NAKHARA (Journal of Environmental Design and Planning)


Farjana Rahman

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This paper analyses the design process that addresses the ecological consideration and architectural factors with local indigenous materials so that nature-based tourism can be more encouraged and feasible towards sustainable development. The case study is the Sundarbans, which is a mangrove forest and coastal wetland with a complex ecosystem formed by a variety of plants and animals. Due to its diversity, ecosystem richness and uniqueness, this contiguous block has a huge impact on both local and global environment and is significant among researchers, conservationists and nature lovers. Karamjal, Bangladesh, one of the main entry points of Sundarban Reserve Forest is enriched with a diversified ecosystem. But now this site is deteriorating day by day with increasing unplanned build forms and visitors. For betterment of ecological setting and tourism facilities for global attention, Karamjal is indicative of better consideration both ecologically and architecturally. After analysis, a case study of site-specific design is proposed for improvement of this site.

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