In Dhaka, architecture to meet urban challenges

In Dhaka, architecture to meet urban challenges
In Dhaka, architecture to meet urban challenges

Published on May 23, 2024 at 03:30. / Modified on May 23, 2024 at 03:31.

These dead rest in peace. In the cemetery of Azimpur and the Mayor Mohammad Hanif Jame Mosque, the clean paths, abundant vegetation and centuries-old tombs offer calm and serenity, in the heart of the congested streets of old Dhaka. The recent redevelopment of the premises is the work of the great Bangladeshi architect Rafiq Azam and his firm Shatotto – Architecture for Green Living. “Greenery is extremely rare in the center of the capital,” underlines this man who expresses himself with lyricism and passion. The idea is therefore to exploit all possible spaces and, in this cemetery, to bring together the living and the dead.

The principle was daring and provoked some reluctance. The architect first set about evacuating the stagnant water which made part of the cemetery impassable. “Then, we built an aerial walkway that crosses the canopy of trees for more than a kilometer, so as not to disturb those who pay their respects at the graves, and we created a large promenade underneath.” Although the footbridge is still closed at one end, the cemetery is now very busy, as is the new adjoining mosque, beautiful and bright, which combines Mughal inspiration and contemporary lines.

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