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Housing at Uttara Model Town in Dhaka City

Setback rules

The areas even though have community areas but there is lack of open spaces in the sectors in neighbourhood scale. There is also inadequacy of detailing on street level with regards to pedestrian walkways. The planning was only concerned with accommodating the plots or other functions and the vehicular accessibility. The drawback of the design was that it failed to perceive the social activities of people like walking to market, meeting peoples, children playing etc.

Layout of plots

Access from road

Access from road

The plot layout in the Model Town had been done in grid pattern. The basic concept was that there is a structure in each plot irrespective of size. According to the set back rules by RAJUK approx. 70% can be built-up. Due to high land price the structures always take full if not more advantage of the maximum build area. The form and open area relationship is same as the other areas of Dhaka city. Due to lack of any detail plan the almost all residential buildings of the city have the same form that derives from the shape of the plot and the set-back rules. The height of the building is generally four to six storied walk- up types.

As a result different form of housing like cooperative solutions, row housing etc. have not been explored. The design ideas try to address this issue of variations that will not only have different form of housing but also be affordable to all groups.

The concept of having a house on a plot also is being modified by having a unit shared with others in a building.

Conclusion and Recommendations

The project design was inherently flawed, with an over-concentration on the physical development of the residential estate and no meaningful attempt to integrate social activities that corresponded to project objectives on the development and institutionalisation of housing policies and strategies.

The consequence is that the project had no impact on national or Dhaka housing development strategies or policies which currently concentrate on high-rise developments or on high income group housing that are not accessible to the lower income middleclass or the


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