Volume 1 of Location anthologizes articles on outstanding architectural projects, interviews and portfolio of Bangladeshi buildings. Connoisseurs on the aesthetic aspects of dwelling places come together in the platform of this book to share views and experiences of infrastructures. Co-edited by Bengal Foundation and ORO Editions, Locations is edited by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf who is an architectural historian as well as an architect. The first volume has 16 articles, two interviews and one Portfolio on Bangladesh.
Kerry Hill, Terinobou Foujimori, C. Anjalendran, Loui Longhi and Greg Burgess are the architects who are featured in this Volume 1. Articles and reports by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Nayanika Mukherjee, Leesa Gazi, Beili Liu, Kenneth Frampton, Arindam Chakrabarti, Izumi Kuroishi, Philip Goad, Maya Ishizawa, David Robson, Conrad Hamman, David Rockwood, Dean Sakamoto, Frederick Deknatel, Susan Ingram, Suha Ozkan are also compiled in this book. One interview with Balkrishna Doshi, and two interviews with Wang Shu enrich the edition.
Kazi Khaleed Ashraf compiles features of different facets of architecture from staging the location of a nation in a foreign land by Akram Khan to Beili Liu’s building a little house in Nebraska based on the concept of her father’s house back in China to the existing architectural projects in Bangladesh. Through all these representations of art aesthetics of building, Locations illustrates sustainable buildings. The projects present here show that architecture is not just for enhancing external beauty of an infrastructure but sustainable architecture should encompass “tectonic clarity, landscape consciousness, humanitarian ethics, constructional elegance, and material sensuality”, according to Ashraf.
Young architecture students would find it motivating to go through the Portfolio on Bangladeshi buildings. Each and every project from the school boat, to under-construction new campus of BRAC University which is based on the concept of mankind and mangrove of Sundarban, to METI handmade School or Jogen Babur Maath, show the use of traditional and local component in the most innovative way.
Thus, the first Volume of Locations has already made substantial step in the world of architects, the aesthetic craftsmen of dwelling places.