Community as an Ice breaker: More together than alone

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


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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