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Since cities from all around the globe are becoming more and more uniform, losing their own attributes, there is a pressing need to renovate and rejuvenate the uniqueness while planning for the future. A historic heritage holds a stronger character that survives destruction and makes them live on after people. Adaptive reuse gives us a great opportunity to preserve and honor the heritage of a city and the history within.
‘Thread’ is introducing the fundamental quest of adaptive reuse of a living heritage. Mymensingh region, well-renowned for folk arts, music, tales, fabric, food, pottery, renders a zone of rich culture and heritage which is losing its unique attributes that can’t be replicated. This design aims to conserve a governmental vacant space with some unoccupied residents of colonial architecture, besides the existing National Heritages- Jainul Museum, City Park, and prominent Brahmaputra River. Considering the adaptive reuse, the implementation of a street offers the city dwellers a streetscape which works as a thread with their unique root of heritage. The street promotes a journey through time and culture of Mymensingh. That journey starts from a crowded junction of the city to an open landscape which leads an urbanite to seek his deep-seated folk culture. In every step in this path, he will savor his cultural individuality. Passing by the street, one will be tickled by folk music with folk instruments, taste buds will be showered with local foods, and eyes will be hypnotized by the shades of local attires. These senses will assist city dwellers as well as visitors to figure out the folklore elements of Mymensingh which were once famous globally, but begin to lose in course of time.
The preservation does not only confine in the materialistic desolated infrastructures, rather it comes up with the intangible foundations of culture and allows the occupants reviving as well as blending a place with revitalizing its own culture, heritage and urban amenities with a sustainable design. It can generate mass reunification, provide a new urban space to celebrate their nearly lost particular cultures, to grip their entrenched connections.
This street provides a glimpse of the city’s past, it has a tale to tell. With every fabrics and stroke, it discloses its stories, regimes of supremacy, events, and emotions behind every brick to the natives in its unique way. Responding to the question of how best to preserve historically appreciated buildings, prohibit their demolition, conserve, and reuse those for a motive other than it was designed, a proper understanding of this design’s motive has been met. Transforming obsolete structures into high performing frameworks with the consideration of community’s need and topographical value give this design enough functionality to perform with efficacy.
Adaptive reuse means to us is the revitalization of culture and heritage, living in it, a desire to support the breathing space of a city with its self-identity along with the sustainable and resilient use of outmoded infrastructures maintaining their uniqueness with a fusion of contemporary architecture.
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