A breathable habitat: Reimagining housing for a low-income community

A breathable habitat © MIST

The project attempts to provide an on-site renewal scheme for low-cost housing scenario. In the larger urban context in Bangladesh, such design explorations are crucial. In terms of the design intent and resolution, the design successfully negotiates the site conditions and has been able to use the site potentials to good effect. In particular, the […]

Vertical Mixed Use | Selected Projects

Vertical Mixed Use | Projects from Premier University and AIUB

The mixed-use notion has gained ground against the traditional single-use zoning practice of city planning.  There is a growing understanding that we need vital amenities close to our living and working places for a vibrant urban life. Furthermore, many cities today have advocated compact development patterns to address the need to accommodate a burgeoning urban population […]

Hands-on Design-Build Experience: Golden Jubilee Installation in CUET

© Shuvra Das, Lecturer, Department of Architecture, CUET

| Notes from the studio tutors | To mark the 50th anniversary of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), third-year students of Architecture was assigned with the task of designing and building the installations under the supervision of the faculty members Shuvra Das, Biplob Kanti Biswas and  Rahanat Ara Jafar as a part of […]

Re-envisioning Tejgaon Industrial Area: A Public Realm for the Future| NSU

© Department of Architecture, North South University

The Tejgaon Industrial Area was first established as an ‘industrial District’ in the Masterplan for Dacca drawn up in 1959 by the Dhaka Improvement Trust.  In 1968 DIT planned the district as a Light Industrial Area and divided it into large plots appropriate for industrial development. Of course, over time land division and acquisition have […]

Abode of Enlightenment: University of Pandit Vihara | BUET

University of Pandit Vihara, Chattogram © Atiya Nusrat Urmi

Thousand years ago, on the era of Buddhism in Bangladesh, Pandit Vihara (Pandit Pagoda) was built at Anwara Upazila in Chittagong. It was one of the most important Pagodas among the four (Takshashila University, Nalanda University, Sompur Vihara) in historical India which is lost over time. Pandit Vihara was basically the hub of knowledge and […]

A Spiritual Journey through the Mythological Route of Chandranath Hill, Chattagram | AIUB

© Shovo Shaha Dip | AIUB

CHANDRANATH HILL in Sitakunda, Chattagram is considered to be one of the most visited sacred and pilgrimage sites in Bangladesh. Every year, several hundred thousand Hindu devotees of the country climb this famous hill. According to the Hindu mythology, the sage created a pond or Kunda for the goddess Sita during her exile period. Besides the […]

Take Measure | Design | Covid-19 Mobile Testing Station-NSU

Take Measure, Design, Covid-19 Mobile Testing Station

Project: Take Measure | Design | Covid-19 Mobile Testing Station [Note from Architect Tasnuva Sarwat | Faculty, Department of architecture, North South University] The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought the world to a standstill, and its effects and consequences are being felt by every citizen in every country, most acutely in resource-scarce regions like Bangladesh. […]

Baad Ijtema | NSU

© Akash Kumar Das

Within the bustle of the overpopulated metropolis, Dhaka prominently lacks adequate space which generates and celebrates public activity. Uttara and adjacent Tongi areas form an important urban center of North Dhaka. The area is connected with the rest of the country by the vast and complex river system of the delta via Turag River. Ijtema […]

Reviving A Sleeping River | Hochschule Anhalt, Germany

© Nakib Sadat Chowdhury

There are many cases when the city development neglects the full potentialities of the river and the city uses it as a backyard; specially rivers with the smaller widths. This thesis aims to find a micro-scale design solution to bring back the river from the “backyard” to “frontyard” by using River Emscher as a framework. […]

অনুরণন: Revival of Anderkilla Shahi Jame Mosque

Revival of Anderkilla Shahi Jame Mosque © Ramisa Yeameen Chowdhury Eva | BRACU

The Ander Killa (meaning “the inner fort”) Shahi Jame Mosque is a 362 years old mosque of Mughal era standing at 32 feet high from the ground on a hilltop. Over time many alterations took place in the mosque. The visibility of the Mughal mosque has been cloaked completely due to the extension of the […]


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