May 21st, 2012
05:38 PM GMT
Dhaka (CNN) – With 500,000 new migrants arriving in Bangladesh’s capital each year, finding space for them is a problem.
Where do 15 million people go to sleep every night? For several months of the year certain areas of Dhaka are under up to a meter of water, creating even greater pressure for secure housing.
Architect Mohammed Rezwan is building what he believes will be the solution to rising floods. North of Dhaka, on the Gumani River, is a floating village. More than 50 boats providing homes, hospitals and schools, and supporting 90,000 people.
Dhaka’s current housing situation is unsustainable. A third of the city lives in unstable housing, according to UN Habitat.
Construction has now started at Purbachal, one of Dhaka’s largest new housing developments. It is a satellite city where 62,000 flats are being built for middle-income Bangladeshis, by the housing authority RAJUK, to tease people away from the big city.
Whether it’s brick, or boat, the pressure to house the megacity is great; a challenge for Dhaka to face.