Samdani Architecture Award winner announced | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 19, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 19, 2017

Samdani Architecture Award winner announced

The Samdani Art Foundation has announced the winner of the inaugural Samdani Architecture Award. In early 2017, the award invited, through open calls, individuals or groups of 3rd and 4th year Bangladeshi Architecture students to propose new models for learning in abandoned urban spaces across Bangladesh, using ecologically sustainable and locally sourced materials and technology.

The winning proposal was selected by an international jury that included Aurélien Lemonier (National Museum of the History of Immigration, Paris, France); Jeannette Plaut (Constructo, Santiago de Chile); and Shamsul Wares (Department of Architecture, State University of Bangladesh).

From 135 registrations, Maksudul Karim's design, Chhaya Tori, which translates as Shadow Boat, was selected and will be unveiled at the heart of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as the Dhaka Art Summit 2018's Education Pavilion (to be held in February 2-10, 2018). 

Karim's design utilises traditional Shampan boat building techniques—synonymous with Bangladesh's fishing communities—bringing traditional rural Bangladeshi construction techniques into the urban environment. Using bamboo as its primary construction material, Chhaya Tori (Shadow Boat) will float above ground level on bamboo supports, covered with a shade (known locally as choi) erected using traditional bamboo inter-weaving techniques, allowing natural light to fall into the internal teaching space.

Karim will be awarded the inaugural Samdani Architecture Award during DAS 2018, and receive funding towards further studies. He is a level 3, B.Sc. Architecture student at Premier University in Chittagong.

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