Using human centred design to understand the use of safe spaces during a disaster

  • Date: 2015

  • Community: Patuakhali district, Bangladesh

  • Partners: The World Bank and LGED

Community cyclone shelters offer refuge for vulnerable populations - they are a first line of defence for those with inadequate housing. We spoke with communities along the Bay of Bengal to analyse these multipurpose buildings and presented design recommendations to the World Bank for 250 new builds.

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Patuakhali district, Bangladesh

Patuakhali district, Bangladesh


Bangladesh is one of the world's most disaster-prone countries... particularly susceptible to cyclones and floods.


Map: Patuakhali district and sites studied