Karupannya: A Factory that Breathe

‘Green Industry’ is a globally emerging industrial development practice where symbiotic connections among materials, energy, natural systems and local communities become the central factors in the production process. The factory building for Karupannya Rangpur Ltd., designed by Architect Bayejid Mahbub Khondker and his team, is a pioneering example of such ‘green industry’ initiatives in Bangladesh. The industry celebrates its success in managing energy and waste in sustainable ways while empowering local women who make up the whole workforce of its manual production line. The factory

Bamboo Playscape: An Experiential Platform for Underprivileged Children

Architecture as a service industry is often criticized for its inclination towards the privilege section of the society. The top down design process coupled with the traditional relationship between client and architect has influenced the architect to think architecture as an end product rather than a process. In the following project ‘Bamboo playscape’ , a young group of activist architects adapts design as a tool for social change and architecture as a process that informs the real needs of the community to achieve inclusive and context specific innovation particularly for the under

Alternative Building Technology by HBRI

Despite recent initiatives designed to explore various materials and technologies, the uptake of Alternative Building Technologies (ABT) remained slow and sporadic in the architectural practice of Bangladesh. ABT has been adopted and efficiently utilized to solve the inadequacy of housing supply in many parts of the world including Africa and India; however, its poor implementation in the local building sphere has been blamed for lack of information regarding its efficiency and durability. In our country Housing and Building Research Institute (HBRI) is the sole organization which


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