251.702 excursion: architecture of non-Western traditions
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, EX, 2.0h, 2.0EC
Quinn ECTS survey


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: EX Excursion
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to critically reflect on topics of zero-carbon architecture in an urban and village context.

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Pakistan: Zero Carbon Architecture

The excursion is offered in combination with the following LVAs:

251,920 installations made of clay and bamboo in the AZW

251,851 Transferable Skill: Collaborative work / design build projects


Subject of course

The course takes place in cooperation with the Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari (guest professor) and the Architekturzentrum Wien. The Architekturzentrum Wien is dedicating an exhibition to Yasmeen Lari and her extraordinary work from March 2023.

There is also cooperation with students from Cambridge University (UK) and Lahore University (Pakistan). Together with students from these two universities, we will visit Yasmeen Lari's projects in Pakistan and take part in practical workshops with clay and bamboo.

Yasmeen Lari is a Pakistani architect with an exceptional career. After graduating from the Oxford School of Architecture, she returned to Pakistan and became the country's first female architect to open an architecture firm specializing in large-scale, public and residential buildings. In 2000, Lari retired from commercial architecture and founded the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan, an organization which, with the support of UNESCO, is still dedicated to preserving Pakistan's architectural heritage. Since several earthquake disasters and the devastating floods in 2010, Lari has mainly been involved in reconstruction (40,000 houses in 4 years), is involved with traditional architecture and is committed to affordable housing in the villages using clay and bamboo. With the establishment of the Zero Carbon Campus near the well-known UNESCO Heritage Site of Makli, Lari takes up the urgent issues of our time and researches and teaches in the field of sustainable low-tech building construction.


Heritage foundation: https://www.heritagefoundationpak.org/Hf 
Interview Yasmeen Lari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N1q5kzmitk
Tutorials Zero-Carbon-Architecture: https://youtube.com/c/YasmeenLarisZeroCarbonChannel

Teaching methods

Introductory lectures, 1:1 practical workshop, documentation

Mode of examination


Additional information

Excursion to Pakistan

26.11. – 10.12.2022

Preliminary program:

Nov 26: Flight Vienna Lahore

28/29 Nov: Lahore: Sightseeing program organized by students from the University of Lahore

30 Nov: Flight to Karachi (with students from Lahore), meeting with students from the University of Cambridge

1-3 Dec: Karachi: Joint workshop on cultural heritage and eco-urbanism based on Yasmeen's urban development project "Rahguzar Walking Street".

4 Dec: Makli: Visit to the World Heritage Site

5th-9th Dec: Shikari Village: Workshop with sustainable building materials (clay and bamboo) and construction of the women's center in Shikari village together with the community

Dec 8 or 9: Return flight from Karachi to Vienna




Examination modalities

- Participation 
- Active participation in workshops
- Excursion report

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Travel experience outside of Europe is an advantage.

Accompanying courses