Community participation: lookingthrough an “outsider’s” eyesRisal Ahmed,Department of Architecture, BRAC UniversityJanuary 25, 2011
Community participation: lookingthrough an “outsider’s” eyesStructure of the presentation• Who am I ?• What is community participation?• Case: Disaster Resilient Habitat in Satkhira (Partners: peopleof Adarshagram, Padmapukur, Shaymnagar, Shatkhira. UNDP, BRACand the Department of Architecture, BRAC University)Risal AhmedDepartment of Architecture, BRAC UniversityJanuary 25, 2011
Who am I ? What are my identities? Architect Friend Carpenter Mason Accountant Student Outsider Brother Model Maker LaborTrying to become an architect
What is Community Participation? I’ll try to address this as we go on……
Product vs. ProcessProduct happens.If we take care of the process with love andcompassion good product happens.
Process happens from understanding context.Community participation is indispensable for theprocess.
Let’s take the case of Satkhira, to explain this,where I’m currently working.
Cyclone Aila hit the Bangladeshon Monday 25 May 2009_substantial damage acrossareas of southern Bangladeshand West Bengal._massive flooding_contaminated drinking watersources with seawater_killed the fish that people rearin the freshwater ponds satkhira_most houses, latrines havebeen washed away_the threat of water-bornediseases
Local houses, building materials and landscapeLocal House Materials Local plants•CGI Sheet •Golpatta (Nyper Fruiticans)•Asbestos •Garan•Golpatta (NyperFruiticans) •Keora•Garan Tree Branches •Gewa•Bamboo •Bain•Wood•Mud
The landscapeWithout the rhythm of rivers and tide
The landscapeWith the rhythm of rivers and tide
Design workshop 2: options of real housesAt the Department of Architecture, BRAC University Participants: Masons, carpenters, poet, singer, mud-workers, house-owners, engineers, architects, disaster managers, students of architecture.
Our objective is to build “trust” before building houses.
trust = speed cost trust = speed cost “our distrust is very expensive”. “technique and technology areimportant, but adding trust is the issue of the decade.” (Stephen M R Covey, The speed of Trust)
“Sustainability”Sustainability in terms of global environmental pointof view might be questionable but sustainability interms of local needs and aspirations must not beignored.(K Hasibul Kabir and Fuad H Mallick, 2006, Spaces in the homesteads of the ultra-poor)
Demonstration houseTry to reduce the useof concrete whichhas high embodied Concreteenergy. Wood Clay tiles for roofing Flexibility / future expansion
freedom to design own spaces heightens aesthetic sensitivity. expectations are not limited to basic needs but are also extended to sensitivity about light, smell, sound, view, breeze and openness.(Fuad H Mallick and K Hasibul Kabir, 2007, Spaces in the homesteads of the ultra-poor)