Karupannya: A Factory that Breathe

Photograph by  Junaid Hasan Pranto
‘Green Industry’ is a globally emerging industrial development practice where symbiotic connections among materials, energy, natural systems and local communities become the central factors in the production process. The factory building for Karupannya Rangpur Ltd., designed by Architect Bayejid Mahbub Khondker and his team, is a pioneering example of such ‘green industry’ initiatives in Bangladesh. The industry celebrates its success in managing energy and waste in sustainable ways while empowering local women who make up the whole workforce of its manual production line. The factory

Architectural Pedagogy and Profession in Bangladesh: Towards Transition?

State of Architecture Education in Bangladesh during the pandemic (as of 30 June, 2020) © CONTEXT
Often considered as a discipline of ‘the society of spectacle’[1], Architecture ‘education and practice’ have been encountering massive disruption by the ongoing pandemic. Some argue that the crisis has paved the way to revisit the proprieties of the ‘previous normal’ and determines how ready we are to respond, recover and work towards ‘a new normal’ which will let the architect community sustain and thrive during this critical situation.

What should cattle market (Haat) look like during this pandemic?

© Iftekhar Rashid Rafat and Sakib Abdullah Khan
There are two holy and joyous days for Muslims every year. One of them is Eid-ul-Adha. Numerous cattle are sacrificed every year on Eid-ul-Adha in Bangladesh. How can the cattle market be in this pandemic situation? Architecture students Iftekhar Rashid Rafat and Sakib Abdullah Khan have shared some of their ideas on that.

DIY low-cost isolation module: Inspired from traditional Ram-Kure

DIY isolation module  © Authors
The recent pandemic has reshaped various aspects of our life or at least questioned some of them. This COVID-19 situation has changed many of our urban lifestyles and introduced some new guidelines for the future. Experts infer that it will take a long time to control this pandemic, some also predict that it will continue to stay like other seasonal flu. What seems to be inevitable is that it will change our future remarkably.

নগরজীবন ও স্থাপনার গল্প─ রেনজো পিয়ানো | The Story of City-life & Buildings─ Renzo Piano

Tjibau Cultural Centre by Renzo Piano | Illustration by: Kazi Fariha Tasnim Richie
The article is an abridged version of the discussion where architect Renzo Piano, often referred to as the world’s most prolific museum designer, talks about his philosophy of designing buildings that adapt to the city surroundings in course of time while changing the urban person’s quality of life! The original Q&A conducted by Paul Clemence and published by METROPOLIS on 31 July, 2014, focused on the Italian designer’s professional practice and his understanding of the role of public buildings in a city.

The Effectiveness of Green Building in Pandemic Control | 2nd position in ARCASIA Idea Competition

© Ar. Shafique Rahman
ARCASIA Committee on Green and Sustainable Architecture organized the international idea competition on the theme of how a Green Building would contribute to COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control. Titled as “The contribution of Green Building in the fight against COVID-19”, the competition called for entries from Architects of the Member Institutes of ARCASIA. The featured project by Architect Shafique Rahman won the second position.

Pandemic preparedness of built environment: Lessons learned from COVID-19

Overlooking terraces and balconies as social spaces while maintaining physical distance| Designed by Faria Tabassum
Knowing the COVID-19 situation and designing for it are two different things. Rather than being lost in uncertainty, studio ARCH 402 of Daffodil International University (DIU) felt the urgency to anticipate the possible changes in the built environment that may come in the future.

জরুরি সময়ে অস্থায়ী হাসপাতাল | Field Hospital during COVID-19 Emergency

রেলের বগির ব্যবহার (Re-purposing train carriage as emergency field hospital) ©Amlan Kumar Dey
In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, a number of innovative ideas have been surfaced globally to ease the pressure on the existing health infrastructure. Among others, ICU pods made from shipping containers designed by Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota, or conversion of train coaches into isolation wards by the Indian Railways are mentionable. This article, written by the Architecture students of SUST, draws out the implication of these ideas in the Bangladesh context.

Urban transformation of informal mix in Dhaka

Informal functional mix along the Islampur road of Old Dhaka | Cover image by: Md. Raihanul Hai
The informal and unplanned characters of mixed functions have transformed urban Dhaka into a complex form of development. This article, extracted from a research, discusses the advantages and challenges of informal mix following a method of mapping the incremental transformation of mixed functions in two neighbourhoods of old and new Dhaka.

স্থান, কাল ও অস্তিত্ব – বালকৃষ্ণ দোশি | Time, Space & Existence – Balkrishna Doshi

Illustration by Ziaur Rahman Ovi
The following article is the translated interview of Indian architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi -2018 Pritzker Prize laureate and the first Indian ever to do so- originally hosted by the GAA Foundation and European Cultural Centre jointly as a part of the 2020 edition of Time-Space-Existence exhibition. Over six decades, Doshi has created a body of work lauded for its poetics, purpose and deep appreciation of material context. His designs are influenced as much by India’s vernacular as they are by his early tutelage under Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn- mentors he describes as his guru


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