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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.

Departments / Tourism in cox'sbazar
« on: July 10, 2017, 01:45:16 PM »
Bangladesh has unique character to be developed as a tourist country. The country with its numerous rivers, largest sea beach in the world, largest mangrove forest in the world, many ancient structures, hills and mountains, vibrant city life etc. attracts tourist all over the world. Government is also trying to facilitate tourism more. rooms, dining area, kitchen. Swimming pool and other required facilities needs to be ensured. The sea view is always a challenging feature in design. Privacy and security needs to be maintained.

The year 2016 has been declared as the year of tourism with  view to attract tourist more. The mostly visited tourist destination is Cox's bazaar. It has sea, mountains, tribal villages, natural falls, ancient religious structures etc which attract tourist all the year round. Many hotels have been built and more are on the way. In peak season it is difficult to find rooms due to insufficient facilities. Govt. has already acquired land for tourist zone- Sabrang at Inani. Internationalization of the airport and connecting railway is also under construction.
Cox's Bazaar has climatic features that affects the design of hotel. The tidal surge, wind speed, dust from the beach etc. influence the design.
For tourism, standard facilities and services is the most priority.

Faculty Forum / FORM
« on: April 03, 2017, 05:13:34 PM »
Why restricting any function in a box, neglecting the essence of the function. Can a function itself inspire architects to design in a different way. Students of 3-1 worked on this. See their work

Faculty Forum / Daffodil Tower 3rd floor design perspective
« on: April 03, 2017, 05:05:43 PM »
The design is done in a very minimal yet sober approach for an academic institution. I have attached image of ceiling sample for better understanding. The wall surface will be used for branding and departmental notice board purpose.Yellow acrylic baord used in some vertical wall as a contrast to the overall white atmosphere of the space. The raised platform will be covered with grass like carpet that has already been used in lower floor admission office

« on: April 03, 2017, 05:02:22 PM »
Three students and me worked in this project, it was a nice experience.
Design Idea: The ground floor is kept maximum open space so that anytime it can be used as exhibition space. Only seating with a vertical surface near escalator is provided. The students surveyed the floors extensively and found out very poorly lighted space in the floors. So they have provided an exciting as well as well lit interior solution. The design initiated from hexagonal pattern that can have triangle shape too. This pattern manipulated in a different way to create ceiling and vertical surface. The first floor indoor games area need a screen in the atrium side as Table tennis ball frequently falls in the atrium lobby. This screen will also be used a branding wall. The other floors are also designed in a minimal but functional way. The triangle become container of paper/magazine in the wall surface where necessary

Faculty Forum / Social unrest
« on: April 25, 2016, 10:02:52 AM »
Recent horrible incidents of child abuse or child killing make every morning very sad and every night very traumatic. Parents who have child, can't sleep well and working women are always in a worry, is her child is ok! I have talked to several parents (around 20) who find themselves very helpless and have restricted their children's movement. They don't allow their children to go any place with their friend as the outside is full of human like beast. This social unrest affects the way we expect our children to be nurtured.
So we observe very little amount of children's in park, field and lake. It's obvious they have little facility for them in these urban open spaces but its also because this places are overcrowded with teenagers and adults. Huge traffic flow in cities are also a threat to children's free movement. So in designing cities, children's space need to be carefully designed.

Faculty Forum / Way to look at students
« on: April 25, 2016, 09:50:02 AM »
Being a teacher I feel myself very responsible person. This responsibility in a brief is towards any student and in a broader sense towards the society. When I look at students eye, I see the thirst for learning but it depends on me whether I make it very easy and understandable to them. As they will be in profession, so I always relate the subject topics with professional experience. Hence I need to work in a part-time job, not only for gaining experience for myself but also for the students. This two thing- academic quality enhancement and professional involvement thus create huge pressure for me, to make a lecture. So in lecture plan I always focus on their engagement. When they are engaged in any assignment or presentation, they learn something. I also prefer group study. I frequently take them to site visit ( as my class size is small), I share different projects to them. So I prepare myself to be a teacher, who focus on students capability and at the same time their quality enhancement. Sometimes I don't complete my lecture plan fully, as I find there is a lack in students understanding. How can I move forward to lecture-2 if there is a problem in lecture-1. So teaching is all about understanding your students, in my opinion. So I feel when we look at students, how much I shall expect depends on how much I shall give time also.

Departments / Royal Gold Medal for Zaha Hadid was "totally overdue''
« on: April 10, 2016, 11:40:37 AM »
The Royal Institute of British Architects has acted "to right a 180-year wrong" by giving its highest honour to a woman, the body's president has said.

Jane Duncan made the remark in a speech at a ceremony at RIBA headquarters in London last night, where architect Zaha Hadid became the first woman ever to win the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in her own right.

"Speaking as only the third woman president of the RIBA I find it amazing that it has taken until 2016 to elect the first female Royal Gold Medallist," Duncan told guests at a dinner in honour of Hadid.

"To right a 180-year wrong we elected a woman whom I have admired since my student days, visiting the AA [the architecture school where Hadid studied and taught] from the Bartlett up the road."

Departments / Architecture for Physically Challenged Person
« on: April 10, 2016, 11:38:12 AM »
On April 07 Lecture on "Architecture for Physically Challenged Person" conducted by Ar. Ahmed Firoj Robin and Ar. Ahmed Yousuf took place in Department of Architecture. The speakers discussed what issues should be considered while designing for them. Students asked various questions as this is a new topic for them. The lecture session ended by the speech of Department Head and crest distribution among guests.

Departments / LEED pre-certified project visit
« on: April 10, 2016, 11:19:31 AM »
On April 07, 2016 the students of Department of Architecture, Daffodil International University visited the LEED Platinum pre-certified green building ‘Simple tree Anarkali’ at Gulshan Avenue designed by renowned architect Muhammad Fayez Ullah, MD, Volume Zero architects.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is basically a third-party certification program. It is a nationally accepted organization for design, operation and construction of high performance green buildings. Designing Green commercial office building is the recent trend in Bangladesh. In academy it is also expected that students will incorporate green design issues in their projects.
Ar. Mukimul Islam from Volume Zero architects described the design aspects to the students. Students asked different questions and visited the whole compound.

Departments / Exhibition on Famine, Zainul Abedin
« on: November 23, 2015, 02:53:11 PM »
•Zainul Abedin created his famine painting set, which were exhibited in 1944. The miserable situation of the starving people during the great famine of Bengal in 1943 touched his sensitive heart very deeply.
•What he did was not just documented the famine, but in his sketches the famine showed its sinister face through the skeletal figures of people fated to die of starvation in a man-made difficulty.
•The artist depicted this inhuman story with very human emotions. This drawings became iconic images of human suffering.
•This particular brand of realism combines social inquiry and the protest with higher aesthetics.

« on: September 14, 2015, 10:34:49 AM »
Visual art includes all the fine arts (drawing,painting,sculpture,printmaking etc.) as well as new media and contemporary forms of expression such as Assemblage,Collage,Conceptual,Installation and Performance art,as well as Photography and film-based forms like Video Art and Animation,or any combination thereof.
•Classification of visual arts can be divided in two ways:
1.Based on content or theme-
i.Abstract art
ii.Art with content
iii.Art without content
iv.Humanistic art
2. In general-
i.Fine art
ii.Design discipline

Faculty Forum / ELEMENTS OF ART
« on: September 14, 2015, 10:20:41 AM »
Elements of art are the basic properties of a work of art that may be perceived through the senses. In a painting, for instance, the properties that may be perceived through our senses
1.Rhythm of line
3.Massing of forms
5.Light and shade (tone/value)
This is in most cases the order of their priority, not in absolute importance.
•A form must be defined by an outline, and this outline, unless it is to be lifeless, must have a rhythm of its own
•The massing of forms, space, light and shade should be considered in close relation
•Mass is solid space, light and shade are the effects of mass in relation to space
•Space is merely the inverse of mass

Student's project / Nature of study
« on: September 08, 2015, 03:06:48 PM »
The nature of study in the Department of Architecture is different from other departments. The practical classes are project oriented. A project is introduced with specific focus/ objectives. Students work and consult with the teachers, they analyze by sketching, making model etc. The lateral learning from senior batch is very important so they are encouraged to discuss with others. In this process they develop their critical thinking power.

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