South 5053 Apartments / Shatotto

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Architects: Shatotto
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Shatotto

Mamun Residence / Shatotto

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Architects: Shatotto
Location: , Bangladesh
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Shatotto

EHL Premium Condominiums / Kashef Chowdhury – URBANA

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Architects: Kashef Chowdhury
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Firm: URBANA
Area: 4536.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hélène Binet

Case Studies in Coastal Vulnerability: Boston, Seoul, Hamburg, Bangladesh & New York

Water floods the Plaza Shops in Manhattan after Superstorm Sandy, 2012. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images.

This article originally appeared in the latest issue of ArchitectureBoston as “Troubled Waters.“ 

The challenges of sea-level rise cross boundaries of all sorts: geographic, political, social, economic. Proposed mitigation strategies will also necessarily shift and overlap. Here, we present five case studies from across the globe that offer intriguing ways—some operational, some philosophical—to address the threats associated with . Drawing on a research initiative focused on vulnerabilities in Boston, a team at Sasaki Associates developed these additional design-strategy icons to illustrate the layered approaches. They are adaptable, the better to meet the unique demands of each coastal community.

Friendship Centre / Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/URBANA

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Architects: Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/URBANA
Location: ,
Team: Anup Kumar Basak, Sharif Jahir Hossain, Motiur Rahman, Amrul Hasan
Area: 2,897 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Eric Chenal, Anup Basak, Kashef Chowdhury

Local Solutions: Floating Schools in Bangladesh

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In , where rising sea levels are having profound effects on the landscape, one nonprofit organization called Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha run by architect Mohammed Rezwan is fighting back by adapting, a true quality of resilience.  Rising water levels and the tumultuous climate is displacing people by the thousands; a projected 20% of Bangladesh is expected to be covered in water within twenty years.  For a country that is one of the densest populated state on the planet, this figure has disastrous consequences for a population that has limited access to fresh water, food, and medicine.  In response to these conditions, Shidhulai has focused on providing education, training and care against the odds of climate change by adapting to the altered landscape:  moving schools and community centers onto the water – on boats.

South Water Carees / Shatotto

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Architects: Shatotto
Location: Baridhara, Dhaka,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 17,124 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Shatotto

S.A Residence / Shatotto

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Architects: Shatotto
Location: , Bangladesh
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 20,667 sq ft
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

Cyclone Shelter / Lindsay Bremner and Jeremy Voorhees

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The proposal for the international competition for a cyclone shelter in by Lindsay Bremner and Jeremy Voorhees is conceptualized as a boat-building, referencing two local typologies – the boat and the landing ghat. Located in Ranggabali, a small village in the Patuakhali Province, the building is half submerged in water in times of cyclone while beached against a concrete ghat in dry seasons. Sheltering its occupants in the liminal zone between land and water, it makes place by transitioning from depth and section to surface and plan. More images and architects’ descriptions after the break.

“Shobuj Pata” (Green Leaf) Eco Community Development / JET, JCI, and Terraplan

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JET Architecture was invited by JCI Architects along with Terraplan Landscape Architects, to joint venture in the design of the Green Leaf project. After winning the commission earlier in 2011, in December, the final negotiations were completed to enable the project to move forward quickly. The team will be working together, helping to design a sustainable community with an innovative green concept. Green Leaf is green landscape architecture and built form which takes full advantages of the local natural resources to create a hybrid habitable space combining architecture and nature. The concept is inspired by adopting current and green innovative technology to make the design construction economic and feasible. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Genesis Technology Group / Project-BD Architects

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Architects: Project-BD Architects
Location: Dhaka-1000,
Project area: 3,800 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Azrin Alom, Bashirul Mughni

Nishorgo Oirabot Nature Interpretation Centre / Vitti Sthapati Brindo Ltd, Ehsan Khan

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Architect: Vitti Sthapati Brindo Ltd,
Location: Teknaf,
Client: Md. Ishtiaque Ahmed, Ministry of Environment & Forests Bon Bhaban
Area: 288 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Aga Khan Award for Architecture / BKS Inan

AD Classics: National Assembly Building of Bangladesh / Louis Kahn

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Modernist architecture is traditionally understood to be utilitarian, sleek, and most of all without context, such that it can be placed in any context and still stay true to aesthetic principles and its functional requirements.  However, Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Building of in is an extraordinary example of modern architecture being transcribed as a part of Bangali vernacular architecture.  The National Assembly building, completed in 1982, stands as one of Kahn’s most prominent works, but also as a symbolic monument to the government of Bangladesh.

Chandgaon Mosque / Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury

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Architect:
Location: Chittagong,
Client: Faisal M. Khan
Project Area: 1,048 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Aga Khan Award for Architecture / BKS Inan

Handmade School / Anna Heringer & Eike Roswag

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Architects: Anna Heringer & Eike Roswag
Location: Rudrapur, Dinajpur district,
Structural Engineering: Ziegert
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Construction: Dipshikha / METI
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Footprint Area: 275 sqm
Floor Area: 325 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Kurt Hoerbst