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Inheriting Wetness

Inheriting Wetness

Stage: 2019
Location: Al Qasimiya School, Sharjah, UAE
Client: Sharjah Architecture Triennale
Architect: Marina Tabassum

MTA initiated a research on the lower Meghna region in October, 2018. It was a self-initiated project to understand the geoformation and dynamics of the Meghna estuary and the impact of climate change associated with the sea level rise. We worked closely with geographer, landscape architect, local inhabitants and made several visits and documented personal stories of families in Haimchar and Char Bhairabi. The research was showcased in Sharjah Architecture Triennial in 2019. As a commission by the triennial, we extended our research on the inheritance of land in a fluid and dynamic landscape of the Bengal Delta.

Our research was showcased in Sharjah, in three vernacular houses that we made in Dohar as flat pack system and shipped to Sharjah. Three architects from Bangladesh went there with a carpenter and assembled three houses in 15 days. It was a remarkable achievement and the triennial committee was full of praise. The exhibition and the video installation of the fragile deltaic system and the plight of human experiences touched people from all across the globe who visited the exhibition between November 2019 to February 2020.