W10C01_Housing Iteration A_TheMarineCollective

Top View of Base Modules
Iso View of Base Modules
Agglomeration Cluster A
Agglomeration Cluster B
Agglomeration Cluster C

The Housing Modules were designed using the same geometric logic extracted from the previous iteration studies for the productive sectors. Moreover, designed to have the capability to detach and reattach, the volumes on each of the two floors are able to be moved along the axis of each turning pontoon radius, allowing for flexibility and to account for the idea of building up.
Three sets of clusters or base modules are designed to house families (4-6 ppl) or single people or children (orphanages), with the creation of unexpected commons spaces for social interaction in between the living quarters.
An inherent logic is created from the experiments we put the modules in wasp to get certain configurations which are deemed desirable.

Axo_RohingyaClusters
Top_RohingyaClusters
Exploded Axo_RohingyaClusters
Top_RohingyaClusters_Plan_ZoomIn

The following is the current housing conditions of the Rohingya on the Bhasan Char set up.
Architectural plans show 120 plots of land. Each of the blocks will consist of 12 buildings. There will be 1,440 buildings in total.
Each of the buildings will house 16 families.
Each building has the capacity to accommodate 16 families in 16 rooms. Each family, comprising four persons, will get a room to live in. So one building will house 64 persons – meaning 768 persons in each block, according to Bangladesh Navy. A person will have an average of 3.6 square metres as his or her living area. It barely meets the U.N.’s emergency minimum standard of 3.5 square metres per person. Each family unit will have a 12-foot by 14-foot room. Kitchens and bathrooms will be shared.

The landmass itself is transient in nature, projected to sink eventually. Moreover, the Bangladeshi government have already invested 235 million dollars to provide infrastructure to give the Rohingya population a suitable place to reside on the chars. However, while the infrastructure may prove to be effective in the short run, the chars do not provide a very positive and sustainable place of growth for the incoming refugees. Designed to once again be another temporary measure in a more far off location from the main city of Bangladesh.

Critique: The housing units developed on the chars are extremely rigid, with a one size fits all configuration, it is assumed that everyone moving into the char would be apart of a 4 people family, no room for expansion or contraction. There are also fields for the people there to earn wages but that existence might not be so desirable, making them feel like workers on the char. Last but not least, there is no room for expansion for the community as the houses built there are finite and in the event that more people in need of housing in the area, for instance the climate refugees, there would be unable to join the community there.


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