Category: Architecture

Perfection is a need..indeed :)

dezeen_Stonescape-by-Kengo-Kuma_2 whether you  realize it or not, but perfection is the other name for survival, for beauty  and life. Composition, spatial arrangement , links and effects all must be in perfect harmony for any space to become a place. A doctor or a surgeon must prescribe perfectly and operate exactly or someone will die . You must wear, clothes or makeup ,hairdo fashion shoes perfectly matching your size or you can trip slip and fall. When we are cooking , we have to be perfect at all stages or waste the ingredients ..Politicians can not make any mistakes for a single approval or denial will lead to wars, famine and deaths.

Justice needs perfection,  and so does your family relationship..I used to think imperfection can be accepted , but when the documents displayed another department instead of the one I belong to..I didn’t accept the mistake..I wanted my certificate to be perfect.

Perfection in everything is needed, it does tire , take more time and effort , keep us vigilant and tidy..no escape no short cuts..life must be lived fully or it is wasted..So..from today..try to be perfect…in everything you do..It is not impossible just a bit difficult.

Rural or Urban

Development is for  progress . Land is part of the resources, used and abused for making life easy. This sometime gets commercialized to a level that land demarcation becomes  difficult. How do we identify rural areas, basically with vast agricultural fields and water bodies. What if cities were to retain  water bodies and develop land such that open spaces remains part of the city ?

This sounds very attractive, but a city must be efficient , the time to commute and deliver is important. hence, cities tend to be made with road network, connections and resources. The denser the business spot, the closer the connections and better the service.

What happens to rural areas or small towns , when neglected? it gets a decay feeling. First the physical condition, in terms of maintenance gets sloppy and slowly, the social vibe  gets disrupted.

Yes. It is the social character that is responsible for the decay and not just the physical aspect of any rural land/ city. Rural land never can decay, for it is always in use, what can get demolished are the old structures , that were needed by the previous land lords but no longer needed by the people now investing in agriculture. Genetics science, has made production of cash crop more than before, so much so the field is never barren.

I think, the rural land is not facing any decay..in fact its value has increased manifold. The older cities are perhaps area for concern, as the previous architecture style and land development has no longer the value, in present market. Denser and higher structures are preferred to low density and old fashioned designs.

of course, architectural heritage is important , but a property revitalization in terms of cash is also a factor, that leads to quick change in urban morphology.

What can then be a solution. I think, a consensus must be found, with majority of population participation.People should be made aware and revitalized, of their heritage and then decide fate of cities.

The re-development or extension must be made as part of the dwellers and not just a top down instruction, where people are left out of the development scenario. This leads to alienation and sense of belonging vanishes.

The connection between inhabitants and land degenerates, and nothing  touches the heart of  people.

Heart is where the pace is..this pace is for survival of the intelligent real estate investors..when they go for profit margins, there must be level..where they look into quality of space and rates of returns are not the only focus for the development.

We, must save our past from massive destruction, we may loose our heritage for present day high market returns..and in future this may lead to disconnected souls..they wander aimlessly..nothing belongs to them and they now don’t belong where they are originally from..is it not ironic.

 

 

 

The Daily Prompt- Sept. 9th : The Prompt ” Write about building something”

Write about building something..forever  or for long..or for moment..What can you build ..a structure..a monument..what is a ,monument..I think, it is physical entity reflecting a theme..a voice or idea..so..why build it  and not live it. Build it, because you want people to know what your idea is, long after you are dead and gone..although it is your idea but others can live by it..for long. Or, perhaps you are afraid of not leaving behind a legacy and this built structure , of material and form, would be there as a prominent identity..sometimes to serve as a node..others to generate money  or just to be..no reason ..except a landmark for making a right turn, before or after..So, building something has an effect.

Built form influence people’s psychology and , why is it built in the first place..its because of the financier  psychology or reason. Structures lives longer or shorter depending why it was built..mostly monuments are survivors..in this ever changing materialistic world..

What else do we build ? Nations..people ..values.. Seems very much from the book..”When I don’t care” attitude is so prevalent , values seems like a phantom from past. Each one makes their own criteria, not bad..just personalized..so  much so..nothing is general..We, get confused..whether what we do is correct or not..some of us  look up in our religious teachings, some refer to their customs, few get into trends..more confused group ..get into ” answers and questions” ..where a leader or just  members with similar or lesser background , give their opinions..we build up on reasons  through votes by those who are in that forum..and we get a new version of acceptance…

We, also build relationships..takes time, effort and skill. It is a 24/7 job..there is no holidays..you must be continuously aware and beware of any wrong move..that includes forgetting birthdays..ooops.

In short..life builds, relationships are built, structures are also built and nations are built.

EPS sandwich panel in today’s Bangladesh.

EPS Panel and its relevancy for Bangladesh.

The population of Bangladesh has a large number residing in the rural areas. The majority of house stock belonging to this group consists of building material like, mud, hay straws, jute sheets, bamboos and corrugated sheets. The basic reason for using these as building material is, its low purchasing price, although these material have less stability and no water resistance, still it’s used by the rural population as its readily available and they are used to its construction method.

EPS Panels, cost is higher than the locally used material but, when compared to its life span and maintenance, it would be cheaper with added advantages of insulation and water proof properties.

Corrugated sheets impose health hazards and that rust in water; EPS Panels are eco-friendly and does not get rusted with time.

The move towards making EPS Panels for low –income group is challenging in two aspects. First, the initial cost will be higher, for the dwellers who seek to remodel or extend their existing houses. Secondly, the U-channels, bolts, hinges and nuts would require a new set of iron monger. To, make EPS Panels popular in this regard, the product must be launched through a network of locals, who are convinced about the benefits of the Sandwich Panel.

The panels should be sold in installments matching with the regular repair works that the rural people are accustomed to; as it gets popular they will be encouraged to save money for direct purchase. In the formal housing, the bank has home loans, in the similar manner; the Grameen Bank can take up loan programmed for material and installation. This idea is already in use, in most of the illegal squatter population. The local dalal/middle man always provide a number of building material , that comprise of bamboo, jute sheets, and corrugated sheets. They charge minimum at the time of delivery but as they live nearby, they collect the amount and also get a vote bank during election period. There are people who can take up the job of locally manufacturing the U-channels etc for the joining of the panels. Chittagong port gets lots of scrap ship material, that can be directed to make the joiners.

Reuse and recycle all that iron and polystyrene for the  EPS panel factory for the production and construction at site. Today, all over the world there is a demand for optimizing resources, this idea can be replicated at local level without much effort, just links should be formed and demand would encourage supply, for a better tomorrow.

Once the EPS Panels are used what are the benefits for the rural population.

  1. Clean and finished surface, that instantly gives a good space quality.
  2. The insulation of the material helps to keep it cool during summer and retain heat in winter seasons.
  3. During monsoon, the houses can be designed as floating house anchored to a stable post/ column so that it gets elevated with the flood water, posing less risk for the inmates.
  4. In addition to the people, their cattle and the poultry can also be saved with this kind of floating system.
  5. The embankments can be created along the vast fields for not getting inundated during flood/heavy down pour.
  6. The EPS panel material does not settle nor degenerate, thus making them maintenance free for a life time of 20 years.
  7. The coated steel surfaces have a variety of colors that could be a new design look for the villagers. The painted surface can be designed for each house in a unique way.
  8. Architects and builders can both join in to support and earn a living through various design layouts with the panel modules.

In addition to rural population it can be used by the urban users.

  1. Factories partition and external cover can be instantly assembled and used without much time delays.
  2. Due to light weight, the over all load would be lesser and easier to carry and install.
  3. The Public use places, such as hotels, restaurants, offices, car show rooms, garages and convention centers, all can use this panel system for erecting the structure and using it without any maintenance.
  4. The armed forces can use it for knock down mobile houses and their camps all over Bangladesh, with one third costs as compared to brick and concrete structures.
  5. The Annual fair, festivals that are part of culture and trade, can use Panels for building their stalls.
  6. The Parking areas, bus stops, ticket booths, guard rooms, police stations and street markets that requires light material open cover, all can use these EPS Panels for better and safe use.

Bangladesh is a country that has a huge part of its dilapidated structures that we see in urban and rural built environment. EPS Panels with steel coated smooth surface for walls and groove for roof makes it an ideal material to get a healthier environment with short time and less cost. The assembly is simple and doesn’t need any expert craftsman, just a layout with basic grade beam having the u-Shaped channel makes the slide in possible and the corner post with double U-Shaped channel holds the two right angled panels secured in place with additional fastening with the base. The roof panels also can be slide in and secured with the walls using the same double U-channels welded together.

It is like a life size Lego structure, easy to install and dismantle. This gives the possibility of extension making the structure flexible, for future needs.The amount of income that goes into repair works, and for medicines due to various water borne diseases can be diverted for education or farming needs, as per each family’s priority. Saving is earning, so let us be innovative in our thinking , making social impact with EPS sandwich panel in house improvement..something like..home 🙂