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Departments / Bashundhara City context
« on: March 10, 2015, 11:17:25 AM »
The site of Bashundhara City lies in between 2 major transportation routes (Airport Road at its west and Mirpur Road on its east) which links Motijheel - the old CBD and the burgeoning Northern part. Location-wise Bashundhara City is in the central position with respect to the existing and projecting developments and has the potentiality to become the ultimate growth centre of this area and lessening the burden of pressure on the over congested areas. The B-City site serves all the prerequisites for an international level Shopping development ranging from the easy accessibility to strategic location of surrounding thriving commercial developments.
The site by the side of the Panthapath Road and SAARC Fountain Crossing for the proposed B-City is of great commercial importance. As with the commerce and manufacturing industry, the locational trend has been northwards of Dhaka with significant concentrations emerging in the Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel/Karwan bazaar area, Panthapath Link from Karwan Bazaar to Mirpur Road, Tejgaon and Banani-Gulshan. The site also has the potential to be linked or incorporated with many projected road network segments for development either by RHD or RajUK as proposed in the Dhaka Metropolitan Development Planning (DMDP) for 1995-2015. The proposed Eastern Bypass so extended would be capable of linking to the proposed Bashundhara City to its east through Panthapath Link.

Departments / Changing retail pattern
« on: March 10, 2015, 11:13:02 AM »
Cities are meant to be changes due to circumstances, culture, societies, politics and economy so as the commercial spaces. The retail shopping environments of Dhaka city evolved progressively over the time period. They have developed within a continuous growth process by the needs and aspiration of different retailer and consumer group. These changes are also evident in the internal layout of the shopping complex. Even within one shopping complex these changes occur to attract more consumers. The selected shopping mall for the study was said to be one of largest shopping mall in South Asia and had a huge/great impact on the retail activity pattern of the Dhaka city.Bashundhara City was designed to meet the recent trend of shopping complex in the developed world is expressed by endorsing “all-integrated facilities within one roof”. Over the period of the mall has been gone through various changes. This paper studies the socio-economic and spatial changes in/ changing pattern of retail activity in bashudhara City, Pathapath.

workshop on "oil color and water color" by Nidalia Islam and
lecture series "what I did next" by Amit Imtiaz

Organized by: Dept of architecture, DIU
It was a cheerful and colorful day for the department. The students participated a day-long hands on workshop on oil color and water color. The department head inaugurated the session with his welcome speech. In his speech the Head focused on the the necessity of using different artistic techniques in presentation. He also gave much importance on sketch in today's computer age presentation. He welcomed the instructor in the Department and thanked for her time.
The instructor is an architect and freelance artist (participated in group exhibition in Different galleries), shared with students about the techniques that can be used by the students to create different textures in painting. At first a short presentation showed students about basics of art. Then she formed groups among the students and guided them to start oil color painting procedures. This session was very interactive and they presented their works to the instructor.
The second session was again performed in group and this time the instructor showed the introduction to water color mainly the wash techniques. The best outcomes from the students were discussed.
The Lecture series is designed to be an ongoing event in the department. Today’s speaker was Imtiaz Ahmed , a 5th year student of CUET, who shared his struggle and experience as 1st batch student in a newly established department in a university. The Q/A session was elongated and spontaneous and participatory. Students questioned about different topics being a student in architecture department and the speaker answered in a very informal way.
So the sharing of ideas and experience is likely to have an impact in the students thought.

Faculty Forum / Primitive art
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:11:06 AM »
Primitive art
That the aesthetic sense is inherent in most people irrespective of their intellectual standing is clearly shown by a consideration of the art of primitive peoples.

The surviving examples of this prehistoric art of the Palaeolithic period fall into three geographical groups (Franco-Cantabrian, Eastern Spanish and North African), but the most famous cave drawings of animals at Altamira in Spain are the most important.

The representations (usually drawings on the walls of caves) show no attempt at perspectives: the purpose is rather to represent the most expressive aspect of each element in an object- the side view of the foot, for example, being combined in the front view of the eyes.

The art of these primitive peoples is not naturalistic.

Definite abandonment of detail. The details of natural forms are rejected or distorted  in order to suggest the prime significance of the object represented; for example, the body of a bull is elongated to suggest the act of leaping.

It is colored in flat washes differentiated (as between light and dark) in such a way as to emphasize the lines of movement in the animal’s body.

Faculty Forum / Re: দেশী ফলের সাতকাহন
« on: November 30, 2014, 12:38:03 PM »
Local or native trees also ensure bio-diversities. Nice post.

Thank you sir.

Thank you sir for reading. I am planning to do my M.Arch thesis on this topic.

The impact of playground spatial features on children’s play and social behavior
Spontaneous and unregulated play in neighborhood spaces, particularly in the cities, is increasingly becoming an activity of the past. Parents does not allow their children’s to the neighborhood fields/parks/ streets mainly because of traffic danger, bullying and stranger problem, thinking it is the best for their safety. Children are encouraged to participate in regulated play environments in their homes, friend's homes and commercial “play or recreation” facilities. This type of regulatory practice may help to “protect” children from being exposed to environmental hazards, but has long-term consequences for their social and emotional competence (Tranter and Pawson 2001). When neighborhoods are not supportive of children's needs, children are limited in their capacity to experience and explore their environments and engage in cognitive play and outdoor learning– behaviors that lead to environmental learning.
The school ground is one of the few places where children can interact with their peers in a natural, outdoor environment in an unregulated way. School grounds should be places where children engage in a range of play activities. Play should be fun, active, spontaneous, self-initiated, challenging and linked closely with learning and development. The school ground is the “stage” where children act out, spontaneously and freely, the events that touch their lives.
Due to the shortage of open space in our country utilizing these school ground to its full extent should be prioritized. Research has revealed the way in which children can learn especially through play is strongly influenced by the spatial features of play grounds (Magdalena Czalczynska- Podolska, 2014). In our country school playground are considered as a place of play only, their informal influence in the development of quality education is not considered. The play and social potential of a playground, can influence the children’s quality of education. School grounds have potential as a rich resource for formal learning; they are also outdoor classrooms that can be explored by children outside classroom time. As well as these obvious connections with the outdoor environment, a diverse and well-designed play environment provides an opportunity to develop important lessons on cooperation, ownership, belonging, respect and responsibility. Various school ground should be surveyed focusing on behavioral mapping, interview, analysis of children’s drawing and analyzing what features contribute to the specific activities. Feedback from both children and authorities should be taken to have their ideas on school ground use. This study will contribute in the future playground planning, design and modifying existing playground by providing the feature this research finds out.

On June 16,2014 me along with my design team members shared our competition win entry ''Architectural design competition of Multi-storied Green Office Building for RAJUK at Mohakhali, Dhaka’’ organized by IAB (Institute of Architects Bangladesh) with NSU faculty members and students. The design team members are Ar. S.A. Sufian Kushol (lecturer,BUET), Ar. Tasneem Tariq(lecturer,BUET), Ar. Tahajibul Hossain (lecturer,BUET)and Ar. Nahid Iqbal.Out of 45 submission our projects was awarded first by the juror. The project focuses on green and sustainable features to reduce energy consumption in office building. 

The session was very interactive. We presented our ideas on the process of this building design. The project background, green design approach, design features are presented through projection screen. After the presentation both the faculty members and students asked many questions on green building approach, features and highrise design strategy and we answered their questions. We hope to share our ideas in BRAC University very soon.

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