Mon 12 Apr - Fri 9 Jul' 21
A collaborative studio of Bengal Institute with Global Housing Studio of TU Delft
We are delighted to announce that Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements is organising a semester-long joint studio program in Spring 2021 with Global Housing Studio of Delft University of Technology, based in the Netherlands (also known as TU Delft, and ranked No 3 in QS World Universities Ranking).
Bengal Institute is introducing this new program with the opportunity for professionals and academics to interact and learn from renowned architects, scholars and thought-leaders through intense studio activities, discussions and lectures on housing and urban environments.
The program includes a design studio focusing on hydrological housing and lectures on urban design and housing, with an exchange of faculty members. Classes will run 3 days per week, with studio hours aligned with the timing of TU Delft so that online interactions can take place.
For students at TU, Delft, the ‘Dhaka: Hydro-logical Housing Studio’ follows the MSc Global Housing studio that challenges participants to engage with pressing dwelling and urban issues in cities experiencing rapid urbanization, as well as with the increasing cross-cultural character of contemporary architectural practice. The Urban Design and Housing Studio of Bengal Institute for Architecture Landscapes and Settlements is a masters level certificate program designed to focus on the challenges of housing in Bangladesh addressing multiple levels: urban systems, housing morphology, hydrology and topography, economic groups, urban development, and building technology. With the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, as focus, the studio challenges will include:
(1) issues of dwelling and housing in cities experiencing rapid urbanization,
(2) issues of urbanization and development in hydrological and vulnerable landscapes, and understanding how housing is also a geographical fact, and
(3) a comparative understanding of Dutch and Bangladeshi settlement and landscape practices.
There will also be opportunities for Bangladeshi students to travel to Delft, Netherlands, as well as for TU Delft students to visit Dhaka, to work on academic projects as well as visit exemplary works and sites—depending on the ease of the global pandemic restrictions. The studio program will be directed by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf and Marina Tabassum at Bengal Institute, and Dirk van Gameren at TU Delft. Dirk van Gameren is the dean of architecture at TU Delft and heads the renowned office of Mecanoo Architects.
Considering the cross-cultural nature of international practices and pragmatics of working on specific sites for Dhaka, students of TU Delft will work in close collaboration with participants of Bengal Institute. They will form groups to exchange ideas, information and share knowledge of the studio and programs.
Kazi Khaleed Ashraf
Dirk van Gameren
Critics and Special Guests:
Other special faculties, prominent professionals in the field of urban design, housing and architecture may also be invited for seminars and workshops in both Dhaka and Delft.
Studio Theme and Focus:
Studio studies will combine comparative studies of Dhaka and cities in the Netherlands.
Spring 2021 Studio Schedule:
Project introduction and site visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh: 18th to 22nd April, 2021
Premise: Bengal Institute Design Studio, Banani, Dhaka.
TU Delft Studio will travel to Dhaka (depending on the travel related instructions by the government of both countries).
Studio meet and first design review: 10th to 14th May, 2021
Premise: TU Delft campus, Delft.
Bengal Institute participants will travel to Delft (depending on the travel related instructions by the government of both countries).
Midterm review: 24th to 28th May, 2021
Premise: TU Delft and Bengal Institute (students in their respective studios. Professors and invited critics will join online).
Final review: 5th to 9th July
Premise: TU Delft and Bengal Institute (students in their respective studios).
Studio timing: 13:00 to 16:00 hrs, 3 days a week
Time schedule for lectures/seminars TBA.
Students from TU Delft will participate online, while participants of Bengal Institute will attend classes at the Institute.
Total number of participants from BI for the Joint Studio Program: 15 (maximum)
For Bangladeshi Citizens
*Subject to minor changes.
৳8,000 Registration and administration fees
৳20,000 Monthly instalments
Total: ৳68,000 BDT, payable online.
The subscription charge includes: Tuition, all activities in Dhaka and nearby areas, and refreshments. It does not include any intercity or international travel expenses.
Discount: The amount is already highly subsidised. We may not be able to provide any discount. There may be some special discounts for alumni and associates of Bengal Institute.
Kazi Khaleed Ashraf
Director General, Bengal Institute
Architect, Professor, Urbanist, Architectural Historian, Director-General, Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements.
Director, Academic Program, Bengal Institute
Marina Tabassum is an architect, winner of Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016 and Principal of MTA.
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