Urban River Spaces
Jhenaidah, Bangladesh

The community-driven project provides public spaces in the riverine city with 250,000 residents; over time, access to and use of the river and banks had become impeded. To date, the project comprises two ghats - steps leading down to platforms at the river, with adjacent walkways - and the opening of obstructed pedestrian pathways leading to them. Locally available materials such as brick and concrete were used in the simple, contextual designs, all built by local builders and masons; the site-specific projects retain all existing trees and vegetation. Future phases focus on public use of the river area with walkways, gardens, cultural facilities, and environmental efforts to increase biodiversity in the river.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Jhenaidah, Bangladesh
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Completed 2019
1,632 m²
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Urban River Spaces
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community development
urban design and development
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlisted Project