Wednesday 29 June 2011

Call for Ideas: Rethinking the Grid of Manhattan

on Wednesday 29 June 2011 - 21:57:27 | by admin
Idea for New York Manhattan's grid streets In 2011 it's been 200 years since New York City got it's grid iron pattern streets. And since then it has been treated as one of the greatest working street patterns. It served many people in many different ways with amazing flexibility accommodating different architecture and planning in times and inspired many designs around it.

The Architectural League of NY in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York have been launched an open international idea competition titled "The Greatest Grid" invites architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and other design professionals around the world to use the Manhattan street grid as a catalyst for thinking about the present and future of New York. Given its capacity for reinvention, how might the Manhattan grid continue to adapt and respond to the challenges and opportunities–both large and small–that New York faces now and into the future?

The Challenges
The challenge is to deal with a lot of questions; what challenges and possibilities face the city today and how might innovative solutions emerge out of (and in turn modify) the existing street grid? What other possibilities exist for rethinking streets that might either increase public space or encourage new kinds of uses? What new infrastructures will the city require–or what existing infrastructures might be rethought–and what impact will they have on the grid?... and continues.

The submissions may be practical or visionary, large scale or small, it may be a proposal of new formation of the grid, small infills, possible changes in the existing buildings, suggesting new typology of buildings, it may be a work done on the whole grid or part of it, the options are basically open.

Deadline: September 26, 2011
Awards: Up to ten submissions will be chosen by the jury for exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. The selected teams will receive an honorarium of $1,000 each. Winners will be announced in mid-October.
Submission: Digital in PDF format
Eligibility: Open to all architects, urban designers, landscape architects, and all other design professionals from any country. Students are ineligible for participation.
Entry Fee: A 25 $ USD online donation payable via credit cards.
Download: Call for Idea PDF

More Details: Visit the Competition Page

Thursday 23 June 2011

Call for Papers: Intl Seminar on 'Architecture: Education, Practice and Research'

on Thursday 23 June 2011 - 20:43:58 | by admin
BUET International Seminar 2012 logo (Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to 25th July)
The Department of Architecture in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) is the first formal institution to impart Architectural education in Bangladesh. The creation of a new faculty of Architecture and Planning in BUET fifty years ago in 1962 was instrumental in filling a professional vacuum and it's opening had spurred significant changes in the development of the country. On the occasion of the celebration of '50 years of Architecture in Bangladesh' an International Seminar on 'Architecture: Education, Practice and Research' has been organized to mark the new direction that architecture has taken in Bangladesh with the starting of formal institutional education in Architecture at BUET.

As it is declared in the official call for papers document the purpose of the event is to provide a forum for architects, engineers, scientists and designers to share ideas on architectural design, innovation, science and technology through paper presentation and discussion. It aims to raise
questions on the interfaces between academia and practice, and between research and its application in Architecture. It will extend the scope to assess the past, present and future directions of education, practice and research in Architecture.

Originality in thinking and reporting of first hand ideas are expected. Submission of paper in architecture and related disciplines are invited from architects, engineers, artists, educationists, graduate students, theorists, and researchers. Interested authors may submit papers in all areas of architecture, related to education, practice and research. Please note that the seminar is inclusive and collaborative, aiming to forge links between diverse groups.

Time and Place:
02 - 04 February 2012
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Submission of Abstruct
Abstracts of papers are welcomed related to purposes outlined for the seminar. Interested authors are requested to submit extended abstracts written in English for Long or Short papers. The abstract should contain at least 350 but must not exceed 500 words. The abstract should include the title of the paper, name(s) of author(s), presenting author, affiliations including e-mail addresses, key words, objectives, conclusions and option for long/short paper. Abstracts should be submitted by 15 July 2011 via e-mail in Microsoft Word format to the Seminar Secretariat ( All submitted abstracts and papers will be peer-reviewed. Instructions and templates for final papers will be sent along with notification of acceptance of abstracts. Accepted papers (both long and short) of registered participants will be published in CD format as Proceedings of the Seminar. Printed proceedings will be available by additional fee after the seminar. On the basis of merit of the papers and availability of time, short papers may be presented along with poster presentation. For all inquiries, please contact the Department of architecture, BUET.
Download the call for papers official PDF release from HERE.

Call for Paper: 10 June 2011
Deadline for abstract submission: 25 July 2011
Notification of abstract acceptance: 31 July 2011
Deadline for full paper submission: 15 September 2011
Notification of Reviewers' report: 15 October 2011
Deadline for reviewed paper submission: 15 November 2011
Notification of full paper acceptance: 15 December 2011
Deadline for Registration: 31 December 2011
International Seminar: 2 - 4 February 2012

This International Seminar on Architecture: Education Practice and Research is being organized by the Department of Architecture, BUET, in collaboration with Institute of Architects, Bangladesh (IAB) and Architects Alumni Association of BUET (ArcAAB).

Wednesday 01 June 2011

Launch night of 'PARA': A New Venture from London to Support Bangladeshi Communities

on Wednesday 01 June 2011 - 21:07:22 | by admin
A new organization is launching in London with a mission to enhance spaces for the community through multidisciplinary practice in Bangladesh. Architect Ruhul Abdin and his colleagues are the founder and the visionary of the organization, named PARA (পাড়া), the founders are Bangladeshi and British Bangladeshi and have identified a pressing need for architects to play a bigger role in the development of the country and its communities.
PARA is a social enterprise which will work to develop the built environment of various communities in Bangladesh as it is one of the least developed countries with a high density of population and is vulnerable to natural disasters due to climate change.
To allow for better understanding of communities and their needs they wish to conduct thorough research with multidisciplinary experts. They have adopted a process that engages local community members and international experts to participate in all the levels of the project.
They wish to get engaged with communities, hold research projects, raise funds, recruit volunteers and finally to create a 'School of Thought' in Bangladesh to complement PARA's ongoing practice and research.

And to mention, ArchSociety always wish to extend their help and support to PARA in all of their noble ventures.

Their First Project plan:
PARA will launch its first research project on the launch night, a learning resource center for the Urdu speaking Communities, living in permanent settlement camps known as the Bihari camps, in Dhaka. This community has recently been granted citizenship in 2008. They have fallen behind in the race for education due to a lack of access to resources and barriers inpolitical and socio‐economic conditions. Currently the community stands at a population of 250,000 throughout Bangladesh, with a majority in Dhaka, their living conditions are dire and this initial project will enable Para to develop and work with the community towards a long term goal of obtaining an equal footing in mainstream society.
The need to address issues in marginalized communities as well as respond to those needs will be a priority for Para. They will look to engage with practitioners in Bangladesh and the wider international community to address and push forward ideas.

PARA Launch Night in London:
PARA launching in London, architectural organization to support Bangladesh

The launch night is free and open to the public and will consist of special guests, live music, a unique workshop with Momenul Haque, poetry recital and 2 photography exhibitions. Ruhul Abdin will exhibit photographs from his recent tour of Bangladesh and Sunara Begum will exhibit photographs of the members from the Urdu Speaking community.
When: Saturday 11th June, Doors open at 17:30, doors close at 18:15
Where: Attlee Centre, Thrawl Street, London, E1 6RT (nearest tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East, Liverpool Street)
RSVP Requested as seats are limited: RSVP to para[at] email address.
To download the official press release, the event poster and a page about Para, CLICK HERE (300Kb PDF, Opens new window).

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