Opinion

March 10, 2020
March 10, 2020

Who is really responsible for the coronavirus pandemic?

As the novel coronavirus known as Covid-19 spreads rapidly across the world, we now face another dimension of the “globalisation and its discontents” argument.

January 26, 2020
January 26, 2020

Why BRAC should transform its experience into knowledge

I first met Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in 2012 at an invitation-only meeting in Washington, DC.

January 2, 2020
January 2, 2020

What makes a city inspiring?

As part of a class assignment last semester a group of architecture students asked me a question: what makes a city inspiring?

December 6, 2019
December 6, 2019

A tribute to Rabiul Husain: Our beloved poet-architect

If you are passing by Farmgate, you are most likely to notice a boxy brick building at the intersection of Airport Road and Khamar Bari Road.

November 6, 2019
November 6, 2019

Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn visit Dhaka

At a public place in the afterlife, Louis Kahn ran into Le Corbusier. The Franco-Swiss architect was pleased to see the esoteric architect/guru from Philadelphia.

October 30, 2019
October 30, 2019

The democracy of public squares

I have long wondered why cities in Bangladesh don’t have vibrant, dedicated public places or squares, in the sense of Taksim Square in Istanbul, Trafalgar Square in London,

September 30, 2019
September 30, 2019

Why not a national footpath policy?

Population density in cities like Dhaka and Chattogram is daunting.

September 3, 2019
September 3, 2019

Will the metro rail solve Dhaka’s traffic apocalypse?

Hope is high that when Metro Rail Transit (MRT) finally arrives in Dhaka, the capital city’s legendary traffic congestion will ease off. Near Bijoy Sarani or in Mirpur or other places, where the...

July 16, 2019
July 16, 2019

Bolai, Avatar, and our environment

The other day I was going from Chattogram to my ancestral village in the Chandanish upazila, located about 40km southeast from the city centre. As soon as I crossed the Karnafuli River a common...

June 25, 2019
June 25, 2019

The calculus of heritage preservation

The clandestine demolition of Jahaj Bari in Old Dhaka on the night of Eid-ul-Fitr reveals the precarious state of historic preservation in Bangladesh.