Categories of Spontaneous Transformation
Urban setup in confused sprawl in Dhaka city is dense. Obviously, there are plenty of building regulations and bylaws to control their growth. Yet, a high level of versatility in the combination of different architectural elements can be noticed that is a resultant of site forces, bylaws, availability of local materials or technics, and different incidents of spontaneous transformation. Together they give the impression of an unconscious, yet powerful vocabulary of a particular urban residential form, especially common in the context of the rapidly growing cities in developing countries. This chapter searched for a prototype of building form in the self-built houses in confused sprawls in Dhaka city, and consequently tried to identify the existence of any categories of spontaneous transformation in those houses. The write-up started with empirical observation, and then was gradually consolidated by field studies stretched over many years of inhabitation in these neighborhoods by the author.
KeywordsBuilding regulations Bylaws Spontaneous transformation Dhaka city
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