Old Jail Area and Challenge of Urban Space in Dhaka

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"Where are our plazas, piazzas, malls, and maidans? Public places are where democracy finds a voice and a physical presence. Cities in Bangladesh have been experiencing unprecedented population surge. The demand for urban land is skyrocketing, leading to misguided policies of gentrification and a mastani culture of land-grabbing. Experts recommend that a livable city should have a minimum of 25% of its area as open space. Dhaka's open space of only about 14.5% is rapidly shrinking. Research has shown that without adequate public plazas—essential for a city's democratic practices,

Women in Architecture-Where We Stand?

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"Architecture education takes about five to seven years to reach completion. Another few years of work experience are needed before one can apply for the licensing exam. This is a time consuming process and it coincides with a woman’s childbearing years. Therefore many women have to make a choice between being a mother and being an architect."

Master Architect, Muzharul Islam Revisited | N. R. Khan

As the Master Juror in the 1st Aga Khan Award, Jeneva (1980) | ©Muzharul Islam Foundation
Architect Muzharul Islam , being the pioneer of modern architecture in Bangladesh, influenced and inspired architects over generation here. His works and philosophy has been widely discussed among the architecture community in Bangladesh. In some opinion his influence probably remains partial, fragmented and the essence of his work and philosophy as a full entity is missing. Prominent architect, activist and theoretician N.R Khan has questioned whether the architects here have been able to carry the legacy of the essence of his work and philosophy in a true sense in practice, social


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