demographic.

About the speaker

An architect, teacher and social researcher, Arif Hasan has worked diligently to promote urban planning through the Urban Resource Centre. He has worked on various sites in Karachi and has developed successful housing programs including Urban Community program, Hasan Square and the Orangi Upgrading Project.

Mr. Hasan has worked on both local and international levels by serving as a consultant to United Nations agencies in hopes of facilitating better building practices among the people of the world. In 1990, Mr. Hasan was awarded the International Year for the Shelterless Memorial Award by the Japanese government, the Prince Claus Award for Urban Heroes in 2000. He also went on to receive the Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan and is an Ashoka Fellow.

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