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JELEPOLLI: LOW-COST HOUSING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOR FISHERMEN

'River is our life, the river is our death' - portrays a glimpse. the common lifestyle of the fishermen community besides the riverbank of BANGLADESH. With the inception of a "Sustainable fishermen community development by the affected riverbank erosion," the project seeks to confirm that the biggest community which is living their life by catching fish (mainly HILSHA fish) and stay over at the side of the river, In every year they are affected by the river erosion and lost their living land.


Horina, Haimchar Upazila, Chandpur is one of the oldest fishing communities of Chittagong. There are 18 villages of fishermen village with 10,000 fishermen family. Mainly they are caught hilsha fish in the lower part of the Meghna river. Constantly fighting with natural calamities and extreme poverty these Extraordinary hardcore fishermen are surviving on their sheer will-power. Their houses are not strong enough to protect them against natural disasters, An appropriate housing solution must be derived to provide these deprived hard-working people With better living and working spaces. Disaster alertness is also one of the major concerns. Every year river eclipses their land and house. So their life becomes vulnerable.


The government of Bangladesh decides to give the fund to rehabilitate this oldest community of Bangladesh. In the project their accommodation of 100 families with all facilities: School. Health center, Training center. Community club. Celebration space. Boat making & anchoring space, Bazar. Playground etc. all facilities are given here by doing a local survey of this community There are 3 house types in the community. Portable dwelling units can offer a solution as, at eviction. dwellers can dismantle houses and move to other places where they can save from the river. A modular structure gives the user to make their house. Bamboo. rope. cement sheets are used as materials. The techniques of the bamboo structure are common for local people because they can easily build their houses. Sustainable construction knowledge will disseminate among the uses as well as a sense of belonging.


The ultimate aim was to realize a cost-effective design solution by reducing the cost of building material & houses and also involving the community in the building process. The mobility pattern of the rural poor requires portable types that can easily tie up bamboo (beams. columns, diagonal bracing where needed). In everywhere there are uses of bamboo in different types because of the availability of bamboo. School is 2 stories because sometimes flush flood is so that people can use it like shelter house. Every year people migrated into Dhaka city. so this is the right time to save this type of community by rehabilitation. At the same time, securing fishermen's community also ensures that we are saving our river and fishes to enrich the fishermen community.


"This is not about architecture, this is about an attitude and an attempt to speak for the muted and muzzled voices."







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