Exhibition of the work of Kashef Chowdhury in Berlin

From 26th January until 6th March 2019, the Aedes Architecture Forum presents the work of Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA from Bangladesh.

This exhibition in Berlin, Germany, features multiple Friendship constructions designed by architect Kashef Chowdhury.

Friendship Training Centre in Gaibandha — © Marc Elvinger.

Kashef Chowdhury received the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016 for the Friendship Training Centre on the flood plains of Gaibandha in northern Bangladesh. With further projects such as the Friendship Cyclone Shelter in Kuakata in Bangladesh’s coastal belt, he gains widespread international acclaim. Careful arrangement of structures in areas marked by extreme climatic conditions, combined with local building techniques and materials, Kashef Chowdhury’s buildings are exemplary of an architecture that serves society with radical simplicity and poetry.

Friendship Cyclone Shelter in Kuakata — © Marc Elvinger.
Friendship Hospital in Shyamnagar — © Marc Elvinger.

Another example of Kashef Chowdhury’s outstanding realisations for Friendship is the bamboo school built in the Rohingya refugee camp of Ukhia. Despite a minimal budget, short-timing and the most precarious circumstances, the architecture draws out the sensual richness of space, giving the small school building an unmistakable identity in the midst of desolate emergency shelters.

Friendship Learning Centre in Ukhia (Rohingya refugee camp) — © Marc Elvinger.
Friendship Learning Centre in Ukhia (Rohingya refugee camp) — © Friendship.

Kashef Chowdhury’s exhibition in Berlin not only allows putting Bangladesh on the global architectural map but is also a chance to show the quality of the development solutions and infrastructure proposed by Friendship to the ultra-poor of Bangladesh. This is the perfect illustration and a strong advocacy of the motto of Runa Khan: “Poor people cannot afford poor solutions”.

More information about the exhibition and Kashef Chowdhury’s work to be read here and here.

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