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Manikganj Townscape

Developing an Urban Plan for Manikganj. Manikganj is situated 68 km south-west from Dhaka, on the bank of Kaliganga river. The town was probably named after a Muslim preacher, Sufi Manik Shah, who lived on an island by the Ichamati river, presently known as Maniknagar. He would later move near Dhaleswari river, which became the […]

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On Slowness

In an earlier edition of 2G devoted to Arne Jacobsen, Knud Aerbo, one of his former associates, spoke of Jacobsen’s office: “What we had when we worked with Arne Jacobsen: A drawing table – a 90 x 160 centimetres uneven table top – a side chair with a straw bottom. Our own T-square and a […]

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Editorial: Art Without Media and Artists

Art is now taking new turns. In the metamorphosis of art, new characters and catalysts are emerging into the play where the individual medium and artists are gradually becoming insignificant than before. Like artificial intelligence in technology, art itself is turning into an independent catalyst of this transformation, and is somewhat working independently off the artists! […]

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The Unsettling Water of Dhaka

Dhaka has reached its present state by undergoing different rulers of diverse cultures, wide range of governance practices, natural catastrophes, administrative variations, and many other fluctuations. Till the end of the sixteenth century, Dhaka had a rural settlement. The growth of Dhaka city started from the south and continued to extend toward the west and […]

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How Aerial Imagery Changed Our Perception

When looking at the Bengali landscape through an aeroplane window, we see scattered settlements with mostly water, paddy fields, trees, and some paths. Additionally, there is also the plane itself being inserted into the scenario, where it acts as the spectator. “The will of the aeroplane represents to me the real spectator who gazes out […]

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The Perception of a City Makes a City

The city belongs to the citizens. People make the city, they make it what it is, and the city itself dictates the lives of its citizens. The way the city is perceived by its citizens becomes embedded in the culture. According to Bangladeshi academic, writer and columnist Syed Manzoorul Islam “A city lends itself to […]

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Editorial: The Rising Horizon

In a slow gestating process, Bangladesh’s contemporary architecture has arrived at a global stage in a robust and formidable way. If 1952, and the Art College and Dhaka University Library mark the starting point of a modern architecture culture, it took a while for the new arrival. Since the publication of the two iconic projects […]

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