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Spring 2016 Course Description

Spring 2016 Sequence



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.

Soumitro Ghosh, architect, Bangalore

Philip Goad, professor, University of Melbourne

Dwijen Sharma, botanist, Dhaka

Alayne Adams, social scientist, ICDDRB

Tarshito (Nicola Strippoli), Artist/Architect, Italy/India (Special Lecture)

Iliona Outram Khalili, Architect, London


Theme: “Place/Form” brings up the question of a new environmental, organizational and sociological ethics in the practice of design. Moving focus beyond product-form, place-form brings attention to a renewed understanding of site, design of landscapes, and relationship between building and land. Such an understanding of place-form is critical for a new imagination of product-form.

March will be very special. Packed with the presence of renowned architects, academics and critics, the theme of “Place/Form” will be addressed through design workshops, seminars and talks. With Bengal Institute organizing an International Architecture Symposium in March, participants will be able to attend both regular events at the Symposium and special program at the Institute. Faculties for March include Peter Stutchbury (Australia), Alberto Kalach (Mexico), Neelkanth Chhaya (India), Peter Buchanan (UK), Suha Ozkan (Turkey), Niklaus Graber (Switzerland), Timmy Zamir Aziz (USA), Syed Manzoorul Islam (Bangladesh), and others.

Peter Stutchbury, architect, Sydney

Alberto Kalach, architect, Mexico City

Neelkanth Chhaya, architect, professor, Ahmedabad

Peter Buchanan, architect, London

Timmy Zamir Aziz, professor, MICA

Niklaus Graber, Switzerland

Suha Ozkan, architect, Istanbul

Syed Manzoorul Islam, professor, Dhaka University

Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, architect and urbanist, BI



The movement from house to housing raises increasingly complex questions about the morphology and arrangement of social and spatial organization. In thinking about settlement patterns, the process also indicates shifting scales, typological complexity, and network systems. The theme of “House, Cluster, Matrix” will address the range of rural and urban housing forms through the dynamic practices of Steiger and Graber from Switzerland, WOHA Architects from Singapore, and special engagement with Nahas Khalil and K. Ashraf, Dhaka, along with lectures by Jalal Ahmed, Khandaker Hasibul Kabir, and others.

Niklaus Graber, architect, Luzern

Christoph Steiger, architect, Luzern

Saif ul Haque, architect, Dhaka

Wong Mun Summ, WOHA Architects, Singapore

Abed Chaudhury, agricultural scientist and educator, Australia/Bangladesh

Nahas Khalil, architect, Dhaka



Theories, designs and techniques will be presented for working with a hydro-geographic landscape as the Bengal delta. Seminars, design workshops and forums will address various scales of operation, from water urbanism and climate induced environmental adaptations to landscape rearrangements for more localized situations.

Kelly Shannon, landscape architect/professor, University of Southern California

Jorg Rettitke,  landscape architect/professor, National University of Singapore

Salauddin Ahmed, architect, and Wakilur Rahman, artist, Dhaka

Atiqur Rahman, climate scientist, Dhaka

Alayne Adams, social scientist, ICDDR,B