As part of the collaboration between American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) and Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh under the research project titled “Adaptive Solutions in Climate Resilient Dwelling for Slum Dwellers”, an Innovation Exposition was conducted by the Department of Architecture on 23rd July, 2019, with the slum dwellers as participants. The event was conducted by M. Arefeen Ibrahim (Head, Department of Architecture), Ashik Vaskor Mannan (Associate Professor), Saiful Hasan Tariq (Assistant Professor) and the student researchers from Department of Architecture, AIUB. Mr. Mothi Mondol (Senior Project coordinator-Urban, HFHB) and others were present from Habitat for Humanity International-Bangladesh. Mr. Hamidur Rahman (Project manager-Urban DRR, CARITAS Switzerland) was also present as a representative of the donor Organization. The main objective of the event was to exhibit and explain the innovative design ideas among the slum dwellers about the adaptive solutions to improve the light and ventilation condition of their existing households, addressing the impact of climate change.
The event was spontaneous and interactive. The student researchers from AIUB explained the design proposals in the first session. The second session was Q&A session, where they answered all the relevant questions from participants, regarding innovations and mechanism of the designed modules. The session was fruitful and successful with the spontaneous participation of guests, conductors, students and spectators. The experts from Habitat for Humanity International- Bangladesh and CARITAS Switzerland gave their in-depth opinion and feedback on the design solutions, and slum dwellers accepted and welcomed the innovations along with relevant suggestions for betterment, which were the key achievement of the session.