We’ve built you a better ArchDaily. Learn more and let us know what you think. Send us your feedback »

Infographic Charts Rise of Muzharul Islam, Father of Bengali Modernism

Maruf Raihan, founder of Bangladeshi graphic design firm Studio Biporit has created an infographic tracing the career of Muzharul Islam, widely recognized as the Master Architect of South Asian Modernism. The timeline begins with Islam's birth in Murshidabad in 1923, spanning from his first major project— the Central Library at the University of Dhaka, in 1953— to his last, the World Bank Office in Dhaka in 1987. Also documented are his numerous academic and architectural milestones, including extensive international publication and exhibition. Highly legible and amply illustrated, the infographic concludes with an entry noting Islam's death in 2012, at the age of 88. The full-sized graphic can be viewed here.

Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes, and Settlements Launches in Bangladesh

At the Bengal Foundation's conference, EngageDhaka 2015, ArchDaily learned of the newly launched Bengal Architecture and Design Institute.  With a focus on the pursuit of innovation in the lived environment with a focus on human interactions, the forum will enable open dialogue on improving our environments through the lens of architecture, landscape, and settlement for better livability. Bringing together local and international professionals and educators, the Institute will provide a series of lectures, discussions, workshops, and exhibitions to better understand the possibilities within these areas, especially when unified.

Bengal Foundation Breaks Ground on Contemporary Arts and Crafts Museum

The Bengal Foundation has begun work on its Contemporary Arts and Crafts Museum, Bangladesh's first private museum of its kind. The ambitious complex will house multi-media works from the organization's founder Abul Khair's private collection, pieces by local artists, a sculpture garden, and a boat museum to celebrate the various cultural arts of local residents. 

Learn more about the museum's design, after the break.

Film, photography, and architecture gallery. Image Courtesy of Bengal Foundation Courtesy of Bengal Foundation Cafe and seating area. Image Courtesy of Bengal Foundation View of the sculpture gallery from the art gallery. Image Courtesy of Bengal Foundation

Karim Residence / ARCHFIELD

  • Architects: ARCHFIELD
  • Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Structural Engineer: Md. Shamsul Alam
  • Area: 1834.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mahfuzul Hasan Rana

© Mahfuzul Hasan Rana © Mahfuzul Hasan Rana © Mahfuzul Hasan Rana © Mahfuzul Hasan Rana

DO NOT PUBLISH: John McAslan Selected to Design New Infrastructure System for Dhaka

John McAslan + Partners (JMP) has won an international competition to design 16 elevated stations and a depot for Dhaka’s 20 kilometer metro line. The $3 billion, three-phased project will connect Dhaka’s residential district in the north to the business center in the south. It is part of a wider urban plan to decentralize urban growth from the center to satellite communities.

All stations are planned to open by 2022 and will serve an anticipated 505,000 passengers per day by 2025. 

Another image of a proposed JMP-designed Dhaka metro station, after the break. 

South 5053 Apartments / Shatotto

  • Architects: Shatotto
  • Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Shatotto

Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto

Mamun Residence / Shatotto

  • Architects: Shatotto
  • Location: Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Shatotto

Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto

EHL Premium Condominiums / Kashef Chowdhury - URBANA

© Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet

Case Studies in Coastal Vulnerability: Boston, Seoul, Hamburg, Bangladesh & New York

This article originally appeared in the latest issue of ArchitectureBoston as “Troubled Waters.

The challenges of sea-level rise cross boundaries of all sorts: geographic, political, social, economic. Proposed mitigation strategies will also necessarily shift and overlap. Here, we present five case studies from across the globe that offer intriguing ways—some operational, some philosophical—to address the threats associated with climate change. Drawing on a research initiative focused on vulnerabilities in Boston, a team at Sasaki Associates developed these additional design-strategy icons to illustrate the layered approaches. They are adaptable, the better to meet the unique demands of each coastal community.

Hamburg. Photo by Fotofrizz – http://www.fotofrizz.de Seoul River. Photo by – http://www.flickr.com/photos/benjamin73fr/ Boston Harbor. Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/rodzvilla/ New York after Hurricane Sandy. Photo by André-Pierre du Plessis – http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrepierre/

Friendship Centre / Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/URBANA

  • Architects: Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/URBANA
  • Location: Gaibandha, Bangladesh
  • Team: Anup Kumar Basak, Sharif Jahir Hossain, Motiur Rahman, Amrul Hasan
  • Area: 2897.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Eric Chenal, Anup Basak, Kashef Chowdhury

© Anup Basak © Eric Chenal © Eric Chenal © Eric Chenal

Local Solutions: Floating Schools in Bangladesh

© Joseph A Ferris III
© Joseph A Ferris III

In Bangladesh, where rising sea levels are having profound effects on the landscape, one nonprofit organization called Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha run by architect Mohammed Rezwan is fighting back by adapting, a true quality of resilience.  Rising water levels and the tumultuous climate is displacing people by the thousands; a projected 20% of Bangladesh is expected to be covered in water within twenty years.  For a country that is one of the densest populated state on the planet, this figure has disastrous consequences for a population that has limited access to fresh water, food, and medicine.  In response to these conditions, Shidhulai has focused on providing education, training and care against the odds of climate change by adapting to the altered landscape:  moving schools and community centers onto the water – on boats.

South Water Carees / Shatotto

  • Architects: Shatotto
  • Location: 5 UN Road, Baridhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Shatotto

Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto

Cyclone Shelter / Lindsay Bremner and Jeremy Voorhees

The proposal for the international competition for a cyclone shelter in Bangladesh by Lindsay Bremner and Jeremy Voorhees is conceptualized as a boat-building, referencing two local typologies – the boat and the landing ghat. Located in Ranggabali, a small village in the Patuakhali Province, the building is half submerged in water in times of cyclone flooding while beached against a concrete ghat in dry seasons. Sheltering its occupants in the liminal zone between land and water, it makes place by transitioning from depth and section to surface and plan. More images and architects’ descriptions after the break.

“Shobuj Pata” (Green Leaf) Eco Community Development / JET, JCI, and Terraplan

penthouse view
penthouse view

JET Architecture was invited by JCI Architects along with Terraplan Landscape Architects, to joint venture in the design of the Green Leaf project. After winning the commission earlier in 2011, in December, the final negotiations were completed to enable the project to move forward quickly. The team will be working together, helping Bangladesh to design a sustainable community with an innovative green concept. Green Leaf is green landscape architecture and built form which takes full advantages of the local natural resources to create a hybrid habitable space combining architecture and nature. The concept is inspired by adopting current and green innovative technology to make the design construction economic and feasible. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Genesis Technology Group / Project-BD Architects

Genesis Technology Group / Project-BD Architects Genesis Technology Group / Project-BD Architects Genesis Technology Group / Project-BD Architects Genesis Technology Group / Project-BD Architects

AD Classics: National Assembly Building of Bangladesh / Louis Kahn

© Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons © Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons AD Classics: National Assembly Building of Bangladesh / Louis Kahn AD Classics: National Assembly Building of Bangladesh / Louis Kahn

Modernist architecture is traditionally understood to be utilitarian, sleek, and most of all without context, such that it can be placed in any context and still stay true to aesthetic principles and its functional requirements.  However, Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Building of Bangladesh in Dhaka is an extraordinary example of modern architecture being transcribed as a part of Bangali vernacular architecture.  The National Assembly building, completed in 1982, stands as one of Kahn’s most prominent works, but also as a symbolic monument to the government of Bangladesh.