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.
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.
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
In an interview with Martha Thorne, Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design and Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, she talks about the promises and challenges of architecture and design in making future cities. The interview, originally published in the website of IE University, Spain, is translated in Bengali by Architect Khalid Mahmud.
Some architects design buildings that soar into the sky. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is bringing buildings back down to earth. This interview presents architect Kuma's vision and philosophy regarding the practice of sustainable architecture using local vernacular materials; by balancing traditional and contemporary approach. The interview is translated in Bengali by architecture graduate Mahin Haque and the feature image is illustrated by Ziaur Rahman Ovi.
The following article is the translated interview of Japanese architect Arata Isozaki -2019 Pritzker Prize laureate- originally hosted by the GAA Foundation and European Cultural Centre jointly as a part of Time-Space-Existence exhibition, which took place in Venice on May 2018. This interview presents Isozaki’s vision on the themes of space and time, and on their intertwining into the Japanese concept of 'ma' -the space and time that lies in-between things. The interview is translated in Bengali by architecture graduate Mahin Haque and the feature image is illustrated by Ziaur Rahman Ovi.
Wondering what is so special about rickshaw? Isn't it something that blame for causing traffic congestion in the city? Isn't this 'slow moving', 'unsafe' transport unfit to keep pace with the fast-moving modern city? Isn’t the subaltern rickshaw puller causing social nuisance in the city? Should it not be evicted from the urban street anyway?
A lightweight transient architecture is different from the permanent architecture we used to see every day. A lightweight architecture can be thin enough to defy gravity and create an impression of floating in air. The membrane, which is used to cover the space in a lightweight structure reflects the transient character of light and shadow of outside into the interior space. The perfect example of a lightweight structure is the Tensile Membrane Structure.
Visualisation is crucial to effective community participation in urban design processes because it is the only common language between all those involved. It is a language where the technical thinking and jargon of designers and the dreams of participants may find equal footing. In line with this, Martin Johansson points out, the challenge often faced in participatory design is that the “trained designer may use a pen and a piece of paper to illustrate his ideas while other stakeholders need other kinds of design material to be able to sketch”.
Architecture as a service industry is often criticized for its inclination towards the privilege section of the society. The top down design process coupled with the traditional relationship between client and architect has influenced the architect to think architecture as an end product rather than a process. In the following project ‘Bamboo playscape’ , a young group of activist architects adapts design as a tool for social change and architecture as a process that informs the real needs of the community to achieve inclusive and context specific innovation particularly for the under