Society for the Promotion of Art and Culture

New facility at TGD

NGOs work on multifaceted cooperation with other similar interest NGOs, organizations and people.
Dr Norbert Pintsch, senior expert from SES is now working on a new idea to foster cooperation between AFA, Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka (TGD called Dolls' Village) and SPARC (Lahore).

The idea is to have a new building in TGD for students, guest and volunteers. The main structure will have ample space and will run with appropriate technology. The rooms will be built with mud by architecture students from Lahore institutions.

Other students, for example for the Pottery Project of TTTC and WAC (also guests and volunteers) will also be able to use the same rooms for staying overnight, too.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 12:33 PM, ,

Development in AFA

Pottery is one of the most sought after skill at Thatta Kedona. Pottery development with Monika Kuppler has a long history. This time TTTC (Men Centre) and WAC (Women Centre) are discussing to take pottery work to the next level. The new idea is to establish a second traditional kiln on the pump house plot, meanwhile for the electric kiln a generator has already been arranged. With the new kiln, Thatta Kedona Pottery Project has become independent from (uncertain) WAPDA energy supply that comes from main grid.
Perhaps next year another type of oven will be given a chance that all together will be a new experience for coming guests, specially for students coming from various universities in Lahore (for guidance and practice).

The same will be useful for the students of architecture.

In both the cases a new building is necessary, where SPARC, Lahore is also involved.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 12:10 PM, ,

SES Expert to support two GIZ implemented Projects in Bangladesh

As the first Senior Expert contracted by GIZ BD, Dr. Norbert Pintsch is in Bangladesh to share his experience on climate adapted architecture which he gained as an SES expert in several developing countries, including Pakistan, Cameroon and Columbia. Dr. Norbert Pintsch will visit the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Conservation in Coastal Protection Forests Project (SBDC) and the Coastal Livelihood Adaptation Project (CLAP) in Khulna and Bargunar respectively to meet relevant stakeholders and study the local topology of the architecture there. Based on the study, it is expected that he will offer advice on how to strengthen buildings and infrastructure with regard to the increasing threats posed by the consequences of climate change.

Dr. Pintsch is sent by the Senior Experten Service (SES), which is a non-profit organization of the German industry for international cooperation and offers interested retires the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to others in a voluntary capacity, both within Germany and abroad. GIZ Bangladesh is one of the two official representatives of SES in Bangladesh and this is the first assignment processed by GIZ BD as official representation.

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