- Name: Sachinda Herath
- Year: 2018
- Studio: Level V
- University: University of Moratuwa
“Intervention of a dying town: building as a catalyst for communal and economic generator. Building acts as a regenerator for the industrial zone of the town”
In the primal scenario, creating space for an ideal process is a way of allowing a community to superimpose in an economic activity. There is also the architecture of necessity, which responds to the adaptation and development of the community.
A town is a complex matrix that is shaped and moulded by many social, economic, political, environmental and cultural factors. However, this project was a small step to alter the holistic macro scale urban planning and introduce an idea for urban regeneration thereby facilitating social equity and empowerment in a rural context to tally with modern social, economic and environmental concerns.
Ultimately, Architecture is used as the tool to stimulate the economic activity of the community thus making it a healthy environment for working, learning, socializing, and thereby not only nurturing the community but also the future generation. Further, the architectural solution will be able to regulate and define the identified town ship as a “Modern Agricultural Hub” by evolving agricultural practices.
This project is to address both the strategical establishment of economic activities and community interest to provide a simple, practical bottom up solution that can uplifted the rooted agricultural based lively hood of the villagers and to be regenerated the town ship.
“Girdurukotte” is One of the underdeveloped townships, that was born under Mahaweli project scheme, planned for Agriculturally based development. However, now it is typically “A ghost town” with lack of social, economic and cultural balance and activities. The study-based research evident that this is due to the Lack of related functions for the Agricultural practice within the town. Therefore, the project is proposed in order to gain social, cultural, economic development while the community gets a livelihood related opportunity. The purpose of such projects should be to develop the social and economic background of the local community, in order to do so whatever that comes up in the area should have a direct connection with their lifestyle. The “plantation plan” introduced to the area only highlights the exporting of the banana fruit but not its by-products, which are recognized as more important commodity in the international markets. In identification of the importance of introducing the byproduct industry as a modern agricultural strategy the project proposed a “banana by products development center” to achieve social, economic and cultural sustainability to the Giradurukotte township.
As a solution for the above-identified issues, the most suitable project for this area is something that has a direct connection with the daily living pattern of the people. Planting a crop that will give a regular harvest throughout the year will be an economical benefit for the farmers. Considering climatic and other conditions of this area, the authorities have identified this area suitable for banana plantation. As for now, the harvest would be directly export as a main industry. However, a wide variety of by- products can be developed from the banana tree. That is why a banana by-products development center is essential for this region.
Main idea of the project is to impart the possibilities of agriculture, which extends beyond the process of reaping the crop. This project aims to create a platform that enables the farmers to realize the potential of the entire production process, the byproducts and range of opportunities that are available in the process of farming and agriculture. This research responds to three main objectives;
- Develop a lifestyle-inspired platform for the community to uplift their socio-economic lifestyle.
- Provide facilities that can economically, socially and environmentally regenerated the relate function and the community.
- Re generate the dying township.
The overall vision adopted in the design is to create intermediate platforms in-between the social and physical context. Thus, the concept of “An architectural intervention as a catalyst of the regional social, economic and environmental uplift.” This was derived through the community input gathered at the participatory workshop.
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