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Adaptive re-use and urban regeneration in Dhaka - a theoretical exploration.

Zaman, Quazi M.M.



At a time, when there are world-wide calls for sustainable building design and construction focusing on building adaptation and remodeling rather than demolition and replacement, a local system of remodeling and functional adaptation has been applied in many residential and commercial buildings in Bangladesh. Focusing on case studies in Dhaka city where major urban regeneration takes place, building adaptation is an emerging practice where economy has a critical role to play in convincing client, users, designers and builders to encourage the local method of adaptation process to suit the changing need of the occupants. A case of adaptation of a residential building has been studied to generate an understanding of the local adaptation process. This process is found in many parts of the inner city built environment, which collectively affects urban regeneration process and reshape the urban form of the city and its edge condition. Findings from the exploratory studies suggest that despite the absence of Habraken's support-infill knowledge, the local practice of adaptation can be institutionalized as a sustainable building development process that is more economic and place-responsive approach than rebuilding.


ZAMAN, Q.M.M. 2011. Adaptive re-use and urban regeneration in Dhaka - a theoretical exploration. Open house international, 36(2), pages 45-58.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2011
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2011
Publication Date Dec 31, 2011
Deposit Date Nov 14, 2013
Publicly Available Date Nov 14, 2013
Journal Open house international
Print ISSN 0168-2601
Electronic ISSN 2633-9838
Publisher Open House International Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 2
Pages 45-58
Keywords Urban regeneration; Sustainability; Adaptability; Bangladesh
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