Director General, Bengal Institute
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Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Director-General of BI, is an architect, urbanist, and architectural historian. He has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Pratt Institute in the USA. He is the author of numerous publications including The Hermit’s Hut: Architecture and Asceticism in India (2012), An Architect in Bangladesh: Conversations with Muzharul Islam (2014) and Designing Dhaka: A Manifesto for a Better City (2012). His essays and articles have appeared in the Architectural Review, Architectural Design, Topos, Economic and Political Weekly, and other periodicals. He is the editor of the new series Locations: Anthology of Architecture and Urbanism.
The tropical climate is unique in its own diverse way and it has a direct impact on the design of our built environment; thus ‘tropics’ as a topic is in the discussion of design, architecture and situated place making ever since the modernism and beyond.
The scope of architecture now encompasses more than just creating buildings. In its extended sense, architecture now involves the design of towns and cities, the rearrangement of landscapes, and the provision of well-being of communities.
The Second Bengal Architecture Symposium was organised by Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements and Bengal Foundation to honour the works and philosophy of two renowned architects, Balkrishna Doshi and Juhani Pallasmaa.
‘স্মার্টসিটি ক্যাম্পেইন' এর জন্য ধারণকৃত কাজী খালিদ আশরাফ এর মূলানুগ বক্তব্য; এখানে তিনি আধুনিক শহর এবং এর আনুষাঙ্গিক ধারণা, সেই সাথে ঢাকা এবং বাংলাদেশের অন্যান্য শহরের বর্তমান ও ভবিষ্যৎ নিয়ে আলোকপাত করেছেন।