The Fog of Pandemic and Design Strategies for Public Spaces

Public spaces at present are facing an existential threat with safety concerns, restrictions, and social distancing. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major changes and/or a halt in public events. Restrictions have been put in place to reduce transmission risks for those who work, volunteer in this physical space, and for public space users attending performances. Experts warn that social distancing will continue to be needed even after vaccination starts. Therefore, understanding that the public gathering may take a while to return to their original form, this research synthesizes

Ecography Exhibition Captures a New Awareness of Home

| Farhat Afzal |  The ongoing global pandemic caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus has forced us to pause and reassess how we live our lives. Nationwide lockdowns were imposed by governments all over the world to ensure social distancing in order to limit the spread of the virus. Schools and universities have […]


Multi-purpose Amenity Pop Up | Rethinking Public Square in Pandemic Time

Coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted our daily activities. It has heightened uncertainty over employment, economy, relationship, and of course physical and mental health.  Even if we get over it through time, its effect will last longer. Mainly, this virus spreads through human contacts. So, until a full proof vaccine arrives, social distancing is the key to fight against this pandemic. The ongoing health measure of living apart means public spaces such as parks, plazas, and markets are all experimenting with ideas that keep the community safe - a new approach to rethink and

Architectural Pedagogy and Profession in Bangladesh: Towards Transition?

Often considered as a discipline of ‘the society of spectacle’[1], Architecture ‘education and practice’ have been encountering massive disruption by the ongoing pandemic. Some argue that the crisis has paved the way to revisit the proprieties of the ‘previous normal’ and determines how ready we are to respond, recover and work towards ‘a new normal’ which will let the architect community sustain and thrive during this critical situation.

A New Mindset for the New Paradigm

Sadequl Arefin Saif | CONTEXT It will surely be nice easing back into our old routines, only now with extra care. However, we chalk our coronavirus stories out – eternal losses, Zoom meetings, perpetuating petty thoughts and implausible insecurities, or barely trying to keep ourselves sane, chances are that psychologists, scholars and thinkers from around […]


What should cattle market (Haat) look like during this pandemic?

There are two holy and joyous days for Muslims every year. One of them is Eid-ul-Adha. Numerous cattle are sacrificed every year on Eid-ul-Adha in Bangladesh. How can the cattle market be in this pandemic situation? Architecture students Iftekhar Rashid Rafat and Sakib Abdullah Khan have shared some of their ideas on that.

DIY low-cost isolation module: Inspired from traditional Ram-Kure

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 Effectiveness of Green Building in Pandemic Control | 2nd position in ARCASIA Idea Competition

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.

Pandemic preparedness of built environment: Lessons learned from COVID-19

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.

Quarantine Diary | Saba Islam

It was not at all easy for anyone of us to get used to the sudden drastic changes in our regular life brought by the lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic. Some of us are just lucky to have all the family members together with them during this highly uncertain time! These pen sketches are Saba’s attempts to visualize some of the moments of home quarantine of herself and her family.

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