Marina Tabassum Soane Medal for architecture

An interview with Marina Tabassum features in today's Dezeen Agenda newsletter

The latest edition of our Dezeen Agenda newsletter features an exclusive interview with Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum, who told Dezeen why she only works in her home country.

Tabassum is known for designing buildings that use local materials and aim to improve the lives of low-income people in Bangladesh.

"The reason I've never really worked outside Bangladesh is the fact that wherever I work, I must understand that place," she told Dezeen from her studio in Dhaka.

"To go somewhere and build something without having the full knowledge of it makes me quite uncomfortable."

Among Tabassum's designs in Bangladesh are the country's Museum of Independence and the adjacent Independence Monument, as well as the Aga Khan Award-winning Bait Ur Rouf Mosque.

A new type of concrete floor that drastically reduces carbon emissions features in today's Dezeen Agenda newsletter
A new type of vaulted concrete floor that could significantly reduce carbon emissions features in today's Agenda newsletter

Other stories in this week's newsletter include a new concrete vaulted floor that could significantly cut carbon emissions, UK studio Foster + Partners withdrawing from projects in Russia and news of the UN giving the green light to a "historic" global treaty on plastic waste.

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