The Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements and the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in partnership with the British Council recently launched a project titled “Hidden Heritage: Homes in Dhaka” at Haturia House, Bangshal.
The event primarily focused on the houses in Dhaka from various periods of history.
The Hidden Heritage project aims to record the history of Dhaka’s buildings and the stories behind them.
Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Bangladesh Charles Whiteley spoke about the Hidden Heritage project and expressed his delight at being able to inaugurate this landmark event, at a historical site in old Dhaka.
“Great to join colleagues and friends celebrating the EU-supported Hidden Heritage project at Haturia House in Old Dhaka – keeping alive time-honoured Bangladesh heritage,” he tweeted.
Several historic buildings in Dhaka have gained popularity, garnering interest for their fading architectural qualities.
However, with social and economic changes, many of the buildings are now being replaced by newer ones.
Conceived as a dedicated documentation and web-based presentation of significant homes and buildings, the project documents selected buildings or spaces within the perimeter of the Dhaka city, along with their historical, societal and environmental context.
It is a first-of-its-kind in presenting the architectural heritage of Dhaka, said a media release on Wednesday.
The web-based presentation involves a multi-media platform with a virtual tour including 360-degree photography, videos, photographs, drawings and other forms of narration.