Urban Oasis : Integrated Development of Hatirjheel Area Including Begunbari Canal

PrizeBronze in Landscape Architecture / Urban Design
Firm LocationDhaka, Bangladesh
CompanyVitti Sthapati Brindo Ltd.
Lead ArchitectVITTI Sthapati Brindo Ltd
Design TeamArchitect: Iqbal Habib, Ishtiaque Zahir, Ehsan Khan; Engineer: M.A. Sobhan, Sabbir Siddique (Structure) , Md. Aynal Gazi Engineer (Structure), AIA(Supervision) ; Master Plan Consultant : Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology; Executive Authority : 16 ECB, SWD-WEST, Bangladesh Army; Implementation Authority : RAJUK
ClientLocal Government Engineering Department
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“Urban Oasis: Integrated Development of Hatirjheel area including Benbari Canal” is a wetland restoration project, which is a vital component to safeguard a large part of the city from flash flood besides bringing back the waterfront legacy once this city endured. This project encompasses an area of 311 acres with infrastructural and landscape components including, expressway, overpass, lakeside walkways, benches, viewing decks, floating amphitheatre, children park, water park, viaducts, taxi terminals etc. Major objective of the projects include: 1. Preserving low lying floodplain areas of Hatirjheel 2. Establishing connectivity among major urban mobility corridors 3. Reintroducing water based mode of transportation 4. Integrating north and south part of the city 5. Bringing back the water front legacy by restoration and conservation of environment Once a symbol of environmental degradation, Hatirjheel now symbolizes a remarkable example of environmental restoration and remains as a source of inspiration for environmental restoration throughout Bangladesh.