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Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum named in TIME's 100 most influential list

  • Contributions to the field of innovation
  • Recognized for her pioneering work in environmentally sustainable design
Update : 18 Apr 2024, 01:19 PM

Renowned Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum has been recognized in Time magazine's prestigious list of the 100 most influential people for her significant contributions to the field of innovation.

Tabassum is recognized for her pioneering work in environmentally sustainable design.

Her architectural approach diverges from commercial norms, emphasizing community engagement and addressing the needs of ordinary citizens.

According to Time's entry for Tabassum on the list published Wednesday night, "Tabassum's altruism even extends to buildings themselves. She cares for her creations as creatures partaking in the resources of our earth: describing her Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which won the prestigious Aga Khan Award, she said a building 'has to be able to breathe without artificial aids".

"Elsewhere in the country, which faces increased flood risks due to climate change, she has developed houses that are cost-effective and easy to move — clearly, buildings shouldn't just breathe; they should avoid getting their feet wet. While she practices very locally, she teaches, lectures, and is recognized internationally, modelling architecture not as an individual signature but as a collective Esperanto."

Tabassum's work was previously honoured with the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture and by the American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards in 2021.

She was named as the winner of the Millennium Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2022.

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