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Sustainabale buildings

The most talked about concern is global warming. Boils down to architects as opting to design for sustainability and designing green buildings.
What is the aim? If you see, it is almost like asking to design with care; they have a phase before the design process starts. After that, it is planningā€”an essential list of goals to be listed that the building will address. There is an involvement of a LEED specialist who will be there from the planning stage through design and construction and monitor your building scores on its performance.

Sounds good, but remember the specialist will charge you per square ft for monitoring, too, so you must have a budget to keep your certificate green.

They have priorities for site selection, which architects seldom can be part of, as owners usually buy land and then approach the architect. Next, it wants you to try and limit urban growth. That falls under planning and urban design, so architects are never part of the extensions of housing/ commercial zones.

The building needs to have optimum orientation, which is possible as site analysis typically indicates the sides to which sunlight, breeze and views are best. Secondly, they want the development to have a vertical extension rather than spreading and covering land; It is referred to as the FAR requirement. Density is essential. As more people are onto less ground, it will leave better open spaces around the site. However, this also leads to a higher concentration of traffic and infrastructure loads in terms of electricity, gas, and potable water supply with disposal and sewerage systems capacity to accommodate the density. Finally, the most critical part of the high rise is earthquake resistant structures in design and material.
All the consideration seems workable when you have correct data on the material extraction and supply, manufacturing process and disposal of the waste from factories. So, the building is a part that requires a whole set of data.
It may be possible that particular material is sustainable for use yet creates problems during excavation.
We need a new Ministry to enlist and identify all the building construction materials that have the most negligible impact on our surroundings.
They need to train and get less noisy equipment and more efficient construction methods.
This new Ministry has to ask the growth to stop consuming all that is presently wildlife, lakes, fields, and mountains. A cash component will be needed to pay off the owners so that they may not feel deprived of their inheritance. It will support the preservation of these natural resources.

Hence, Green Building is not a single building. Instead, it is a building that states all parts of it are not harming the global climate during construction and afterwards. For an installation of such honesty, we need to work through the industries engaged in construction with data proving them to be saving our planet.


Architecture global is local

Many times we attend seminars we complain about style in architecture being no longer local. Since we got internet all ideas are transferred with speed. The technologies in building and materials are shared and transported. The expertise in construction are taught and mastered. The earlier used materials like wood, brick are no longer available for mass construction as wood land is becoming scarce and the top soil which is used for brick is important for cultivation.

The whole segment of construction technology and structural design has revolutionized completely. The design process is more accurate and faster, we can design and build in a super speed. Land once developed would take ages to be rebuild, now everything is changing rapidly.

This changing world is not letting anything get registered as a memory. when I visit an area I find built environment has changed, so fast that I get lost šŸ˜‰

What should be the new global style? Now local anymore, because climate is also changing and soon the earlier cold spots will become hot and our warm regions will get cold, desserts will get rainfall to the extent that will be green.

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Returned to Blog

Life is about to change. I have returned to Blog writing, something I love to do, just as IĀ  love to design buildings. Unfortunately, I have not yet madeĀ  a comeback, in the capacity of an Architect. Sometimes I fear whether I will be able to join any organization again..opening up my own consultancy is an option but that needsĀ  lots of connections ..No not to get work rather to get paid for the work.

Then I constantly think about turning myself into an academician..but that requires a first I have to become a student before I I ready ?

I don’t know..but this situation is getting me tensed..I love to work as an Architect and that’s what I want to do..everyday..I love to listen to clients expressing their dreams..intangible and then my expressions as a drawing the tangible..slowly but firmly we progress to building a dream.

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Perfection is a need..indeed :)

dezeen_Stonescape-by-Kengo-Kuma_2Ā whether you Ā realize it or not, but perfection is the other name for survival, for beauty Ā 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, Ā 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 escape no short 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.

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Rural or Urban

Development is forĀ  progress . Land is part of the resources, used and abused for making life easy. This sometime gets commercialized to a level that land demarcation becomesĀ  difficult. How do we identify rural areas, basically with vast agricultural fields and water bodies. What if cities were to retainĀ  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 vibeĀ  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 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 nothingĀ  touches the heart ofĀ  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 it not ironic.





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

Write about building something..foreverĀ  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 build itĀ  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 moneyĀ  or just to 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 financierĀ  psychology or reason. Structures lives longer or shorter depending why it was built..mostly monuments are 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..soĀ  much so..nothing is general..We, get confused..whether what we do is correct or not..some of usĀ  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 justĀ  members with similar or lesser background , give their opinions..we build up on reasonsĀ  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 must be continuously aware and beware of any wrong move..that includes forgetting birthdays..ooops.

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

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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 itā€™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 ā€“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 Ā 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 doesnā€™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 šŸ™‚