A five-day long urban design project exhibition titled ‘Life Line For Dhaka’, organized by Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), will be inaugurated today at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka.
Mega city Dhaka has been suffering from traffic congestions for the last two decades. Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), with a combination of train and bus, is expected to be the most popular solution to support the masses of Dhaka. Remarkable changes are expected to come in the urban life of Dhaka with the completion of ongoing Dhaka Metro Rail Project. Success of such a system depends not only on the technological solutions; necessary adjustments are also needed in the built environment.
Ensuring accessibility as well as connectivity is essential. Within this system, MRT stations play a major role. Selection of ‘Location’ and integration of the built-form within the existing fabric need attention, particularly when the infrastructure will be introduced in a city like Dhaka. Moreover, economic viability and social inclusiveness are also important considerations in designing a transportation infrastructure like this. On the other hand, impact of the newly introduced transportation infrastructure on the city fabric, particularly in closer proximity to the station, might be tremendous. If properly handled, such a project will work like a life line to solve Dhaka from its tremendous traffic problem. An appropriate design of metro station may change the life style and improve its quality, in physical, social, economical and psychological terms.
In response to the above issues, Department of Architecture (Level 4, Term 1, Design Studio V11), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), have designed a project. The prime concern of the project is to enhance accessibility as well as connectivity, land use integration with transport infrastructure and seamless pedestrian interconnection within transit centre to solve the last mile problem.
This project exhibition will focus on these very significant aspects that need to addressed and considered while implementing such a mega project.