World Leather reports on 18.09.2014
Architecture students from around the world have taken part in a competition to redesign Bangladesh’s Hazaribagh tannery district, with the comprehensive plans submitted to local policymakers.
Texas A&M University students were part of the winning design team that included students from Virginia Tech, Kyushu University, Chinese Culture University and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology — one of four teams competing in Sustainable Design Camp, an annual event funded by Kyushu University Research Institute of East Asia Environments.
“Rapid urbanisation has turned Dhaka into concrete jungle/slum areas with little open space and inadequate road areas,” said the briefing.
Each team was asked to create a plan for the 134-acre site reimagined without the tanneries and including restoration of the contaminated soil. The best proposal called for using plants to restore the site’s contaminated soil in a process known as phytoremediation.
Tannery relocations from Dhaka’s Hazaribagh area to the Savar Tannery Estate are not progressing as efficiently as they should be. The process started around ten years ago, but as yet no tanneries have been relocated.