Monday 25 December 2006

On a Master Architect’s Birthday

on Monday 25 December 2006 - 21:56:10 | by admin
Yesterday it was the birthday of a master architect…
Who can say the name? People of architecture community from the Indian subcontinent should have the answer first.
He is the modern master Architect Muzharul Islam. It was his 83rd birthday. Archsociety gives a respectful salute to this living legend on this day.
It was a memorable event arranged by IAB (Institute of Architects Bangladesh) on his 80th birthday. It was held at Bakultala (বকুলতলা) of the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University.
Muzharul Islam Archsociety
In that event I felt … how much respect a man can get in his lifetime!
Muzharul Islam is respected not just for his architecture. He is a role model of being an ‘enlightened human being’ to many of us. People who know him can understand Muzharul Islam is the idol of politeness. How polite and honest a man can be Muzharul Islam is the example.
His patriotism, political consciousness and political activities make him more enthusiastic in his way of making honest architecture for humanity.

Professor Shamsul Wares once asked him in an interview “What is your advice for the young and future generation of architects?” Muzharul Islam replied:
“The artistic qualities are essence of architecture. The practical aspects of architecture are measurable – such as, the practical requirements, climatic judgments, the advantages and limitations of the site etc. – but the humanistic aspects are not measurable. This depends on the talent, sensitivity and creativity of the architect. Only some bookish knowledge is not a sufficient tool in this regard. One has to be creative. One has to love his own land, its people and its culture and think profoundly about these. The love of ones own land is the eternal source of creative power, which in turn, makes a proper architect.”

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Sunday 03 December 2006

BNBC Becomes a Law

on Sunday 03 December 2006 - 12:12:46 | by admin
BNBC Becomes a Law: May come up with a Better Skyline of Dhaka in Future
dhaka skylineArchitects or students in Bangladesh must have seen the red healthy book in library named 'Bangladesh National Building Codes'. This rich standard reference book which was published in 1993 as an obligatory building codes for Bangladesh was neglected for years by the Bangladesh Government. A group of professional architects, engineers, planners and other professionals under the supervision of the National Steering Committee published the BNBC in 1993. But the current caretaker government has showed the honor to the effort of BNBC. And finally BNBC has come into effect with a gazette notification issued on November 15 by the Bangladesh Govt. The Building Construction Act of 1952 provides for punishment with seven years' imprisonment or a fine of Tk 50,000 or both in case of violation of the BNBC and the Building Construction Rules of 2006. A meeting was held chaired by the Public Work Advisor of the Caretaker Government Dhiraj Kumar Nath on 26th November where the top government officials, architects, planners and environmentalists were participated and they showed the benefit of the BNBC as a law there.
From now the BNBC and the Metropolitan Building Construction Act (by RAJUK, 2006) will be a core responsibility to be obeyed by the architects, designers, planners, engineers and geo-technical engineers and land or project owners.

Wednesday 29 November 2006

Logo Design Competition for 'Architecture for Humanity'

on Wednesday 29 November 2006 - 23:30:17 | by admin
'Architecture for Humanity' is a charitable organization founded in 1999 to promote architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises.
Here is their existing logo:
An open competition has been declared to design a new logo for the organization. Anyone can participate. The logo is to be universal in culture and has to achieve a global acceptance.
It is to be designed in all color format, CMYK colors for web publication or color print, gray scale design for press etc.
The submission will be via email in any vector format, although JPG or PNG format is also accepted.

The top ten designs will be awarded signed first editions of ‘Design Like You give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises’ and the winning design or team will receive $1000. A jury will select the winning entry and all results are final.
Submission deadline: December 15 2006
Please visit
for detail.

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