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Tuesday 13 October 2009

Tradewell Fellowship in Healthcare Architecture

on Tuesday 13 October 2009 - 11:19:43 | by NEO
Tradewell Fellowship: handsWHR Architects offer a great opportunity to work and learn about healthcare architecture. Their ‘Tradewell Fellowship’ begins and ends in July and includes employment at WHR Architects in Houston. Each year, the Tradewell Fellow is involved with clients in early master planning and design with a particular focus on healing environments and collaborative design methods in healthcare related projects.
So those who are interested and enthusiastic about hospital and health facilities design should try for this grand opportunity.
This fellowship will help to be in touch with the senior medical planners and clients, to receive career guidance from leaders at WHR and a network of past Tradewell Fellows that will eventually start making you a life long learner, mentor and leader in this sector.

WHR Architects LogoInterested applicants should download the application form or/and knock the 2009 Tradewell Fellow Kelly Egdorf. Visit this page for more information: Tradewell Fellowship | WHR Architects

Wednesday 30 September 2009

October 5: World Habitat Day : Planning our urban future: Raise your voice

on Wednesday 30 September 2009 - 09:16:19 | by NEO
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World habitate Day 2009

Those who are living around the under-developed and the fastest growing cities in the world (Lagos, Dhaka, Mumbai, Manila…) must have already realized by themselves the urgent necessity of action for ‘Habitat for Humanity’. It is now regardless of the economic classes of people in these cities that we are suffering from lack of planned housing and accessibility of basic urban facilities. And we have to take actions NOW.

Otherwise in near future our children will be living in abject unplanned settlements (they are already in!).
According to the United Nations, more than 100 million people in the world today are homeless. Millions more face a severe housing problem living without adequate sanitation, with irregular or no electricity supply and without adequate security. By the year 2030, an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need access to housing. This translates into a demand for 96,150 new affordable units every day and 4,000 every hour. (UN-HABITAT: 2005).

And now along with the slogan of the World Habitat Day we also yell to take action to ensure affordable decent housing for everyone. Raising awareness and advocating for change are the first steps toward transforming systems that perpetuate the global plague of poverty housing. World Habitat Day serves as an important reminder that everyone must unite to ensure that everyone has a safe, decent place to call home.

October 5th is the World Habitat Day. Raise your voice to make everyone realize the importance of this issue, help spread information on this severe unaccounted crisis. The economic and population polarization is now concentrated in faster growing poor urban areas. Think about our urban future, raise an awareness among your friends, neighbors and colleagues to take actions for solving the crises.

ArchSociety is planning to initiate an ‘Open Urban Design Think Tank’ project to gather opensource solutions to critical urban crisis around those cities. We will collect information, research and publish the upgradable-solutions for specific cities and crises. Government, policy makers, working organizations and anyone will be free to use those resources for implementation and for further development.
We are now collecting ideas and site specific information of crises to be researched and treated. You are most welcome to share your resources and write your thoughts regarding this project in the forum.

Help make World Habitat Day and Habitat for Humanity of UN a real success for our own sake.

Visit: for more information.

Editing: Mohammad Tauheed, Mehnaz Ahmed

Tuesday 15 September 2009

Environmental and Civic Facility issues: Bangladesh Govt. Revoked five major private housing projects!

on Tuesday 15 September 2009 - 16:15:59 | by NEO
Before the ‘Land Development Rule 2004’ for the developments of private housing and private urban areas in Bangladesh projects were mushrooming in a ridiculous fatal way. Projects like Japan Garden City in Dhaka is one of the major examples of cramped unhealthy development of private housing areas in the city. The Land Development Rule of 2004 and the Building Development Rule 2006-08 are definitely significant milestones on the way of planned urban growth in Bangladesh. Which we hope in a long run will help to develop a healthier and more environment friendly neighborhoods.

The government seems started the great attempt of implementing the rules finally! The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Housing and Public Works revoked the approval of five private housing projects of three firms today in a meeting at the National Parliament Building. The scraped projects are Bashundhara Housing Project (Phase-I) of the East West Property Development, Sharnali Housing Project (Phase-I) of Swadesh Properties, Banasri New Town Housing Project, Pallabi Housing Project (Phase-II) and Rampura Extension Housing Project of the Eastern Housing Limited. City developer RAJUK, under the ministry of housing, said the projects' approvals were scrapped on the firms' failure to meet the pre-conditions for the government nod. The chairman of the committee A B M Fazle Karim Chowdhury said “They have totally failed to meet the conditions. So, the government has cancelled the approval of the five projects”.
Some of the conditions were that the companies would not change the original designs and not obstruct the water outlet in the floodplain, must ensure wide roads and necessary infrastructure and proper drainage facility. The projects also don’t meet the requirements of environment friendliness in many ways.

We already see the severe out comes of unplanned and ill-planned developments in Dhaka. Gridlock traffic jam, water clogging, and lack of wind flow, vegetation, children’s play area and a lot of other very basic civic facilities. Now if we continue to do the same mistakes we are already suffering from then it will be the biggest stupidity in our infrastructure development. We shouldn’t throw our next generations in the terrible urban situations we are already living in. And a greater portion of this responsibility goes to the architects, urban and town planners of the country. Why government has to take these steps now? Why the planners and architects involved in those projects did these (surely intentional) ‘mistakes’? If we continue doing these ‘sins’ we should be sure in near future our children will grow up in abject unhealthy settlements.
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