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Why a national urban policy should be our top priority

Bangladesh’s rapid urbanisation has accelerated the country’s social and economic progress, making it one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But delays in adopting a national urban policy are limiting the rate and scope of these important gains.

A historical legacy at risk

If you commute regularly along the Azimpur Road, perhaps you have noticed the ongoing construction of multi-storeyed apartment buildings for government officials by the Public Works Department (PWD)

Fires in Old Dhaka: Can a Phoenix of community participation rise from the ashes?

Dhaka is shocked once again by the terrible news of an inferno engulfing the famous Chawkbazar. Although 10000 miles away, I am affected by it nonetheless.

October 31, 2019
October 31, 2019

Why a national urban policy should be our top priority

Bangladesh’s rapid urbanisation has accelerated the country’s social and economic progress, making it one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But delays in adopting a national urban policy are limiting the rate and scope of these important gains.

March 4, 2019
March 4, 2019

A historical legacy at risk

If you commute regularly along the Azimpur Road, perhaps you have noticed the ongoing construction of multi-storeyed apartment buildings for government officials by the Public Works Department (PWD)

February 24, 2019
February 24, 2019

Fires in Old Dhaka: Can a Phoenix of community participation rise from the ashes?

Dhaka is shocked once again by the terrible news of an inferno engulfing the famous Chawkbazar. Although 10000 miles away, I am affected by it nonetheless.

February 10, 2019
February 10, 2019

An Urbanism for Dhaka

A city is not mere buildings, streets and spaces; it is a theatre of social actions. And it is in that theatre, according to the American urbanist Lewis Mumford, that “man's more purposive activities…work out, through conflicting cooperative

January 28, 2019
January 28, 2019

Bringing order to our roads won't be an easy task, but it's not impossible either

Dhaka's traffic system is one of the most chaotic in the world. Due to the city's notorious traffic congestion, people suffer economically, physically and even psychologically.

November 10, 2018
November 10, 2018

Reimagining the west bank of Dhaka

Despite the usual gloomy narratives, there are opportunities to transform Dhaka into a modern but ecologically attuned metropolis. The transformation can be carried out with our own resources, and our own imagination.

November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018

When will urban planning get its due importance?

The share of Bangladesh's urban population reached 35 percent in 2018 with a total urban population of about 58 million, which is expected to reach 80 million by 2030.

November 2, 2018
November 2, 2018

Growth, green growth and development

The dictionary meaning of “growth” is “getting bigger”, in size or volume, whereas “development” is improvement in the quality of a system. It can be an individual, a community, or a nation.

October 31, 2018
October 31, 2018

Is Bangladesh ready for its urban future?

Today, at least one in four people in Bangladesh lives in urban areas. And in 30 years, at least half of the country's population will be living in cities.

August 5, 2017
August 5, 2017

Dhaka needs a hydraulic vision

Dhaka is a paradox. The more we build assuming we are “developing,” the more we dig ourselves into an urban mess: Transportation is a chaos. Travelling is a nightmare. Khals vanish, and roads turn to khals. Public space is non-existent. Housing is in disarray.