Urbanism

Housing crisis among Tannery Workers of Bangladesh

Hamidah Ashrafi Fateha • Sep 14, 2020 • 484

Housing crisis among Tannery Workers of Bangladesh

Being the second largest export earner of Bangladesh, with the current value of $1.90 bn, the leather industry is at a threat of collapsing. Due to non-compliance, more and more European and US clients are refraining from business with Bangladesh resulting in the country closing FY18-19 with being 9.27% below the targeted export set by the government (World Footwear, 2019). As the reason lies hugely around the labour exploitation and detrimental environmental effects, the Government is working towards ensuring proper waste treatment plants, more spacious workplace and personal protection equipment against chemical and other health hazards. However, the aspect that plays a vital role in the workers’ lives and health is their accommodat (...)

The Domain of Sustainable Urban Development: Practitioners, Agendas and Frontiers in the Global South

Tarun Bhasin • Jul 22, 2020 • 1194

The Domain of Sustainable Urban Development: Practitioners, Agendas and Frontiers in the Global South

The Mandate

In 2015, the United Nations declared a mandate to all national governments and people across the globe to make cities and human settlements, inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Underlying this mandate are three conversations: addressing issues of peace and conflict, effects of Climate Change, and the growing problem of inequality. Today, the theme and questions of Urban Design underpin, how, these conversations are shaped by urbanization, governance, and planning of all new and old cities. (2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospects | Latest Major Publications - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2014)

By 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to double, making ur (...)

Urban Design's Reckoning: From Clientelism to Deliberate Action

Tarun Bhasin • Jul 4, 2020 • 1054

Urban Design's Reckoning: From Clientelism to Deliberate Action

How Urban Design Practice Relates To Spatial Justice And Its Embedded Dimensions

Allowing Each Individual To Pursue His/Her Ambitions Will Lead To Social Benefits, Which Adam Smith In The Wealth Of Nations Also Termed As The 'Invisible Hand.' The Statement Drew From His Observations On How Capital, Labour, The Act Of Production, And Consumption Had Mostly Behaved Historically. The Statement In Isolation Made Sense For The Longest Time. (Rasmussen, 2016).

Image Credit: Warsaw, after World War II, was reconstructed by reimagining its 18th Century paintings from the time period of the First Industrial Revolution, since its urban fabric structurally remained the same, The Guardian

The act of production is dependent (...)

Developing our cities of tomorrow

Antonello Magliozzi • Jul 1, 2020 • 2119

Developing our cities of tomorrow

“Small, tactical interventions at the neighborhood scale have the potential to make a big impact” says Foster + Partner team in a recent report on “reimagining Our Cities post-Covid-19”. They “broadly sketch three strategies for helping London survive Covid-19 and thrive in its wake” with: garden streets, active mobility and high streets reimagined. Bruno Moser, Theo Malzieu, Paula Petkova, part of the F+P Urban Design team, see new challenges and opportunities for policy makers, designers, innovators and contractors, especially now in the pandemic era with an acceleration of commitment. An opportunity for a "global green new deal" such as that of the Reinventing Cities competition, with an initiative alr (...)

C P Kukreja Architects win Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Punjab Headquarter Design

Megha Balooni • Jun 15, 2020 • 1020

C P Kukreja Architects win Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Punjab Headquarter Design

C P Kukreja Architects (CPKA) is set to design the State Headquarters for Indian Oil Corporation Limited at Mohali, Punjab, India. The firm has won the project through a national design competition.

Being the largest commercial oil company in the country, the proposed office design was selected based on the Architects’ concept of understanding of three factors – corporate governance, climate responsiveness, and introduction of workspaces thriving with culture. The site spreads across 2.2 acres of land, strategically located at the junction of major roads, having access to public facilities and transportation. The project encompasses the design of IOCL Headquarter Building, Senior Management Centre, Transit Camp and Reside (...)

Regent Park Revitalization: A Practice of Engagement Social Urban Architecture

Reza Pourvaziry • May 26, 2020 • 1075

Regent Park Revitalization: A Practice of Engagement Social Urban Architecture

Today, we expect our understanding of urban Architecture and the concept of space to transform according to the new social norms and subsequently, I believe, the landscape of cities and settlements will face very deep reform very soon. To prepare cities for the change, we should pay more attention to finite resources and think more about different dimensions of sustainable urban development. In this regard, I would like to share an experience with one of the most important and transformative revitalization projects in Toronto, Canada, known as Regent Park.

Regent Park is a neighbourhood located in downtown Toronto with a complex history that is now recognized to have a good new character in the area. The City of Toronto, close to two (...)

Yosuke Hayano of MAD on connecting nature to architecture at reSITE 2019

WA Contents • Sep 20, 2019 • 3302

Yosuke Hayano of MAD on connecting nature to architecture at reSITE 2019

reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world, has started its second day with the lecture of Yosuke Hayano, principal partner in MAD Architects in China.

Hayano has delivered a keynote and been in conversation with reSITE’s guest curator Greg Lindsay. In a 30-min talk Hayano highlighted that how the studio connects nature to architecture in a natural way as much as possible. Hayano also highlighted that they are trying to create an "emotional" connection through architecture in every project. reSITE is taking place from 19-20 September 2019 in Prague's Forum Karlin,Czech Republic and its 2019 theme is REGENERATE, the annual conference explores the essential questions on environment (...)

"Our aim first is to solve a problem" says Thomas Heatherwick at reSITE 2019

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 5990

"Our aim first is to solve a problem then try to come to end with a meaningful intervention," said Thomas Heatherwick, founder and design director of Heatherwick Studio.

Heatherwick has delivered a special keynote at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world.

In a 30-min keynote, Heatherwick explained how he is designing his projects by combining art and architecture to give them artistic attitude that pushes the boundaries of the briefs requested by his clients.

reSITE’s theme for 2019 is REGENERATE, exploring the essential questions on environmentally policies to create resilient infrastructure, while the conference also discusses how smart techn (...)

“Cities should be a part of food consumption” says Chris Precht at reSITE 2019

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 5490

“Cities should be a part of food consumption” says Chris Precht at reSITE 2019

“Cities should be a part of food consumption", said Chris Precht, co-founder of architectural studios Precht and Penda, at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world and reSITE’s this year’s theme is REGENERATE.

reSITE has started its provoking discussions with welcoming keynotes by international well-known figures, including Ravi Naidoo, Bianca Wylie – after a welcoming address by Martin Barry, founder & chairman of reSITE. The conference is taking place from 19-20 September 2019 in Prague's Forum Karlin, Czech Republic.

Chris Precht, known for his use of natural materials with a low carbon footprint, addressed the issue of nature (...)

How smart cities contribute our future cities in advanced urbanism? Discusses Bianca Wylie at reSITE

WA Contents • Sep 19, 2019 • 4968

How smart cities contribute our future cities in advanced urbanism? Discusses Bianca Wylie at reSITE

The contribution of smart cities and smart technologies to our future cities is one of the main topics and urgent issues for urban regeneration that has been discussed at this year’s reSITE, an annual global forum discussing the most urgent issues in the urbanized world.

reSITE has started today with its triggering theme REGENERATE from 19-20 September 2019 in Prague's Forum Karlin, Czech Republic.

Bianca Wylie, as one of the prominent speakers of the event, has delivered a keynote on “smart cities”. Wylie's lecture addressed the most important questions: are “smart cities” really about building better cities, or different aims completely?

Bianca Wylie highlighted that "truth is m (...)