DOT Desk: The works and activities of Bengal Institute are currently on exhibit at Nogornama – The Future of Our Habitats. The exhibition opened yesterday at Bengal Shilpalay in Dhanmondi. Advisor of the Prime Minister, Private Industry and Investment, Salman F Rahman, MP, was the chief guest at the opening ceremony, reports The Daily Star. The Mayor of Naryanganj, Dr Selina Hayat Ivy, and noted architect and educator Professor Shamsul Wares, were present as special guests. The programme started with an opening speech by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Director-General of Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. Abul Khair, Chairman of Bengal Foundation and Jalal Ahmed, President of IAB were also there.
The Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements was established in 2015 to present ideas for a new urbanism based on an ecological and humane approach, one which superseded the conflict between nature and progress. As a place for advancing the understanding of the environment, Bengal Institute presents a platform for developing ideas and programmes to improve the qualities of architecture, landscapes and settlements. Taking on the challenge of the largescale, innovative transdisciplinary programmes, the institute integrates architectural and design research, investigation of cities and settlements and the study of larger regions and landscapes.
Bangladesh is symptomatic of the gravest environmental challenges. It is in the neighbourhood of such pronouncements that we find necessary to rethink the scope of environmental design, and its pedagogy and practices.