The garment industry is struggling with identity and cultural relevance. The economic position of Bangladesh is drastically being influenced by the global forces and fundamental aspects of Bangladeshi culture like live and work are being reinvented. This reinvention/ new production of goods has separated the contemporary Bangladeshi culture from the traditional process’ of cultivation and production. Shelter Factory is located in the river delta of Bangladesh; it proposes a jute manufacturing facility that doubles as a cyclone shelter.
The building acts like a bridge its embankments are designed to extend the dry season by 45 days and protect a select portion of jute crops from the monsoon floods. Shelter Factory consists of permanent concrete piers that are anchored by the embankment system. The permanence of the walls is contrasted by the temporary timber structures that infill the infrastructure. A series of courtyards provide light and access while mitigating the water to jute relationship. During the dry season the building is utilized as a factory for the production of jute products, while in the wet season it serves as a bridge and flexible public space.
Completed in the fall of 2012, this design for the Center of the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) headquarters was selected to be further developed and detailed in Revit. The goal was to reconcile the conceptual ambitions of the initial design with the realities of the structural, mechanical, and facade systems. As the building is based on a spatial matrix, the structure becomes inherently tied to the form. Despite the complex geometry, the basic module contains vertical members that allow most of the structure to be supported on columns, while the angled beams mostly carry only the load of the wall or glazing system. A further consequence of the unique geometry of the building is the need for a raised floor system to create horizontal surfaces. This provides a design opportunity to distribute the mechanical ducts under the floors, creating a pressurized plinth for air input and reducing the ceiling mechanical system to just lighting. In turn, these interior design solutions come to express themselves on the exterior façade. The detailed curtain wall system introduces a new geometry that unifies the vertical glazed surfaces while also concealing the raised floors through shadow boxes covered with the same reflective glass.
Triangle Development Group
Mott Haven is on the brink of a redevelopment renaissance, but the one thing standing in the way are its public housing projects. However, the NYCHA projects themselves are not the problem - it is the way they have been abandoned as superblock islands, marooned by a stigma that prevents their cohesive involvement in the everyday life of the neighborhood. Smaller-scale interventions that avoid the public housing may make financial sense in the short run, but Mott Haven demands a visionary proposal that treats the root of its growing pains, not just the symptoms. The Triangle Districts proposal accomplishes this by directly engaging with the Mott Haven and Patterson Houses, pairing public realm improvements with a retail vision for Third Avenue that connects to the HUB. It is an ambitious proposal - exactly what Mott Haven needs and deserves.
The Triangle Districts proposal represents a new age for NYCHA, one that introduces a prototype for financial and social success within public housing projects. The proposal further considers the needs of the neighborhood as a whole; Mott Haven can be defined as any number of boundaries (evidenced above), and this plan accordingly deals with both local and regional scales. Much like how the NYCHA projects must soften their edges to welcome interactions with the rest of the neighborhood, the destination of the Triangle Districts will allow Mott Haven to reach beyond its boundaries, attracting new residents and developers. For now, the Triangle Districts act as the harbinger of new economic vitality. In the future, they continues to play a crucial part in the sustained success of Mott Haven.