|Contextbd Correspondent|

Bengal Institute of Architecture, Landscape and Settlement started its operation with a series of academic and public events on Saturday, August 1. The fall sequence begun in Khilkhet , Dhaka campus designed by Salauddin Ahmed and Atelier Robin.

Landscape architecture is the focus of August Session. Distinguished faculty members Carey Clouse, Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Dwijen Sharma, Anuradha Mathur, Dilip Da Cunha, Salauddin Ahmed, Wakilur Rahman  and Hasibul Kabir will conduct this session.

The public event was inaugurated on Tuesday, August 4 with the lecture presented by veteran academic Dr. Suha Ozkan titled ‘Validation in Architecture’. The lecture was aimed to surface a review on awards given in architecture and related fields. Agreeing the fact that it is not easy to establish criteria and values validating architecture, Dr. Suha demonstrated Pritzker Prize, UIA gold medal awards as well as Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Showcasing a number of wining projects, he appreciated ‘Aga Khan Award for Architecture’ more as it is given to a particular project promoting values arisen from analytical prospective while other two are given to architects with no engagement of critical discourse (as per his view).

In the following day, Carey Clouse, Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts ,USA presented lecture on strategies for landscape architecture. Referring to her recent book “Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up” professor Clouse addressed Cuba’s experiments in urban farming. She also shared her Ladakh and post Katrina Orleans experience highlighting landscape as a tool for building climate resilience and community development.

With successive activities organized by Bengal Institute the first week of August turned into an eventful occasion where both public lectures were packed with curious crowd.  Congratulations to Bengal Institute for its exultant start and we wish a successful journey ahead.