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Text crit by tiffanyattali
May 18, 2016, 4:07 am
Filed under: 2015-16

From Bloody Bricks to Golden Fibers


Bloody Bricks and Golden Fibers

(I guess the second one is more catchy / punchy, what do you think ?) 

The Golden Belt of Dhaka is a time-based project that aims to frame the expansion of the city and define its edge. As thousands of climate refugees are settling there, it is an emergency to create an environment that can elevate their social status. The architecture I am prosing is generating  a whole ecosystem around jute, addressing a working, educative and social environment. It is taking benefit of this local resource that has a wide range of application, from manufactured products, to energy source, construction material and also known as the Golden Fiber for its color and high pecuniary value.

The process will start from the only remaining brick factory inside the Dhaka Metropolitan Area, as a memorial for the labor endured by the brick workers in those stifling factories in order to build the city. The study of this apocalyptical stage in the climate refugees’ journey lead to the development of this architectural process.

The former brick factory contains a jute mill on the ground level, and attached to the chimney, a conveyer belt like process is shaping and solidifies some waved jute in order to produce envelops for living and working and public spaces. They will be then displaced along the structure with a rail system.

The structure aims to demonstrate a sustainable and inspirational relationship with resources: harvesting renewable and fast growing material rather than excavating the land.

The expansion strategy is a continuous container-like structure on Dhaka’s edge where elements can be differentiated and positioned to create variations according to places, people, costs and needs. During the first stage of the project, the first 200 meters will be built. It offers the possibility to provide a qualitative living environment for 66 families with a population density three times superior at Dhaka’ s average. By creating different types of elevated grounds, the structure will hosts different programs such as jute workshops and market places, food markets, public places or learning centers.

As a connecting thread to link those program, agriculture pods will be allocated to each family, to assure a certain level of vegetation in the city. The privilege of owning that elevated land will encourage the inhabitants to be part of this ecosystem.

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The text starts well. A few things that should improve:

-Why to demarcate the limit of dhaka is important. What does has to do with land? Is that because the perimeter of the city blends with infrastructure (brick factories) and that same frontier is the one that is perpetrating and creating sub-human conditions for migrating people? So what are the benefits of exploring that border (or in other words what des the project wants to achieve?)?

– The text should quote a figure data about migration (from where/how much), but also establish how many people or rough average your project wants to deal with. Just an initial reference to quantity, not sure if you can have that for tomorrow, but it would be useful if you can mention or in case someone asks you.

– The aspect of elevated land is interesting, how that threshold of being a limit works with elevated land? Would that have an effect not of container, but of demarcation, of creating and transforming the inside of immediate areas of the edge?

– So overall, do not rush so much the parts, bring some data and be more explicit about your brief intentions and your terminology, otherwise there will be only idea, but not elaboration upon it.

Good luck!

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