Fiesta of Young Architects
'Badhiya shadhiya jaton o koria,' with this theme song, all the extensive preparations regarding the Architecture Festival, popularly known as 'Arch Week,' organised by the Department of Architecture, BRAC University, came to an end on October 3, 2012, at the 9th floor of the Civil Engineer's Building of BRACU, at Mahakhali, Dhaka. This year, the Arch Week was held from October 3 - 10, 2012.
BRACU Arch Week has been a tradition ever since the inception of the department in 2002. This year's week long celebration has been most spectacular, as BRACU Archi-family is celebrating their 10th anniversary under the title ‘Dosh e’.
Courtesy: Department of Architecture, BRACU
The inauguration ceremony was presided over by Professor Golam Samdani Fakir, Pro Vice-Chancellor, BRACU, and attended by Rtd Air-Cdr Ishfaq Ilahi Chowdhury, Registrar, BRACU. The event kicked off with the switching on of a floating light installation and a hand-painting session of adding leaves to the Architecture Department family tree, marking the beginning. The central theme of the week long activities were going green and lauding sustainable architecture. In connection to that, the Archi-family designed their studio, t-shirts, mugs, souvenirs and posters, all with the colour green, which was soothing to the eyes!
Alongside the exhibitions portraying design projects, sculptures, photographs, a life-size kaleidoscope was installed and a room was dedicated to the memory of late Muzharul Islam, a milestone in the field of Architecture in Bangladesh. In his profound memory, an inter-university design competition titled 'Design Charrette' was organised on the very first day. The contestants brainstormed with the concept of re-imagining media through architecture and presented innovative solutions through any media of their choice. This year's Charrette boasted pioneering ideas, ranging from using digital billboards broadcasting images of forests to tangle the emotions of people traveling on roads. The competition was judged by noted Architects, Mahmudul Anwar Riyaad, Nayeem Ahmed Kibria and Md Emran Hossain, along with Nesfun Nahar. The contestants were overwhelmed to get a chance to display their works and potentials as future architects of Bangladesh!
The BRACU Department has had a long tradition of hosting Angan, —a centre for eminent architects, artists, and any creative practitioner to discuss their crafts. Hence, this year's Arch Week housed an extensive Angan Discussion Panel—on the second day of the event. The discussion was participated by prominent Bangladeshi Architects and Academicians in the same field such as, Professor Shamsul Wares, University of Asia Pacific, Mahmudul Anwar Riyaad, Assistant Professor, BUET, Naushad Ehsanul Huq, Assistant Professor, University of Asia Pacific, Professor Zainab F Ali, BRACU, and Saiqa Iqbal Meghna, Visiting faculty, BRACU, with Dr Fuad H Mallick as the moderator. This year's Angan discussion was based on 'Rethinking the pedagogy of Design Studio.' The discussion highlighted facts like, how Architecture, from an Art, turned into a socially, culturally, and economically enhanced community based problem solving method, how teachers need to be creators of problems to guide students to think and grow, the architecture curriculum being strictly structured to induce students to break free of the general learning style to a process of 'unlearning' and more. We pray and hope that this carnival that started 10 years ago, grows bigger and continues for many more years to come.