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Infrastructures of Mobility

Part 2 Project 2020
Angus Taylor
University of Cambridge | UK
Poverty in Dhaka is an issue as old as the city itself. However, recent decades of population growth, political instability and economic polarisation has transformed this phenomena into a crisis of unprecedented proportion. Of the city’s 21 million population, 35 percent live within informal settlements.

Drawing upon six-months of fieldwork within Korail— Dhaka’s largest informal settlement—the project envisages the creation of rickshaw centre prototypes which, through the provision of accommodation, storage, and labour union facilities, establishes spaces of legitimacy for the informal rickshaw sector. This in turn liberates land within the overcrowded neighbourhoods of Dhaka’s informal settlements, creating spaces of opportunity where urgently needed public buildings, such as schools, community centres, and clinics, can be introduced. Speculating on how the project might catalyse further transformative development within Korail, it concludes by exploring an enhanced street network dedicated to improving the efficiency and status of the local rickshaw sector whilst delivering infrastructural and emergency services into this vital yet neglected neighbourhood.

The project endeavours to challenge the critical role of mobility in the production of urban inequalities, enrolling not only the informal settlement as the site of such processes, but the city beyond so as to act upon both.

Angus Taylor


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