NAME: Asif Hasan Zeshan (@zeshan67 [IG] )
COLLEGE – Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology
YEAR – 5th Year B arch
CATEGORY: Residential Building
PUBLISHED BY: ARCHIPEDIA
Architecture and infrastructure always complement each other. Yet infrastructure is often seen as a plug into architecture rather than an integral part of it. Due to this point of view, architecture often plays the role of a consumer of all kinds of infrastructure. In crisis time of any scale, any architecture can suffer if the supply of infrastructure is interrupted due to being the consumer. The theory of assemblage is based on growing together and sustain growth by being part of each other. Can infrastructures be considered as a part of building assembly? Can this assemblage
play the role of positivity in an extraordinary context? The financial, aesthetic, and technical side of architecture is taken into consideration too. The lifestyle of old Dhaka is eccentric. The urban development is dense, not because of a financial problem but because of the strange and powerful sense of neighborhood they share. The Bangshal pond is a place of relief in the dense locality of Bangshal. The same pond causes water clogging and disrupts the area around it due to the very weak water distribution and retention system provided by the authority. This
project aimed to address the problem and find an assemblage centric solution. The extended challenge was to keep respecting the building specific demand and local context-driven factors.
The challenge of these projects were to establish a living system or prototype for the reformation of whole city of Dhaka. As new infrastructure distribution is one of the toughest jobs there, the project mainly aimed to design a partially off grid building resilient to local water clogging problems. Use of Algae faÃ§ade in the southern exposed side provided means to utilize the used water from the kitchen and toilet to produce electricity and some heat (which can be turned back to electricity with a heat generator). Then integration of OPV (organic ink bases solar panels) would serve 3 way. It will further enhance buildings energy production, will work as a means to ensure rainwater catchment and will create shade for roof based playing space for children of the area. While every building uses a core for circulation, a part of core for this building will be used to circulate and collect energy. With surplus to requirement in electricity this building can work as a community dynamo and can be repeated once in a cluster of 10-12 buildings. As shop modules are also included in the ground floor- this will strongly support the communal living style in the older parts of south east Asian cities.