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Architecture in the Landscape in Bangladesh

Organised as a three-week-long program, the objective of the September session was to better understand the relationship between architecture and landscape with particular attention to practices in Bangladesh. Jalal Ahmad, Salauddin Ahmed, Rafiq Azam, Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Iqbal Habib, Saif Ul Haque, Khondaker Hasibul Kabir, Nahas Khalil, Ehsan Khan and Marina Tabassum were part of […]

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Footprints

Kerry Hill kindly shared this write up on his 2016 Utzon Lecture with us. Soon after receiving this article, we learned the sad news of his death on August 26, 2018.  ————————————————————————————————————— An Australian but based in Singapore, Kerry Hill designed

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Early European Settlers of Dhaka

Dhrubo Alam writes about the early European immigrants who settled in Dhaka. Portuguese Immigrants Technically, the Portuguese were not only the first Europeans to arrive in Bengal but also in Dhaka. Already infamous for their piracy and other adventures on the coastal areas, Sundarbans, and along the big rivers, the Portuguese invoke various narratives in […]

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সবুজের অন্বেষণে

শহর ও তার সাথে গাছপালার সম্পর্ক এবং এর রূপায়ণে দ্বিজেন শর্মার প্রভাব নিয়ে লিখেছেন ফাতিহা পলিন একদিন আমি আর আমার ছোট্ট মেয়ে পথে বেরিয়েছি, মিরপুর থেকে বনানী ডি. ও. এইচ. এস. যাবো। তখনো ঢাকায় উবার আসেনি। অতএব সিএনজিই ভরসা। গরমে, শব্দে, ধুলায় অতিষ্ঠ; মাস্ক পরিয়েও লাভ হয় না, বারেবারে খুলে ফেলতে চায়। সনির মোড়ে এসে […]

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Thinking Density Differently

Mohammad Tauheed defends the densification of cities and explores its benefits while also questioning the narratives opposing it. What if density is not the evil it is often cited to be? Cities by their very nature are the epitome of human interactions and innovations; and in doing so, they have made a remarkable contribution to […]

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You Think You Know What Art Is?

Muntakim Haque writes on the role and perception of Art based on the lectures at Bengal Institute by Nisar Hossain, Monirul Islam, Wakilur Rahman and Sajjad Sharif. Whenever the question of what art is crosses one’s mind, it will invariably be swarmed with conflicting if not contradictory answers. If one were to look at the ancient Greeks’ […]

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