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Marina Tabassum, first South Asian to get Lisbon Triennale Lifetime Achievement Award

As the first recipient from the global south and the first South Asian, renowned Bangladeshi architect, researcher, and educator Marina Tabassum received the prestigious Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lisbon Architecture Triennale panel commended Marina Tabassum for providing an inspiring example of work with local communities that may have a beneficial impact all over the world even in the most challenging circumstances when announcing the award.

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Marina Tabssum: Key Points

  • The unique approach of Marina Tabssum, according to the international jury for the award, touches on the philosophical foundations of architecture.
  • Her works address urgent contemporary themes and are motivated by particular cultural and geographic context, according to the jury’s citation for the award.
  • Marina Tabssum’s work demonstrates how architects may confront the climate catastrophe and effect social change in an innovative, considerate, and motivating way.
  • The Lisbon Triennale, which starts on September 29 in Lisbon, Portugal, will award her with an original work of art created by Portuguese sculptor and artist Carlos Nogueira.

Marina Tabssum: Architectural designs

Architectural designs by Marina Tabassum are renowned for eschewing commercialism and firmly enshrining environmental considerations. One of Marina Tabassum‘s  numerous well-known creations is the Bait Ur Rouf mosque in Dhaka. The mosque “stands out for its absence of typical mosque iconography, concentration on materials, space, and light, and its capacity to act not only as a place of worship but also as a centre for its underserved population on Dhaka’s outskirts.” Marina Tabassum has also created bamboo huts that are “minimal impact, movable housing that can be delivered at the lowest cost possible” for the Rohingya refugee camps in Ukhiya, close to Cox’s Bazar.

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