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Yasmeen Lari sets out her vision for "barefoot social architecture" in a live interview as part of Dezeen 15

Day five of the Dezeen 15 digital festival featured a live interview with Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari, who explained her work developing low-carbon buildings for disadvantaged people.

In her manifesto published earlier today, Lari wrote: "The disadvantaged and those that live on the margins need more, not less, design to achieve a better quality of life."

"We need to do away with the prevalent colonial mindset and the desire to create imposing megastructures," added Lari, who champions what she calls "barefoot social architecture" in her native Pakistan.

Lari, the first woman in Pakistan to qualify as an architect, worked as a commercial architect but now dedicates her time to developing low-carbon projects including housing schemes for victims of natural disasters through the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan, a non-profit organisation she cofounded.

Dezeen is publishing a range of her projects as part of her contribution to Dezeen 15, including smokeless stoves, a bamboo community centre and terracotta tiling for a street in Karachi.

Dezeen 15 is a three-week digital festival celebrating Dezeen's 15th birthday. Each workday, a different creative will present a manifesto setting out an idea that could change the world over the next 15 years.

Click here for details of all 15 contributors.