The Bengal Institute, with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, conducted a special course on architecture that shapes our thinking and practice: Learning from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
The term ‘subaltern’ is a military term, referring to the captain’s assistant. It refers to the unrecognized and unfamiliar groups of people. The forum included the following participants: Saif ul-Huq, Marina Tabassum, Jalal Ahmad, Fuad Quauim and Hasibul Kabir. The forum participants sought to respond to two key questions:
How can architects come to the service of people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access the professional service of an architect? What can be done so that vast majority of people are not left out of an architect’s service?
How can we set some standards for the service we provide? How can we ensure that the people are not recipient of charity, so that they get the best of the services architects can offer?