Dhaka is hosting this year’s prestigious five-day annual forum of Asian architects, known as “Architects Regional Council Asia” (ARCASIA). The event kicks off today at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
The biggest of its kind, this year’s conference deliberates on the theme “Architecture in a Changing Landscape”, and marks ARCASIA’s golden jubilee.
Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB), one of the 21 ARCASIA members, is organising this year’s forum and the 40th council meeting, to be participated by all member country representatives.
Over 1,500 Asian architects from member countries are expected to take part in the forum.
A series of events that the conference comprises of are aimed at promoting exchanges among architects and sustainable architectural practices in Asian countries.
The events include IAB Build Expo, photography and green architecture exhibition, exhibition on architecture of Bangladesh at Manik Mia Avenue and at Shahid Tajuddin Ahmad Smriti Park in Gulshan, architecture award ceremony, heritage walk for foreign guests and cultural programmes.
According to Dr Abu Sayeed M Ahmed, convener of this year’s conference, the theme reflects innovative and appropriate architectural solutions to face the challenges posed by rapid urbanisation and climate change effects to both human and natural landscapes.
The conference intends to get closer to people and raise awareness on contributions of architecture to the society and overall development of the country, says IAB President Jalal Ahmed.
ARCASIA member countries include Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Macau, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Mongolia.
The council consists of all presidents of the national institutes.