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This school could change the way we think about buildings in Bangladesh. The secret? It floats

30 September 2019

Razia Alam and Saif Ul Haque recently won an Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) for the Arcadia Education Project outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. "All the projects I work on are dear to my heart, but this one has brought me so much attention," says Ul Haque. "I always believe a project has to offer something new to make things better – quality of environment, quality of architecture – but Arcadia Education Project presented further things to resolve, which needed a native solution." The AKAA jury described the project as "modest and direct", adding that it "strives to elevate people’s lives, contributes to social and economic development and provides a pathway to solutions for the global issues of rising water levels and access to education in rural communities".