Interpreting transformation in individual dwelling units: The case of self-built neighborhoods in Dhaka

    Khan, Tareef Hayat
    Jia, Beisi
    Human Issues


ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study is to analyze and interpret the morphological development of
individual dwelling units inside high density, self-built neighborhoods in the context of Dhaka,
Bangladesh. Self-built neighborhoods are contextually defined as a certain type of urban habitation
characterized by complicated organic road networks with difficult or no car access, inconsistent plot
size and shapes, and high density considering both buildings and population resulting in a threedimensional
juggle of medium range residential buildings (12-18 m high) constructed incrementally by
individual owners in a very informal way. In our survey, we selected individual dwelling units inside
these neighborhoods, collected information on their gradual morphological transformation, and backed
them up with the reasons behind those transformations. In those otherwise bland and ordinary
buildings, we deducted significant architectural characteristics resulting from building level and partition
level transformations. Through the study of transformation, this paper also highlights the importance of
investigating built forms not as a whole in space but as a whole in time.


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