Sat 30 Jan - Thu 25 Feb' 16
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.
A new generative theory of the “tropics” is needed to address its political, architectural, urban, botanical and health connotations. Beyond the image of a lush and exuberant landscape, the tropics is a geographic concept that needs a new measure for engagements.
The February Session focused on all of these elements. We had Soumitro Ghosh with us, he is a prominent Indian architect based in Bangalore with some award winning projects under his belt. He was followed by, Iliona Khalili, the master of alternative building methods and materials, who is carrying forward the mission of sustainable building techniques some of which were started by Nader Khalili. Our participants had the experience of working with her hands-on in a week long design-build workshop on making earth-based domes and emergency earthbag shelters. We had Professor Philip Goad, who is an authority figure on Australian architecture and tropical modernity. Professor Goad took the Session beyond South Asia, and connected the dots of the tropics of both North and South with discussions from Latin America, Africa, Australia and South and Southeast Asia. It gave us an overall picture and understanding of how architects all over the world innovatively addressed the issues of tropicality in their designs, with the insights for what we can do in the future.
Kazi Khaleed Ashraf
Director General, Bengal Institute
Architect, Professor, Urbanist, Architectural Historian, Director-General, Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements.
Principal Architect, Shatotto
Rafiq Azam is the principal architect of Shattoto, an architecture firm based in Dhaka with a focus on “architecture for green living”...
Philip James Goad
Philip Goad is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and director of the Melbourne School of Design...
Soumitro Ghosh, based in Bangalore, is emerging as one of the most influential architects in contemporary India. His practice of Mathew & Ghosh Architects has won many acclaims and awards...
Iliona Khalili is an architect specialising in eco-friendly constructions, who focuses on sustainability...
1 Mar - 8 Mar '20
A Workshop in Nilphamari: Exploring Strategies for Future Physical Development
The 4th issue of Bengal Institute's newsletter-magazine, originally published in Fall 2019