LAUNCH OF ORGANISATION / FIRST PROJECT / ONE DAY PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
WHERE: ATTLEE CENTRE, THRAWL STREET, LONDON, E1
WHEN: SATURDAY 11th 2011 TIME: 5.30 pm ? 9.00 pm
On Saturday June 11th is the launch of Para, a new architectural social enterprise which will focus on working on projects in Bangladesh. The founders of the charity are Bangladeshi and British Bangladeshi and have identified a pressing need for architects to play a bigger role in the development of the country and its communities. The mission of the organisation is to research and develop small projects that will enhance spaces in communities through a process of design participation. Their aims are to build a creative school of thought and a multi?disciplinary studio based practice in Sylhet as the base of their work in Bangladesh. The enterprise will be registered in the UK to promote the need for a wide range of professionals to participate in the development of Bangladesh, especially the growing number of professionals of Bangladeshi descent. The Bangladeshi diaspora will play a key role in this organisation as they bring with them cultural understandings of many issues in Bangladesh as well as their professional expertise.
PARA will launch its first research project on the night, a learning resource centre for the Urdu speaking Communities, living in permanent settlement camps known as the Bihari camps, in Dhaka. This community has recently been granted citizenship in 2008. They have fallen behind in the race for education due to a lack of access to resources and barriers in political and socio?economic conditions. Currently the community stands at a population of 250,000 throughout Bangladesh, with a majority in Dhaka, their living conditions are dire and this initial project will enable Para to develop and work with the community towards a long term goal of obtaining an equal footing in main stream society.
The need to address issues in marginalised communities as well as respond to those needs will be a priority for Para. They will look to engage with practitioners in Bangladesh and the wider international community to address and push forward ideas.
The launch night is free and open to the public and will consist of special guests, live music, a unique workshop with Momenul Haque, poetry recital and 2 photography exhibitions. Ruhul Abdin will exhibit photographs from his recent tour of Bangladesh and Sunara Begum will exhibit photographs of the members from the Urdu Speaking community.