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Faculty Forum / Smart Village
« on: March 31, 2019, 11:38:06 AM »
In the manifesto of the winning party of the 2018 election, there is an important vision of proving
facilities of cities in the village. After the election, we have heard from a different cabinet minister
‘Turn the village into a city’. This can be a catchy term but needs special consideration indeed.
Development needs construction and construction makes a profit. But we have seen the fate of our
cities. So the manifesto is very clear that the facilities need to be provided in the village. This needs
a proper planning of what to be done, in what way, using what material and so on. The objective
of this research is to work on a selected village and turn it into a smart one, not turning it into a

Faculty Forum / Survey topics_Sky Walk
« on: March 31, 2019, 11:22:56 AM »
This studio project will be a group project. Students will have to form groups, each will comprise of three members for study and design. The outcome of the project will include the design of a skywalk after proper survey and analysis of the area. Existing proposals within the area will have to be taken into consideration. Finally, the design should have an essence of the surroundings of the area, which may create an identity of the locality.

SURVEY TOPICS: Survey is conducted based on the following topics


Faculty Forum / GRANT ROAD SKYWALK Mumbai, India
« on: March 31, 2019, 11:20:37 AM »
cable-stayed skywalk
Completion: 2014
Oval-shaped structure is supported by 16 cables suspended from a central tower 
3 escalators for better accessibility
580 meters length
Client: Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC)

"In this narrow world, the building does not always have to be on the ground, building it can be on the road, building it can be underground. This is an example we create when the land does not allow us to do the skywalk,“
  -- Ridwan Kamil, Mayor, Bandung
Project completion: 2017
skywalk in Cihampelas shopping destination
450m/  long, road width of 9m/ 29.5 ft and height 4.6m/ 15 ft
to manage the huge number of street vendors in the Cihampelas area
construction materials: H-Beam and concrete type steel on the floor, granite and wood pedestal
Facilities: public toilets, mosques, information posts, souvenir shop, culinary attractions

Faculty Forum / ONE SIAM SKY WALK Bangkok, Thailand
« on: March 31, 2019, 11:18:24 AM »

pedestrian walkway at the Pathumwan intersection
Area: 3,000 square metres
Interlinks Siam Discovery, Siam Square, MBK, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and the National Stadium
Inspiration from lotus pond
large open serves as the center of the program
user-friendly space accessible by the elderly or disabled individuals
large public area and art space 
carpeted with green, non-slip rubber tiles, water-resistant, durable, easy to

Faculty Forum / Skywalk
« on: March 31, 2019, 11:17:57 AM »
A  skywalk, sky bridge, or skyway is a type of pedway which consists of an enclosed, covered, semi-covered or sometimes open footbridge between two or more buildings in an urban area. This protects pedestrians from the weather as it creates circulation of pedestrian above the road level. In Asia, Skywalks are owned separately by the city government, connecting between privately run rail stations or other transport with their own footbridges, and run many kilometers. Skywalks are designed in variety of spaces which may include shopping mall, university campus, business areas etc. and may provide a range of facilities and services other than walking.

Faculty Forum / Smart City_Skywalk
« on: March 31, 2019, 11:17:25 AM »
Walking is a major mode of transportation in a developing country like Bangladesh. In urban areas, people should be able to walk with reasonable comfort and safety, as walking is an essential part of a wide variety of activities. People tend to walk from home to the nearest places by means of walkways. They gather wherever they need to take a break or even to change the manner of transportation like bus stands. However there is a negligence towards study of local activities, pedestrian behavior, transportation facilities, flow characteristics, future provisions etc. The lack of concern in this sector has led to complications in the traffic system and pedestrian movement in Dhaka city. Due to inadequate facilities, there exists conflict between pedestrian and motor vehicles in sharing the limited space of the road, which in return results in pedestrian being involved or being the cause of most of the road accidents. Segregating the pedestrian movement from the vehicular in order to reduce the amount of disorder lying within many areas of Dhaka city. In order to revitalize the spaces and utilize it, design of skywalk could separate the pedestrians from the vehicular movement in heavy traffic regions and also add to an overall experience to the people of Dhaka city. This will not only revitalize the area but also create an identity for the futuristic smart city.

Share Your Recent Achievements / Student project Exhibition
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:27:51 AM »
Student project Exhibition on “Urban Mobility: Design for Pedestrian”

Departments / Water logging Dhaka
« on: August 23, 2017, 10:06:32 AM »
Recent water logging in Dhaka City has shown us the negative effect of not considering water as a important and fundamental element in the planning process. DAP (2005-2015), Dhaka structure plan (2016-2035) put some objectives,policies,implementation tools etc regarding a better Dhaka, which is rarely followed. Some steps from Govt. give us hope (Hazaribag Tannery shift, Central Jail shift etc.) but always the steps are taken around 15-20 years later of its desired time. Some drastic changes are required for the betterment of the city- revive all canals, water body, circular waterway, wide pedestrian walkway around the city, planned public transport etc.

We should question

Departments / Research work outside DIU
« on: August 22, 2017, 04:33:46 PM »
Six students of Level-3 term-2,Level-4 term-1 & Level-4 term-2 from our Architecture department are working on a project with Architect "Masud Shammo" and Architect "Farhana Rasid Tonu". The project is about the development of 'Public Toilet' around new market area. Our students are working as volunteers. Further they are surveying the total public toilets of new market area and also collect important data.

Departments / Urban Design Studio work
« on: August 22, 2017, 04:32:23 PM »
Project name: Integration_of_riverfront_with_new_city:Taking advantage of Shifted Dhaka Central Jail

The Dhaka Central Jail has been shifted to Keraniganj, leaving behind a vast open space of historic importance. For the People of old dhaka this shift offered a vast scope of developing designed open space and necessary public facilities. Using this scope, there is also a potential of connecting the riverfront of Buriganga with the New city. This integration can be done in many ways. In the conjested situation of Old dhaka, development model of some other cities will not work. Academy should come forward to propose some creative solution. The project is given to Level 4 Term 1 students as a challenge to design their city connecting past to move for future. The first phase was survey presentation. From GIS map and field survey students gathered information on three headlines: Landuse , Traffic and transport analysis, Open space and amenities. This survey was done extensively by systematic observation, interview and data analysis. They will study successful urban design and then propose design solution for the project. Detail and innovative solution for designing in the Historic yet organic context of Old dhaka is an important point to be considered.

Departments / Being Local?
« on: August 22, 2017, 04:29:19 PM »
A person asked to Bibi Russel 'I have a dream working with handloom, jamdani, local clothing etc, but how shall I convince my friends to wear our local clothing?it seems they don't like it'.
Her answer was 'what are you wearing! As a student you need to work and make frequent move, you can wear jeans and fotua/shirt, look! What you have dressed!A gown,that is a party dress and not at all local'
So question yourself first.

Departments / Meeting Experts for Class Project-1
« on: August 22, 2017, 04:28:39 PM »
Level 4 Term 1 students went to have insight of heritage of Old Dhaka from respected Achitect Taimur Islam in his studio. The challenge and prospects of working in Old Dhaka was discussed. Such a knowledgeable person giving his insight is an important part of design studio culture. We hope this type of sessions will help them to understand better about the context.

Departments / Meeting Experts for Class Project
« on: August 22, 2017, 04:26:57 PM »
The director of UDD(Urban Development Directorate) Dr. Jabin Hossain Toufiq sharing his insight on Urban Development Strategies in the context of Old Dhaka. This type of sharing is a part of Design Studio Work of Level 4 Term 1 in their Urban Design Project at DIU.

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