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Sep 14, 2019
5:03PM

Bangladesh School project wins Aga Khan Architecture Award

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An innovative project for constructing a floating school for marginalised children in Bangladesh has been awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Architecture Award 2019.

The award was given away yesterday in Kajan, the republic of Tatarstan for the Arcadia Education Project in South Kanarchor of Bangladesh.

The project involved the construction of a school in an area which is underwater during the monsoon months.

The architect of the project Saif Ul Haque designed a school which remains on the ground during the dry season and floats when the area is submerged in water during monsoon.

He utilised only local material - bamboo, used tyres and steel drums for constructing the amphibious structure for the school. The workforce and artisans for the project were also drawn locally.

In a citation, the Aga Khan Foundation lauded the project for its contribution to improve people's lives, social and economic development, access to education in rural communities and global issues like rising water levels.

Five other projects from other countries were also given the award.

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