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.

Rickshaw Revisited

Drawing by Saimum Kabir © ContextBD
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

Bamboo playscape | ©  Paraa
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

Mymensingh of My Mind

Sketch by : Farasha Zaman
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.

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