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Angus Taylor

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Infrastructures of Mobility

Dhaka, Bangladesh


Urban poverty in Dhaka is an issue as old as the city itself. However, recent decades of population growth, political instability and socio-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 proposes an ‘infrastructure of mobility’ dedicated to the local rickshaw community. Rickshaw centres establish ‘spaces of legitimacy’ in the form of storage, administrative and accommodation facilities, whilst cycle routes disrupt current patterns of socio-spatial fragmentation, enhance income generating opportunities, and catalysing a process of street transformation throughout Korail. In this way, the project endeavours to challenge the critical role of mobility in the production of urban inequalities, enrolling not only the slum as the site of such processes, but the city beyond so as to act upon both.
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Angus Taylor

︎Year 5