the Geneva Camp
country they came from is India, the country they live in
is Bangladesh and the country call home is Pakistan. Mohammadpur
Geneva Camp is a human island dreaming for their home and
simultaneously denying their present state. Their state
of living gives rise to the question of what do actually
we really mean by the word house and housing. The Geneva
Camp can be defined as a non-housing project, when people
will be actually given a position of transition where they
will be provided with houses (but neither built nor gained)
for their transitional phase.
was the subject chosen by three BUET students at the 5th
International Architectural Biennial. The innovative design
bagged the international award.
by the Institute of Architects Brazil
and the Biennial Foundation, the theme of the competition
was to find the problem area within the city in which the
competing university is situated and to provide an architectural
solution to the problem based on eight different parameters
such as rationality, availability of technology and materials,
environment, culture, etc.
The Geneva Camp project won the honorable mention award
at its criteria after two rounds of selection by the arbitration
committee. In the first round 38 projects of different countries
were selected and put on exhibition for a period of one
month. Finally, seven projects were awarded. The results
were announced at a prize--giving ceremony on October, at
the Biennial pavilion.
BUET team comprised of students Fahmid Ahmed, Rehnuma Parveen
and Raquib Us Saleheen. Their class teachers Prof. Meer
Mobashsher Ali, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed and Dr. Shabbir Ahmed
supervised the winning project. The BUET team of Bangladesh
was the only one from Asia selected for the exhibition and
present the in between pedestrian street is the only channel
where the inhabitants can gather and communicate. These
streets constitute their working area for embroidery and
crafts, and their selling units. These narrow strips called
'streets' actually becomes a hybrid of consumption, service,
production and gathering. These following channels of superimposed
functions play a vital role in these designs in developing
the master plan of the housing. They also help to identify
the relation among the residential units, the production
line and the community facilities. The design intended to
retain the actual character of these strips rather than
enhance their quality and consider it as a prime factor
internal road layout is treated as an extension of the external
grid iron pattern. Alongside these internal road /channel,
these housing blocks are developed. Within these very regular
formed houses, the community facilities are placed as integrated
and connected space which intersect the housing area as
a third form.
surface texture of the building which is viewed from the
street has a significant variation and fragmentation for
breaking the monotony of repetitiveness and is coherent
with human scale of the building.
of different theological institutes are given prime importance
as religious rituals are vital in the lives of the Biharis.
The strongest part of their lifestyle is religion, which
is why the Minar (the vertical tower of the mosque) is located
at the intersection nodal points of the roads.