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IEAP - 1506
Stamford University,Bangladesh / bd Bangladesh
1 members
Abdullah Al Hossain

Project type:
Otros

Boropukuria is the largest coal mine resource in Bangladesh. Boropukuria coal mine village is a pastoral village of Northern Bangladesh situated beside Boropukuria Coal Mine factory. Approximately 500 workers work day and night in this factory where 50% of these laborers live far from the factory. During the natural disaster and transportation problem, it is quite hard to reach home for them. Besides, the workers cannot afford their families with the income they get from the company. Considering all these circumstances and ensuring worker's basic needs BCMCL (Boropukuria Coal Mine Company Limited) takes an initiative to build an ideal living for coal mine workers. The main goal of the project is to achieve dignity, security, safety, peace, and happiness. I have designed a sustainable village whose life is above 35years. Here the worker can develop their lifestyle through household farming, handicraft, and shops besides working in factories. The preservation and development of the essence of the vernacular architecture of rural Bangladesh are also equally important.
To create an ideal village, I have defined primary, secondary and Tertiary spaces by which people can interact with daily activities. The design moreover inspired by ancient Bangla tradition which called 'Dig and Mountain.
The key aim of the project is to build comfortable housing which comes from their root and culture. A traditional rural 'Bengali House's an inheritance from the past, exists in the present, and has a potential for the future. The traditional house in its basic form is a cluster of small 'shelters' or Huts around a central courtyard called the 'Uthan'. The individual house may constitute the Following categories: 1. the outer house (Outhouse or Baithak Ghar) 2. The inner house (dwelling unit or Ghar) 3. Kitchen 4. The cattle shed, larger houses may also include the following: 5. the storehouse (fuel storage, granary) 6. The rice husking shed or Dheki Ghar.

Materials and technologies are simple, including locally compress earth block with bamboo reinforcement, local thatch, polythene sheet, and bamboo rafter using the roof, bamboo column with combination connection, and bamboo culms.

The project touches upon the sensitive aspect of working housing, one of the most neglected dimensions of industrial & construction sites. I tried to design a sustainable village whose life is above 35 years. Here the workers can develop their lifestyle through household farming, handicraft, and shops besides working in factories. The preservation and development of the essence of the vernacular architectures of rural Bangladesh are also equally important. The project's intention is to derive principles and keeping the vernacular architecture essence as traditional wisdom while interweaving present-day needs and priorities it reiterates the DNA of the architecture that stemmed from the place for the place and by the place.

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