Metropolis POV blog: Letter from Pakistan

Metropolis POV blog: Letter from Pakistan

David Johnson Travels to Affected Areas to Learn How William McDonough + Partners Might Help in Relief and Recovery
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Metropolis POV blog features moving letter on Pakistan recovery by William McDonough + Partners' David Johnson
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 12:00pm

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After two days of meetings in Islamabad with several organizations including the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, supporting NGOs, the National Engineering Services of Pakistan (who will be responsible for rebuilding standards and strategies), the Italian consulate, and the office of the Prime Minister responsible for organizing the national relief policy and organization, I’m prepared to travel to  the affected areas in the Sindh region, a vast, ancient alluvial plain at the confluence of nine rivers. Several weeks before I arrive here, the Sindh was experiencing heavy, seasonal monsoons. But the rising flood waters were actually the result of a much greater than normal rainfall to the north, where channels overflowed and flooded fields, grazing lands, roads, utilities, power stations, wells, schools, stores, as well as the settlements of tenant farmers and the homes of the many people who live impoverished lives close to the land.

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David Johnson, is a partner in William McDonough + Partners and the founding member of the firm’s San Francisco studio. His  portfolio includes residential architecture, planning, interiors, architectural design for a range of large-scale international urban planning projects and commercial and institutional buildings. David speaks frequently about Cradle to Cradle and architecture; most recently he keynoted the World Green Building Council’s International Congress in Singapore (September 2010).