Bengal Stream – The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, has one of the most important buildings of the 20th cen-tury: its parliamentary building by Louis I. Kahn constructed between 1961 and 1982. Little is known, however, about the local architecture scene that has emerged since then. Yet contemporary architecture in Bangladesh exhibits a strong formal idiom that has its roots in tradition and is combined with an innovative handling of local resources such as bamboo and brick.

Alongside texts by Andreas Ruby, Niklaus Graber, Kazi Khaleed, Saif Ul Haque and Syed Manzoorul Islam, the special photographs taken by Iwan Baan for this publication capture the imagination. Bengal Stream takes the reader on a lively architectural journey to a fascinating, and for many, unknown country located between India and Myanmar.

First published by Christoph Merian Verlag, Basel

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Exhibition tour:

News coverage:

  • Detail: Bauen in Bangladesh: Bengal Stream im Deutschen Architekturmuseum, June 11, 2019
  • The Riba Journal: Bengal moment: the architects of Bangladesh, January 25, 2018

Hardcover: 448 pages

Publisher: Christoph Merian (January 11, 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9783856168438

ISBN-13: 978-3856168438

Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.8 x 13.2 inches