|Studio Master:||Prof. Dr. Anirban Mustafa, Kowshik Roy|
|University:||Architecture Discipline, Khulna University ( ArchKU)|
Borobazar, Khulna is standing on the heart of Khulna City, the major economic hub of the region. In the 19th century, it was just a local village market. After establishing railway connection with Kolkata in 1885, this area started to enhance its economic impotency regionally. Due to lack of insightful planning policy & uncontrolled development Borobazar expanded exponentially. Though the location is environmentally vital to the city to connect with the river, but reality is totally different; people living and working beside it rarely feel the riverine environment. The objective of this project is to create a responsive urban design to enhance environment & economy in front of Bhairab river to connect the city without impeding the tangible & intangible heritage of Borobazar.
Borobazar, in reality, is a clumsy area. According to the community people traffic congestion is one of the major problems of this area. The project rethinks the streets of Borobazar to maximize accessibility without hampering its street culture, upgrading design of footpath & make it multi-usable. To free up the walking space, a dedicated space for hawkers is proposed to run their business within 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, rickshaws will not be allowed to stand here and there; except in designated areas. Loading & unloading products from trucks to warehouse & shops will also follow the guideline from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Trucks are not allowed to enter the area except this time.
The project proposes a recreational landscape which includes public places, walkways along side the river and water based transportation. Moreover, a continuous green belt on this area will provide a quality environment to the city. Street vendors, little shops will make this more vibrant & enjoyable. Following development phases, existing shops will be relocated.
Tangible & intangible heritage is one of the major identity of borobazar reflect the vintage time of Khulna. But, historical preservation planning is totally absent. While, the old building like Narayan mondir, Mohon Das Zamindar house, Ullashini cinema hall lost its appeal. Therefore, historical preservation planning can be implemented to reuse by proposing adaptive reuse to Mohon Das house & restoring function to the Ullashini cinema hall.
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