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Misak Terzibasiyan
MICRO COLONY. Fighting poverty and climate change in Bangladesh While many Bangladeshi continuously struggle for survival, the intensification of floods and other extreme weather conditions caused by climate change ruins harvests and exacerbates isolation. In combatting the challenges, the population needs to improvise, and sometimes returns to historical strategies, such as constructing platforms for bush farming and holding small livestock, but also a floating school, such that children can go to school in spite of isolation due to the unusable infrastructure. Even though the MICROHOME initially seems to be a standalone concept, the necessity within its context is essential to the value of the concept, hence it can readily be implemented to meet the need for safe and prosperous living on flooded land or at the coast. The MICROHOME concept was adapted to fulfil the needs of a – by Bangladeshi standards – small family of five. The design scales up to a “community island“ and is attached to the “colony hub”, a fixed island containing public resources and functions, and is especially vital in the early stage of development. The design is self-sufficient, yet upscaling is highly recommended as it will provide plenty of opportunities to improve people’s living conditions. The concept distinguishes four colony development stages based on communal services and building development. Development plan I: Initial construction of the colony hub and the first two islands. In this stage, the colony hub provides a small plot of initial farmland and functions as a gathering place, construction site and storage facility. II: The island network will expand according to the colony’s growing population. The construction of smaller platforms for on-water farming will enrich food diversity and preserve the colony’s flexibility as the colony expands. Establishing education and digital connection (trade, securing finance and online health advice) are crucial for social and material development. III: A food surplus (induced by development through scaling, finance & education) allows for non-agricultural work. Small commercial & production cooperatives will form to fulfil service demands (entertainment, restaurants, waste collection, furniture). Dwellings can accommodate small shops in their initial form but can also house production cooperatives through the buildings’ adaptiveness. IV: As (compared to regional) cheaper inter-communal trade scales, electrification accelerates, public services will become available, and dwellings will improve. Soon, poverty will become a memory of the past. The colony will lose its high level of flexibility as it scales, but flexibility will also lose its purpose as the community establishes itself and the new life is satisfactory. To adapt, inhabitants can convert specific islands to accommodate facilities and services and secondary anchors to improve scale yields and organise negatively affecting functions, such as waste processing.
Micro Colony
Asia-Oceania
Future (Concept) Project
Bangladesh
January 2023
Misak Terzibasiyan and UArchitects. The founder and principal Architect of UArchitects (Urban design and Architects), Misak Terzibasiyan, is personally and professionally focused on an international context as well as on the influence of cultural themes. This is mainly based on his ethnical background, as Misak Terzibasiyan was born in Helsinki (Finland). He studied at the University of Technology in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and worked with a number of international architectural offices before founding the studio in the city of Eindhoven. UArchitects is an international studio that welcomes different nationalities. Our investigative attitude is expressed in the intensive dialogue we undertake with our clients. The scope for reflection is not confined to the projects themselves; we also look into the wider cultural context of architecture and urban development. We are making a social contribution, investigating the position and responsibilities of the architect. Reflection is beneficial when interacting with other cultures and it helps us understand our position concerning general themes that are an intrinsic part of society. Understanding the identity of society is fundamental for us when we are designing projects in other cultures and places. This does not refer to a typical critical regionalism, but rather an open approach based on the context and our profession. He is the author of the book: Experience and Meaning of Architecture (2021) and Experience of Architecture and Art “An Architect’s Journey” (2022)
Misak Terzibasiyan and UArchitects
UArchitects
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2A Continental Architectural Awards
Average rating:  
 5 reviews
 by b.lenhardt
Concept and Practicality Balance: 7
Innovativeness: 8
Climate Responsiveness: 9

 by l.araghian
Concept and Practicality Balance: 8
Innovativeness: 8
Climate Responsiveness: 8

 by 1413794236
Concept and Practicality Balance: 8
Innovativeness: 9
Climate Responsiveness: 9

 by gisela.loehlein
Concept and Practicality Balance: 10
Innovativeness: 10
Climate Responsiveness: 10

convincing and innovative project for Bangladesh and so very much needed excellently designed and detailed pleasure to view the project submission

 by Anonymous
Concept and Practicality Balance: 8
Innovativeness: 9
Climate Responsiveness: 9

this is a winner for me





b.lenhardt @ 10/09/2023 09:26

Overall Presentation: 9

Concept and Practicality Balance: 7

Innovativeness: 8

Climate Responsiveness: 9

l.araghian @ 09/28/2023 07:24

Overall Presentation: 6

Concept and Practicality Balance: 8

Innovativeness: 8

Climate Responsiveness: 8

1413794236 @ 09/30/2023 12:04

Overall Presentation: 9

Concept and Practicality Balance: 8

Innovativeness: 9

Climate Responsiveness: 9

gisela.loehlein @ 10/02/2023 11:06

Comment: convincing and innovative project for Bangladesh and so very much needed excellently designed and detailed pleasure to view the project submission

Overall Presentation: 10

Concept and Practicality Balance: 10

Innovativeness: 10

Climate Responsiveness: 10

Anonymous @ 10/04/2023 07:35

Comment: this is a winner for me

Overall Presentation: 9

Concept and Practicality Balance: 8

Innovativeness: 9

Climate Responsiveness: 9

Average Score: 8.60