The Future of our Treasured Past
Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritages exhibit and encapsulate popular memories of the city through a complex interplay of production, consumption, re-construction, interpretation and diverse tactics of remembrance - a comprehensive observation by sociologist Anouk Bélanger. Every time the wrecking ball unceremoniously razes off an old building, chunk of our history and identity is forever wiped off from the earth's surface. Do our past not deserve a future? More importantly, can our past ensembles coexist with the rendition of our future development? Unsettled agitations as such led
A Romance between Light and Air
This animation is a digital documentation of one of the finest assets of Bengali Architecture. This is also a tribute to one of the crown jewels of regional modernism that architect Mazharul Islam left behind for the generations beyond borders, to come and admire. It is a thank you note to the maestro for showing us how architecture can transcend all the limits of time and space.
জরুরি সময়ে অস্থায়ী হাসপাতাল | Field Hospital during COVID-19 Emergency
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.
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?
Bamboo Playscape: An Experiential Platform for Underprivileged Children
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
Contemporary Dhaka in Illustrations: Traveler’s Account
In the past, many travelers visited Dhaka and their visual accounts are considered as an important tangible evidence of Dhaka’s History. Art works by Sir Charles D'Oyly, Frederick William and George Chinnery, who visited Dhaka around 1st half of the 19th Century, help us to reveal city’s past imagery. Even today, we mesmerize to see the photographs of their etching, paintings and sketches of historical Dhaka. The aim of this article is not to resurface those images again. We rather were keen to learn how present Dhaka is perceived and portrayed by the foreigners who traveled to Dhaka or
Mymensingh of My Mind
The project is a compilation of the mind mapping done through a short month long masters session, ‘Architecture and the City’ at the Bengal institute of Architecture, Landscape and settlements. The session was lead by Micheal Sorkin and Kazi Khaled Ashraf. The reader is guided on a journey between the imagined (fictional / fabricated) and the physical (contextualized / accessible) through written expressions. The compilation focuses on ‘Space’ as imagined and written about, but works with reference to actual experiential spaces in the small town of Mymensingh.