Archinect - News 2014-10-25T12:08:25-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107191804/how-concrete-floors-can-prevent-child-deaths-in-bangladesh How concrete floors can prevent child deaths in Bangladesh Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-22T19:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T14:18:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wa/wa6svnlv4o8r9aze.jpg" width="514" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>An initiative from <a href="http://archinect.com/archiveglobal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments</a> (ARCHIVE) is working to decrease infectious disease rates in Bangladesh through a simple housing intervention: concrete floors. Homes with dirt or mud floors are prime gateways for gastrointestinal and parasitic pathogens, and both are widespread in the country's more vulnerable populations.</p><p>Children under five are particularly at risk, who are disproportionally impacted by such diseases to the point of morbidity or death. ARCHIVE's "<a href="http://archiveglobal.org/high-fives/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Fives</a>" project aims to install concrete floors in 500 Bangladeshi homes by 2015 &mdash;&nbsp;a simple adjustment that ARCHIVE estimates would reduce children's risk of contracting parasites by over 75%, severely undercutting disease and mortality rates.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67459887/the-luxury-of-light-and-shadows The Luxury of Light and Shadows Archinect 2013-02-12T19:09:00-05:00 >2013-02-18T17:50:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14c8208856396b2001938d286dd1efcb.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nestled in the flatlands of rural Bangladesh near the River Brahma-Jamuna, coursing down from Tibet, flush with the silts and melted snows of the Himalayas, the Friendship Centre is one of those new buildings which feels as though it may have been there for a very long time. Whilst the simple, graphic forms of its brick construction present a slightly archaic aspect, its enclosure by a bund or embankment lends the whole site an inward-looking inverted feel, almost like an excavation. T</p></em><br /><br /><p> Online publication, uncube, interviews Bangladeshi architect Kashef Chowdhury, discussing his recent project, the Friendship Centre, in Gaibandha.</p>