Doh Eain is a participatory design practice based in Yangon, Myanmar, dedicated to building better cities. In a world of rapid urbanisation, we want to make sure cities are places with identity, and that they are liveable, inclusive and sustainablae. That is why we are a social enterprise that specialises in preserving heritage, improving public space, and organising activities that connect people to places.
Doh Eain began informally when towards the end of 2015 we helped our now team member Gulam and his family renovate their second apartment in a historical building on Bogalay Zay street. Due to the illness of their mother, this family had run into financial trouble. Receiving financial and design support from us, their apartment was upgraded to modern standards and rented out to a new tenant. Renovation was paid back within a year, while the family started enjoying a solid monthly income. Soon after, family members and friends owning heritage spaces started approaching us with similar requests for restoration help.
We realised that heritage restoration and upgrading urban spaces is not only of value to a city and its historical and cultural identity, but can also improve people’s livelihoods, support neighbourhood’s socio-economic growth, and contribute to social cohesion, health, wellbeing and sustainability. Preserving and improving heritage and urban landscapes directly with the people and communities that inhabit them will be key in maintaining city’s unique characteristics and creating an urban environment that will make people and society thrive. Thus, we formed Doh Eain and set out on this mission.
Doh Eain prides itself on being a locus of productive activity making a demonstrable contribution to the built environment, the social fabric of the community and wellbeing of individuals.
Doh Eain’s Impact Goals are:
1) Sense of Place
2) Access to Safe and inclusive Public Spaces
3) Social Cohesion
4) Healthier Communities
5) Ecological Impact
6) Economic Vibrancy
7) Sense of Agency and Ability to Shape One’s Environment
8) Increased Capacity for Restoration and Placemaking