Improved earth and bamboo construction techniques to reduce vulnerability

  • Date: 2013

  • Community: Nobu para, Bangladesh

  • Partners: RIBA Boyd Auger and SAFE

With 31.5% of Bangladesh’ population living below the poverty line it is vital to consider the cost of materials and their life cycle. We worked with the community of Nobu para to create a new housing prototype in an area at risk of severe storms, landslides and earthquakes. Together we tested ideas around materiality, space efficiency and modest improvements to construction.

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Northwest Bangladesh

Northwest Bangladesh


Meet Tarindaro: He's head of the family, originally working as a labourer earning as little as £2.15 a day. Read his story.



Improving shelter construction techniques based on existing practices encourages self-reliance rather than dependence on aid.


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