Community as an Ice breaker: More together than alone

Mahnoor Imran 03:45 PM | 29 Jul, 2019
Community as an Ice breaker: More together than alone
LAHORE – The phase 5 commercial area is an ecological niche or a "natural area" for architects and other professional practices in which creativity is an essential prerequisite. My perception about the area is that of a very dull and boring neighbourhood that is expansively misconstrued and generally uninspiring.

The "Chicago School of Thought" very efficiently explains “Symbolic Interactionism”, which is a frame of reference for understanding human interactions and how it creates an environment which in turn shapes the human activities and interactions. It's basically a perpetual process that pushes people and their environments into contact, conflict and accommodation.

I feel that this social connection is what's missing here. Call me ambitious but I have always imagined this area as a friendly neighbourhood that embraces the concept of "The Public Realm". What we need is a public space that is neutral and inclusive of people of all backgrounds, ages and point of views. While doing research, I came across a really inspiring blog by the "Side Walk Labs". It basically ascertained the idea of a space that helps quality interactions to occur between people who wouldn't necessarily have come across each other otherwise.

"Each project is a device meant to get people talking and connecting to each other and their environment"; says Mouna Andraos, a Montreal based designer. Their whimsical projects are proof that playful public spaces inspire serious connection.

Technology has facilitated a lot of things, including online connection, but it is in the invisible space. I believe it is our job to bring these conversations out so they become tangible. The best way to achieve that, is to design an environment that is a "conversation starter" and an "enabler". Montreal based Design studio: Daily tous Les jours tries to "work with whatever assets are available in a place".

Following in their footsteps we should also try to create an infrastructure that creates pleasant memories. Not only that, but it will also create opportunities for informal learning which usually takes place outside educational or working establishments.

As the phase 5 commercial area is predominantly an architectural hub, WE are the “assets” in literal terms. Therefore we must come up with a proposal that echoes creativity which not only encourages but also inspires designers to come up with ingenious ideas. As a result, we can build a neighbourhood that not only reveals the fabric of the population that surrounds it, but also purposely generates excuses for people to bump into each other to collaborate. On a poetic level, we need people moving the tables together to really achieve things.

Mahnoor Imran
Mahnoor Imran

Mahnoor Imran is an Architecture graduate from Punjab University College of Art and Design (2011-2016). She is currently running her own “Dot Architects”.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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