Seminar: Housing the urban invisibles

10 October 2019 09:00 till 19:00 - Location: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Berlage room and Oostserre - By: Communications BK | Add to my calendar

The seminar “Housing the Urban Invisibles” will bring together architects, researchers and alumni of BK that have been working on the topic of housing in different geopolitical contexts (Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Middle East).

This seminar is organised under the auspices of the visiting professorship of Marina Tabassum and will include paper presentations, screening of documentaries, and lectures. The seminar will conclude with a visit to the exhibition “Housing the Urban Invisibles”, held in the Oostserre (Orange Hall), and a public lecture given in the Orange Hall by Niklaus Graber and Salauddin Ahmed with the title "Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh.”

The participation in the event is free. Register here.


Berlage Rooms
09:00Opening by Dick van Gameren
09:30 'Housing the Urban Invisibles: A Challenge for Architectural Education' by Marina Tabassum
10:00 Screening of the documentary ‘The Glow in the Mist' by Antonio Paoletti
10:45Global Housing Presentations I: Architectural Projects
by Robyne Somé, Gonzalo Zylberman, Federico Ortiz, Ramona Scheffer.
12:45Keynote lecture I: ‘Dhaka’s ‘Micro Urbanists’: A Million Stories’ by Salauddin Ahmed
14:00Global Housing Presentations II: Research Topics
by Yonas Alemayehu Soressa, Afua Wilcox, Rohan Varma
16:00 Book presentation: ‘Homeland’ by Yael Allweil
16:30Housing after the Neoliberal Turn: Presentation of Footprint 24
by Nelson Mota, Yael Allweil and Dirk van den Heuvel
17:00 Guided visit to the Exhibition 'Housing the Urban Invisibles' 
17:45Keynote lecture II: 'Bengal Stream: A Journey to the Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh’ by Niklaus Graber

Keynote lecture I: ‘Dhaka’s ‘Micro Urbanists’: A Million Stories’ by Salauddin Ahmed

This lecture presents a new perspective of the everyday life of the 20 million inhabitants of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Often invisible but clearly vital, these life-stories spread out across the city. They weave in and out of the ‘fixed’ morphologies, along the railway tracks, between buildings, on the sidewalks, and the flood dams, eked out by fresh migrants, vagrants, poets, and generally by people at the periphery of official planning. The lecture shows new ways of mapping this vagabond landscape – the impromptu commons, interstitial situations, illicit junctions, invisible knots, and unscripted applications. These penetrates and perforate the planned city, the city of codes and by-laws, and builds alternative modes of practice that self-organizes into a ‘collective of the invisible’. The lecture brings about the protagonists of these stories – the micro-urbanists – as those who in their small-scaled gestures and practices produce this dynamic city. 

Keynote lecture II: 'Bengal Stream: A Journey to the Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh’ by Niklaus Graber

Not too many of us are likely to be familiar with current architectural developments in Bangladesh’s tropical delta region. This area, blessed with cultural and scenic riches, has so far barely been present in the global architectural debate. However, this is about to change, due to excellent works emerging from a vibrant architecture movement. The output of this ‘Bengal Stream’ is not just of a high interest in a spatial and architectural sense. It also bears witness to the high societal relevance of architecture as a discipline. Via local action, carefully developed from the country’s specific history and geography, current trends in Bangladesh are taking on global significance. 

In this talk, Niklaus Graber not only gives insight into the remarkable works of the contemporary architecture scene of Bangladesh, but also into his research on the subject and into the making of the Bengal Stream exhibition.

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