Placemaking through Historic Urban Landscape Approach

This design thesis seeks to investigate the potential for rejuvenating the identity of a German city, Chemnitz, through open-space design. Following the recommendations of the historic urban landscape (HUL) approach by UNESCO, the relationship between urban design and urban placemaking is explored. The thesis argues that preserving the traits and values associated with an urban […]

Transforming a Government Colony into a Block-based Housing

The compound effects of plot-based development and low per-capita open spaces in Dhaka have led to an individualist society with reduced outdoor activities for its citizens. To counter this, the concept of block-based development, in which 50% of its open space is dedicated as community open space, has been introduced in the proposed Detailed Area […]

From Spiritual to Touristic Experience: Rethinking Religious Tourism in Langalbandh

This studio project envisions the historic holy site of Langalbandh, a well-known pilgrimage destination in Bangladesh for Sanatan (Hindu) believers. Every year, approximately 1-1.5 million Hindu devotees visit this place from all across Bangladesh, as well as India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, to take a sacred bath in the Old Brahmaputra River and participate in […]

From Extraction to Exploration: Transforming the Stone Quarry into a Visitor Center

The project rethinks the abandoned stone-mine field of Bholagonj Ropeway area which lies on the foothill of Meghalayan-hills. The area now consists of 3 land chunks: 1. White Stone Zero Point (no intervention border area), 2. An Abandoned Ropeway Station Island (Site B) and 3. An Abandoned Quarry Brownfield with Ghat 10 (Site A).  The […]

Design and Make Installation: Brick-Mortar Poetry | CUET

Hands-on-training is an integral part of CUET’s second-year design studio program. When the Covid-19 restriction was lifted at the end of December 2021, students of level-1, term-2 were asked to design and build five installations in the abandoned garden at the entrance of a student dormitory (Bangabandhu Hall), CUET. The project was a collaboration between […]

Inside the Instrument

How is it to live inside a musical instrument? The 2nd year students of the Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University started with this very question for their final project of “Music Appreciation” course. Each student was given the task of selecting a musical instrument that they would use as inspiration for creating an architectural space. […]

Reviving the Vibrant Past of Shitalakshya Waterfront

Urban sprawl and unplanned land use development have pushed back the Shitalakshya waterfront area to the neglected urban fringe of Narayanganj city. Presently, the city is facing the crisis of a breathing space capable of improving the quality of the urban environment. The site has its own vibrant historical past, containing both Mughal and Colonial […]

Tale of Tangua: Regenerating Haor Settlement Through Eco-Tourism

This student project seeks to propose a rural (re)development scheme fostering community-based eco-tourism in haor areas in order to transform this wetland destination in a sustainable way. The aim is to ensure long-term economic viability to local communities, conservation and sustainable management of natural resources of Tanguar Haor while enhancing visitors’ experience and community well-being. […]

Redesigning Dhaka Airport Railway Station as a Multimodal Transport Hub

This academic project attempted to understand the morphology of different modes of transportation systems and reflect the understanding through the design of an integrated transportation system of BRT, MRT and Railway station to serve the city on both macro and micro scales. The site and context are challenging, as it is working as a physical […]

The Salvaged Island | CUET

Notes from the student: Sangu-A is the first offshore gas rig project in Bangladesh. This gas field was discovered in 1996 in the Bay of Bengal 35-40 km away from the land near Salimpur, Chattogram. In 1998 the offshore gas rig was built by Petrobangla with the help of two international companies Cairns Ltd. and […]