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FAZLAY RABBI

International Finale - Architectural Category

BURIGANGA: RESUSCITATING DHAKA'S LIFELINE

Push the reset button of Buriganga River During Covid, many things have been taken away from us but mother nature has been revived. Healthy, green & unpolluted environment with the area of child play, exercise & walking facilities are badly needed for people to take care of their mental & physical health for the post […]

Push the reset button of Buriganga River

During Covid, many things have been taken away from us but mother nature has been revived. Healthy, green & unpolluted environment with the area of child play, exercise & walking facilities are badly needed for people to take care of their mental & physical health for the post covid world.

Dhaka has celebrated more than 400th anniversary as the capital of Bengal proclaimed by the Mughals in the early 17th century. The history, livelihood, culture and heritage of Dhaka City have been largely shaped by this small but important river.

Oldest Paintings collected from British Library clearly represent the vibrant Buckland Bund & Buriganga river bank activities such as walking, exercising, trading, boating. Days have passed, all those days are history now but water pollution in this river is at its highest.

Despite the Buriganga River not having spoken to a human being, it feels the effects of our activity and changes its colour as tons of wastes, plastics & untreated sewage water penetrate the river each day which successively destroy the biodiversity of the River & makes it biologically dead.

Water quality was improved during covid 19. but after the pandemic, the picture is as it was before. It’s high time to push the reset button of Buriganaga River front & as well as the post Covid Era.My design inspiration was the meandering characteristics of rivers.

Post Covid people can be divided broadly into two categories. Some are normal like before. Some are over sensitive. So urban areas should consider their perspective & make them comfortable through green. First we need to address them. Then just engage them with the community with spatial design & various kinds of activity.

My site is in Shadarghat area stretching from Babubazar Bridge to the opening of Dholaikhal. Many eye soothing & important heritage structure like Ahsan Manjil Complex, North Brook Hall, Gol Talab, Ruplal Housing are situated on the opposite side of my site. They are ignored & covered by illegal structure.So, I connect all those structure & roads to the Riverbank ghats by walking pave. One way trails for running are design to the perpendicular side of the ghats alongside the walking pave surrounded by green to address the sensitive people. Nodes & Heritage structure are thought as the place of interaction with different types of people. Child Playing Zone & Area for exercising are considered as a vital need throughout my design.

Before ensuring all of the above, Buriganga River area needs to clean up & create a base to develop a healthy environment. Post covid people enjoy the clean space only.

To create a polluted free area, I have designed two !The Sinuous Station” on the left and right most corner. The form is inspired from the ever changing course character of the river. This form represents that “The lifeline of Dhaka" is beating & will be alive soon.They work as a water treatment plant connected with Dholaikhal & the river. They treat water, clean the junks & increase its dissolved oxygen capacity. On the other hand, Dump Rally Pods collect the garbages from the river surface. The elements can cooperate and optimise the power source to create a self sufficient living organism powered with the solar energy. The Natural forces affect the collection of garbage from rivers. Two thirds of the WTP project is under-grounded to keep the look of the traditional Dhaka. Undisturbed pathways & natural park-like space are on the top.

Local Junk collectors will work there to collect the junks from the project and organise them according to different types of categories which will flourish different kinds of waste business. It will also create opportunities & chances for jobless people to grow their own business.

has pedestrian walkways guided through lines considering the post pandemic situation. There are different colours of ghats for boats according to their service such as river tourism, communication, traditional hotel boats etc.

The Biodiversity Research Pod is designed from the !Water Lily”. (Nymphaea Nouchali). It's the national flower of Bangladesh. The underwater part of the Floating Research Pods will clean the underwater 8 inch thick plastic layer and restore the balance in the water environment. Research unit will Ensure the biodiversity of the glorious past. Extensive research will be done in the water container so that fish can survive and adapt to this water. It creates an interdisciplinary platform to fight against dilution of our action onshore.

This project creates a community through Lal Kuthi evening show, who will be concerned about their health as well as harming the environment. It will revive the ancient landscape of Dhaka & Buriganaga river bank. It will also revive the activities of Coronation Park & Buckland bund. Finally it will rejuvenate the lifeline of Dhaka and riverfront development once again.

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Push the reset button of Buriganga River

During Covid, many things have been taken away from us but mother nature has been revived. Healthy, green & unpolluted environment with the area of child play, exercise & walking facilities are badly needed for people to take care of their mental & physical health for the post covid world.

Dhaka has celebrated more than 400th anniversary as the capital of Bengal proclaimed by the Mughals in the early 17th century. The history, livelihood, culture and heritage of Dhaka City have been largely shaped by this small but important river.

Oldest Paintings collected from British Library clearly represent the vibrant Buckland Bund & Buriganga river bank activities such as walking, exercising, trading, boating. Days have passed, all those days are history now but water pollution in this river is at its highest.

Despite the Buriganga River not having spoken to a human being, it feels the effects of our activity and changes its colour as tons of wastes, plastics & untreated sewage water penetrate the river each day which successively destroy the biodiversity of the River & makes it biologically dead.

Water quality was improved during covid 19. but after the pandemic, the picture is as it was before. It’s high time to push the reset button of Buriganaga River front & as well as the post Covid Era.My design inspiration was the meandering characteristics of rivers.

Post Covid people can be divided broadly into two categories. Some are normal like before. Some are over sensitive. So urban areas should consider their perspective & make them comfortable through green. First we need to address them. Then just engage them with the community with spatial design & various kinds of activity.

My site is in Shadarghat area stretching from Babubazar Bridge to the opening of Dholaikhal. Many eye soothing & important heritage structure like Ahsan Manjil Complex, North Brook Hall, Gol Talab, Ruplal Housing are situated on the opposite side of my site. They are ignored & covered by illegal structure.So, I connect all those structure & roads to the Riverbank ghats by walking pave. One way trails for running are design to the perpendicular side of the ghats alongside the walking pave surrounded by green to address the sensitive people. Nodes & Heritage structure are thought as the place of interaction with different types of people. Child Playing Zone & Area for exercising are considered as a vital need throughout my design.

Before ensuring all of the above, Buriganga River area needs to clean up & create a base to develop a healthy environment. Post covid people enjoy the clean space only.

To create a polluted free area, I have designed two !The Sinuous Station” on the left and right most corner. The form is inspired from the ever changing course character of the river. This form represents that “The lifeline of Dhaka" is beating & will be alive soon.They work as a water treatment plant connected with Dholaikhal & the river. They treat water, clean the junks & increase its dissolved oxygen capacity. On the other hand, Dump Rally Pods collect the garbages from the river surface. The elements can cooperate and optimise the power source to create a self sufficient living organism powered with the solar energy. The Natural forces affect the collection of garbage from rivers. Two thirds of the WTP project is under-grounded to keep the look of the traditional Dhaka. Undisturbed pathways & natural park-like space are on the top.

Local Junk collectors will work there to collect the junks from the project and organise them according to different types of categories which will flourish different kinds of waste business. It will also create opportunities & chances for jobless people to grow their own business.

has pedestrian walkways guided through lines considering the post pandemic situation. There are different colours of ghats for boats according to their service such as river tourism, communication, traditional hotel boats etc.

The Biodiversity Research Pod is designed from the !Water Lily”. (Nymphaea Nouchali). It's the national flower of Bangladesh. The underwater part of the Floating Research Pods will clean the underwater 8 inch thick plastic layer and restore the balance in the water environment. Research unit will Ensure the biodiversity of the glorious past. Extensive research will be done in the water container so that fish can survive and adapt to this water. It creates an interdisciplinary platform to fight against dilution of our action onshore.

This project creates a community through Lal Kuthi evening show, who will be concerned about their health as well as harming the environment. It will revive the ancient landscape of Dhaka & Buriganaga river bank. It will also revive the activities of Coronation Park & Buckland bund. Finally it will rejuvenate the lifeline of Dhaka and riverfront development once again.

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