A platform for architectural dialogue
AuthorJamie, Shirin Jahan
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স্থাপত্যের মুক্তাঙ্গন is a common platform to promote society, architecture and culture. It is a center where people will come, share and learn from each other activities. It’s a platform for the people and by the people. It will serve as a channel of communication between architects with the rest of the population, a platform for historical, cultural and architectural education, and exhibition spot, gallery for exploring arts and artifacts as well as a digital explorer for important architectural documentation and historical issues. It is soul-ly purposed to generate spontaneous public activities like learning, sharing and cultural activities etc. and to act as an important ingredient to enrich the society, culture, humanity and environment. Architecture can change society - this is the belief I still hold in me. So designing a platform for public should have such spatial quality which not only generate different public activity but also promote different social dynamics between people. The site is near the Luis I Kahn’s Assembly Hall. But as the attempt is to invite people from every stratum, the intention is to create monumentality and dominancy .Thus to create a stepped elevation from the ground level. People have been invited from all site of the plot. The central court yard with a central water body hold a solemn consolation with its surrounded spacious alcoves. Annexation of large open spaces generates different activities like exhibition, jury, libraries, workshops and group gathering or even like protesting procession. One archive, one seminar hall and two café have been provided with control guidance. It’s a society dedicated platform. Every single space has such hegemonic character to promote spontaneous public participation. Trees have been taken as symbolic parts of a society. Lots of trees have been put in distinct location to hold its unique identity in a society. Contemplating spaces have strong capability to convince human psychology. So to promote such qualitative space, the attempt was to play with light and shadow in different zones. Light separates the function and also light generates the activity. That is the behind philosophy to generate such meditative space. People will come and participate and will feel the drama of the space. And they will promote a better society to its inhabitants. Grandness and overwhelming inviting entry can be felt at the beginning but not any horrified way rather than with solemn and general invitation. The materiality has been considered as so close to human. Heavy concrete has been used to sustain and to promote the feeling of closeness. Because flashy material stands like showy and that is not for poor and general people. This is a hypothesis project. The idea is to design a center which can add some. value to human quality. Participating, sharing, learning, listening and contemplating all are necessary to build a good society, to enrich human values and to promote culture.