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The Curious Case of Hong Kong

Through the lived experiences and ways of representation, cities have been described and imagined in many different ways. Hong Kong, portrayed as a ‘hyperdense metropolis,’ has been a curious case of investigation for many urban thinkers. With a unique natural and manmade arrangement, Hong Kong is a prime global financial center. A city defined by […]

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Mapping It All!

Muntakim Haque and Afifa Razzaque on the lectures by Timmy Aziz, April 2017 A map is usually defined as a graphical representation of a surface. An image of a city, country or a continent is caught in several gridlines in a map showing its physical features and relative locations. From the ancient period, map was […]

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Excavating the Histories of Bengal

Muntakim Haque writes on the lectures by Shahnaj Husne Jahan and Sufi Mustafizur Rahman at Bengal Institute in 2017. Archaeologist and professor at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Shahnaj Husne Jahan has been navigating the challenging practice of archaeology in Bangladesh for decades. She affirms that in order to understand an ancient culture […]

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The Mughal Miniaturist of Jorasanko

Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951) was a figure who was first celebrated, then sank into oblivion, and then re-excavated. Despite his immense contribution to the history of South Asian culture, Abanindranath was often dismissed as a mere illustrator of fairy tales. In reality, Abanindranath Tagore in inaugurating the Bengal School of Art movement was the first prominent […]

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Reading Relics

Muntakim Haque writes on the significance of ancient ruins based on the lectures at Bengal Institute by Nisar Hossain, Shahnaj Husne Jahan and Michael Meister. One of the earliest civilisations to have existed was in the Indian Subcontinent. The stories of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa are usually part of any fundamental study of history. However, there […]

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Textures and Techniques in Monirul Islam’s Works

Maleeha Mazen Khan writes on the lectures by Monirul Islam at Bengal Institute “Art goes deeper than purchasing off-the-shelf consumer colour-tubes, and pouring them on ready-made canvases.” Monirul Islam goes the length of designing and producing his own papers, brushes, notebooks and even colours! Eminent artist Monirul Islam feels that life is a canvas, and artists […]

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নগর নবায়নের বয়ান

নতুন ও পুরোনর সংমিশ্রণে বসবাসযোগ‍্য আধুনিক ঢাকার পরিকল্পনা নিয়ে দৈনিক জনকন্ঠে প্রকাশিত কাজী খালিদ আশরাফের লেখা [প্রথম প্রকাশ: দৈনিক জনকন্ঠ ২৬ অক্টোবর ২০১৮] ঢাকা একটি উজ্জ্বল উদ্দীপনার শহর, প্রাণপ্রাচুর্যের জায়গা- তা সত্ত্বেও এমন কিছু ঘাটতি আছে যেগুলো প্রতিনিয়তই ঢাকাকে পৃথিবীর বাসযোগ্য শহরের তালিকায় একেবারে নিচের স্তরে রেখেছে। প্রথমটা হলো দেড় কোটি মানুষের বাসস্থানের জন্য অপ্রতুল […]

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Imagining a Future Bangladesh

In order to support planning initiatives in the country and help imagine the future landscape, Bengal Institute conducts studies at regional and urban scales with multidisciplinary teams of national and international experts. Tomorrow’s Bangladesh is already here. Achievements and progress in all fields—from manufacturing to cricket, and from architectural excellence to social indicators—open up new […]

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আগামীর সিলেট

বেঙ্গল ইনস্টিটিউটের নানান গবেষণামূলক কাজের মধ্যে ছোট শহর নিয়ে গবেষণা অন্যতম। ঢাকার বাইরের শহরগুলো কেমন, কি আছে বা নেই, কেন মানুষ শুধু ছুটে আসে রাজধানীর পানে, কি হলে ঐ শহরে বসবাস আরেকটু গোছানো হতো, এমনই হাজারো চিন্তা। এরই ধারাবাহিকতায় সিলেট সিটি কর্পোরেশনের আমন্ত্রণে শহরের গুরুত্বপূর্ণ এবং ঐতিহাসিক স্থান সমূহ পর্যবেক্ষণ করে একটি পরিকল্পনা প্রণয়ন করা […]

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