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.
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.
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.
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.
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.