• A floating school project in Bangladesh named ‘The Arcadia Education Project’ has won the Aga Khan Architecture Award.
• The ‘Arcadia Education Project’ in South Kanarchor of Bangladesh is an amphibious school designed by renowned architect of Bangladesh Saif Ul Haque.
• The project involved construction of a school in an area which is under water during the monsoon months. The school which remains on the ground during dry season and floats on water when the area is submerged in water during monsoon.
• The amphibious structure for school is built by utilising only the local material-bamboo, used tyres and steel drums for constructing the.
• The Aga Khan Foundation lauded the project for its contribution to improve people’s lives, social and economic development, access to education in rural communities and global issues like rising water levels.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture
• The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is an architectural prize established by Aga Khan IV in 1977. The award is associated with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
• It is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture.
Mains Paper 2: International
Prelims level : Aga Khan Architecture Award