Rehabilitation Center | The 3rd Gender | Academic Projects
|Project||Rehabilitation Center | The 3rd Gender|
|Location||Abdul Star Eidhi Road Lahore ,Pakistan|
|Area||26,750 Sq ft|
|University||University Of Lahore|
Rehabilitation of a “mindset” by bridging the commonalities between the two humans of the society through architecture.
The project is based on one of the marginalized group of Pakistan, “Khawja Sara- Transgender” community. In the culture of Indian sub-continent a Transgender (Hijra) is usually considered a member of “The third Sex”, neither man nor woman. Pakistan is a conservative society where Khawaja saras are left to live a very secret and self-confined lives in order to avoid discrimination and abuse. Khawaja Saras are associated to dancing, begging and prostitution in Pakistan and allude from decent jobs and other life opportunities. They deserve equality, respect, happiness, a better standard of living, education and employment just like the rest of us.
The targeted population for this project is transgender community. This projects site is located in Lahore, Pakistan .The recent census shows over 10000 transgender population in Pakistan in which 64.4% of transgender population are in Punjab .Out of 100%, 42% dance, 12% beg & 15% are involved in sex work to earn their income. 36% out of the 100% are below the line of literacy. Lack of literacy promotes wrong source of income.
The aim of this project is not only to bring peace to the group but majorly to help the process of interaction between them in order to make both sides experience living together. It is needed to rehabilitate the mindset by bridging the commonalities between the two humans of the society through architecture. Thus a Rehab cum Cultural center is designed which will facilitate Economic Regeneration, provide Social Recognition, which will result in better interaction. Moreover, informal education and a physical and mental rehabilitation facility for the Khawaja Saras is provided to improvise their standard of living.
A though research is done based on both visible and invisible differentiations and the basic trait of transgender is executed in design. Khawaja Saras dwell in a conflict between masculinity and femininity. They have a masculine structure but a feminine outlook. The idea is to achieve a balance between masculine and feminine by form and space. The planning is rather more masculine and an organic feminine form, veil on it, just like in Khawaja Saras.