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Researching Rural Transformation 2.0 in Bangladesh

We need new research methodologies to understand the complex nature of the rural change in Bangladesh in the last two decades.

Mid-sized cities are our new urban frontier

A resilient and adjustable urban development policy for mid-sized cities is necessary to decentralise Dhaka.

Rural Bangladesh needs next-generation village roads

The streets of rural Bangladesh should value the safety and wellbeing of its users.

Chattogram desperately needs guardian angels

It is impossible these days to not notice Chattogram’s spectacular urban decline. Go around the port city and you will only experience a place plagued by anemia, chaos, a collective greed to commercialise every open space, and overall, a curious lack of aspiration.

The sociology of eco-grief: Saving Suhrawardy Udyan

Eight years ago, in May, a large crowd staged a sit-in at Gezi Park, next to Taksim Square, Istanbul’s bustling public plaza in the downtown of its European side.

Memories, cultural imaginations and Dhaka

How do cities like Dhaka in the throes of frenzied development deal with memories and literary depictions in the process of their transformations?

November 10, 2022
November 10, 2022

Researching Rural Transformation 2.0 in Bangladesh

We need new research methodologies to understand the complex nature of the rural change in Bangladesh in the last two decades.

October 31, 2022
October 31, 2022

Mid-sized cities are our new urban frontier

A resilient and adjustable urban development policy for mid-sized cities is necessary to decentralise Dhaka.

September 15, 2022
September 15, 2022

Rural Bangladesh needs next-generation village roads

The streets of rural Bangladesh should value the safety and wellbeing of its users.

August 5, 2022
August 5, 2022

Understanding Rural Transformation 2.0 in Bangladesh

The traditional mental image of rural Bangladesh that we have is no longer a reality.

May 25, 2022
May 25, 2022

There is just one way to save Dhaka

The notoriety of Dhaka’s traffic is now daily news. Civil society members have been venting frustration about this maddening crisis.

February 4, 2022
February 4, 2022

Padma Bridge is a metaphorical countermovement

Recently, on a wintry afternoon, I went to see the Padma Bridge.

January 28, 2022
January 28, 2022

A time travel to Dhaka University’s 2034 convocation

It was Titian Matin’s first return to his native Bangladesh after he won the Nobel Prize in economics for his study of the reciprocal relationship between urban density and economic geography.

December 21, 2021
December 21, 2021

Understanding a freedom fighter’s prison letters

Imprisoned in various torture chambers by the Pakistan Army during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971, Mohiuddin Ahmed, MP, wrote numerous letters to his wife, describing the systemic cruelties of his oppressors.

November 30, 2021
November 30, 2021

Is smart density the way forward for Bangladesh?

Going around in Dhaka could be overwhelming. The city seems overburdened with the impossible weight of people, buildings, vehicles, rickshaws, noise, carbon emission, and nonstop activities.

October 20, 2021
October 20, 2021

Tribute to a true admirer of Bangladesh

Mary Frances Dunham (MFD) arrived in Dhaka on a wintry day in November of 1960. From the window of her room at Hotel Shahbagh, she found ample opportunities to observe the city.