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Adaptable Portable

Modular housing for urban poor

This project to house the urban poor proposes a modular system of dwelling units for marginalized neighborhoods in the rapidly-growing city of Dhaka. The dwellings can easily adapt to the changing needs of their inhabitants and either grow or reduce. Moreover, the units can be dismantled when slum dwellers are evicted and reassembled in a new location. Made of bamboo and recycled materials, the dwelling’s modular components and panels are sufficiently light to be easily transported.

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Taking on one of the most difficult contemporary problems in city planning and urban design
“Sustainability? Responding to emotional and psychological needs” – Nusrat Mim
“Next Generation” prize for modular housing plan in Bangladesh
“A system that is both adaptable and portable” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2014 for Asia Pacific
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Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nusrat Mim
Main Author
Nusrat Mim
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh
"Next Generation" 2nd prize 2014
Asia Pacific
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