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A Closer Look at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winners

06:30 - 19 September, 2019
A Closer Look at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winners, Rehabilitation of Muharraq, Bahrain. Image © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Cemal Emden
Rehabilitation of Muharraq, Bahrain. Image © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Cemal Emden

On the 13th of September 2019, the six winning projects of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) were honored at a ceremony held at the Kazan’s Musa Jalil State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. After the ceremony, ArchDaily managed to get exclusive comments from all the awarded teams and from the director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Farrokh Derakhshani. Read on to discover what they had to say about this cycle of prizes.

Beyond Refugee Housing: 5 Examples of Social Infrastructure for Displaced People

07:30 - 20 June, 2019
Beyond Refugee Housing: 5 Examples of Social Infrastructure for Displaced People, Playgrounds for Refugee Children in Bar Elias, Lebanon. Image © CatalyticAction
Playgrounds for Refugee Children in Bar Elias, Lebanon. Image © CatalyticAction

Throughout human history, the movement of populations–in search of food, shelter, or better economic opportunities–has been the norm rather than the exception. Today, however, the world is witnessing unprecedented levels of displacement. The United Nations reports that 68.5 million people are currently displaced from their homes; this includes nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of eighteen. With conflicts raging on in countries like Syria and Myanmar, and climate change set to lead to increased sea levels and crop failures, the crisis is increasingly being recognised as one of the foundational challenges of the twenty-first century.

Hout Exploits Passive Techniques for Bangladesh Office Building

11:00 - 17 June, 2019
Hout Exploits Passive Techniques for Bangladesh Office Building, Courtesy of Hout Architecture
Courtesy of Hout Architecture

Hout Architecture has released details of their BERC Headquarters in Dhaka, which received an honorable mention in an international competition for the design of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission head office. Located in the center of the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area, orientated along an east-west direction, the program connects to the National Parliament House, designed by Louis Kahn.

Hélène Binet Captures Kashef Chowdhury's Aga-Khan-Winning Friendship Centre in Bangladesh

09:30 - 11 November, 2017
Hélène Binet Captures Kashef Chowdhury's Aga-Khan-Winning Friendship Centre in Bangladesh, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

Simplicity is the intent, monastic is the feel.
– Kashef Chowdhury

Infographic Charts Rise of Muzharul Islam, Father of Bengali Modernism

06:00 - 29 March, 2015
Infographic Charts Rise of Muzharul Islam, Father of Bengali Modernism, Courtesy of Maruf Raihan
Courtesy of Maruf Raihan

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

06:00 - 25 March, 2015
Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes, and Settlements Launches in Bangladesh , Courtesy of Bengal Foundation
Courtesy of Bengal Foundation

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.

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

00:00 - 29 October, 2014
DO NOT PUBLISH: John McAslan Selected to Design New Infrastructure System for Dhaka, Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners
Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners

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.

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

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
Case Studies in Coastal Vulnerability: Boston, Seoul, Hamburg, Bangladesh & New York, Water floods the Plaza Shops in Manhattan after Superstorm Sandy, 2012. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images.
Water floods the Plaza Shops in Manhattan after Superstorm Sandy, 2012. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images.

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

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