Sadarghat:Designing the Beginning by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf

September 3, 2009

The Daily Star: forum Section July 2009
Ahsan Manzil in the backdrop……………The Ahsan Manzil area, for example, should be maintained as a civic place with the current museum as the focal point, but with better connections to the city. Ali Mia’s Talao, a most unique development around a water tank, is another urban treasure that now lies completely inaccessible and unrecognised. The new design for the riverbanks could establish links to such significant locations making a new and clearly designated network of urban spaces…….

Read the complete article by pasting the following link on your browser: http://www.thedailystar.net/forum/2009/july/designing.htm

Kazi Khaleed Ashraf is an architect, urbanist and author, teaching at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. In the article mentioned above, he looks at how a historic riverbank can be given a much-needed face-lift. He discusses urban planning for Sadarghat area and its nucleus Ahsan Manzil & Gol Talab.
Ahsan Manzil in the backdrop 2
Images for the article were created by architect Masudul Islam following suggestions by Salauddin Ahmed (of Atelier Robin Architects) and Kazi Khaleed Ashraf.

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