WHY DESIGN DIFFERENTLY?
BANGLA BARI is in pursuit of beautiful and sustainable architectural solutions for rural Bangladesh.
Rural Bangladesh is facing many challenges in terms of habitat and infrastructure. The vernacular tradition has been replaced by chaotic development and unsustainable construction practices. BANGLA BARI is an award winning architectural firm, practicing ‘green’ architecture in the truest sense of the words. Our projects’ carbon footprint is significantly low. Our portfolio includes clinics, schools, residential houses or anything client asks us to build. We are also third party construction partner for UNDP, JICS, JICA and UN-HABITAT. We have been featured in international media like Al Jazeera and Nikkei Japan.
A large portion of our work consists of researching and experimenting with sustainable materials and construction techniques. We pursue earth architecture in sophisticated form and promote the use of sustainable building materials like Compressed Earth Block (CEB), Jute based roofing (Bangla Tin) and cured bamboo. These methods not only reduces carbon footprint significantly, but also makes the building cheaper and stronger.
WHAT IS TOILET HUMOR?
According to World Health Organization (WHO), forty eight million people in Bangladesh don’t have access to proper sanitation. (30% of the population). In the rural areas, the situation is dangerous for women without a simple latrine. Millions of women suffer everyday from urinary contraction to fear of rape. Following is a video of project proposal for solution of water and sanitation in Rohingya camps:
BANGLA BARI is committed to provide solution for water, sanitation and health (WASH) program. We have built hundreds of toilets around Bangladesh. We have also built in Rohingya camps using rapid building techniques. With the support of UNDP, currently we are developing a double pit latrines from recycled plastics, that will cost less than $100 and the modular structure can be put together in less than 4 hours.
WHY TRAIN OTHERS?
Without a trained workforce, no architectural solution is possible. BANGLA BARI organizes workshop and training for rural masons, students and architects. (Please see the workshop section) We periodically publish papers in scientific journals. We also assist to make houses for people who can not afford an architect or an engineer. The idea is simple. To be socially responsible, to actively use sustainable materials and make beautiful architecture along the way. A detail account of our mission can be found in the following scientific paper, published in PLEA 2014.(Exploring New Methods of Constructing Houses with Sustainable Materials in Rural Bangladesh)
SO, HOW DO WE MAKE IT ?
This is how we make an earth block:
CEB is a phenomenal green construction technology. We didn’t invent it, the origin is in South America. However, we are one of the pioneers to introduce it in Bangladesh. The houses we build with CEB are fireproof, sound proof, bug proof, bulletproof, breathable, mould proof, nontoxic, low cost, low maintenance, structurally sound, earthquake resistant, and provide amazing insulations. The high insulation of earth blocks provide comfortable cool in summer and warmth during winter. This is how we make a house with compressed earth blocks:
We have recently started to make cement blocks, which are much efficient than brick.
WHAT IS IN RURAL BANGLADESH?
There are over hundred million people inhibiting rural areas of Bangladesh. Most of the country is low lying flat land with numerous rivers crisscrossing the plane. Historically, people of Bengal delta have built houses with natural and sustainable materials like mud, thatch and bamboo. The process has changed significantly over the last half a century and now the major materials used to build houses are CI sheet, Kiln baked brick, cement and wood. At present over 8000 brick factories produce nearly eight million tons of carbon emission every year. Corrugated iron industry adds another six million tons of CO2 in the air. Rural housing of Bangladesh is plagued with challenges. BANGLA BARI is in pursuit of finding innovative solutions for a more earth friendly green architecture.
BANGLA BARI is here to help. Give us a call or send us an email.