Residential Campus for a University

Proposal to bring back the memory of a place

This residential campus is one of its kind, dedicated to ‘experiential learning’ and promotes a broad range of diverse skills and qualities, to complement the theoretical development that students undergo. Located within a close proximity from the capital city of Dhaka, the place is surrounded by residential and several other educational infrastructures. With the continuum of time, the surrounding environmental condition has been deteriorating day by day. Once highly enriched with ecological and environmental diversity, the site is now losing its spirit and the harmony among space, landscape and people are being lost due to gradual expansions. Hence, the main challenge is to bring back the faded essence and the memory connected to that precinct.
The existing plan of this residential campus lacks a balance between human and natural environment. There is at least 15% area in this campus which is unused or underused. According to current statistics, this campus is mostly used by the regular students for about 9 months and for the rest of the time, this is occupied by the trainees of some extended training programs. As time is passing by, the number of occupants is increasing day by day and it is expected that the number of students will be double within a next couple of years. As a result, the additional expenses regarding utilities and other services are rising as well. In this situation it is a pressing need to re-model the campus, integrating natural balance and the increasing number of learners. In the new design, priority has given to native plant species and cultural aspects to blend the built environment with surrounding context.