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

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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.

Karim Residence / ARCHFIELD

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

South 5053 Apartments / Shatotto

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Architects: Shatotto
Location: , Bangladesh
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Shatotto

EHL Premium Condominiums / Kashef Chowdhury – URBANA

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Architects: Kashef Chowdhury
Location: ,
Area: 4536.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hélène Binet

South Water Carees / Shatotto

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Architects: Shatotto
Location: Baridhara, Dhaka,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 17,124 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Shatotto

S.A Residence / Shatotto

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Architects: Shatotto
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 20,667 sq ft
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

Genesis Technology Group / Project-BD Architects

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Architects: Project-BD Architects
Location: Dhaka-1000,
Project area: 3,800 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Azrin Alom, Bashirul Mughni

AD Classics: National Assembly Building of Bangladesh / Louis Kahn

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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, ’s National Assembly Building of 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 .