METAMORPHOSIS OF CIVIC SPACES IN A THIRD WORLD METROPOLIS: A CASE OF DHAKA CITY

Authors

  • M. Hasan Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna 9208, Bangladesh
  • Q.A. Mowla Architecture Department, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
  • F. Mallick Architecture Department, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
  • M.A. Alam Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna 9208, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53808/KUS.2005.6.1and2.0516-E

Keywords:

Metamorphosis, civic space, urban design, open space, garden, monument

Abstract

In the Third World, the civic spaces are undergoing rapid changes due to population explosion and fast development trend. Some civic spaces are flourishing while some are declining. As the social, physical and psychological needs of people vary from place to place, the character of civic space or image of an urban area also vary from region to region. There is also great variation in the quality of civic spaces between the Third World Cities. Considerations of such variations and an understanding of the local context are therefore essential for an urban designer in a developing metropolis. With this view in mind, this paper investigated the civic spaces of Dhaka and their evolution pattern. This paper studied selected eight important civic spaces of Dhaka City e.g. Lalbagh Fort, Central Martyr’s Monument, National Parliament Building Complex, Dhanmondi Lake, Crescent Lake, Book Fair at Bangla Academy, Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University and the City Embankment for Dhaka. It is found that Dhaka has unique character of civic spaces created by their space quality, amenity, accessibility, man made and natural elements, and the social attitude of the people. It is also found that the proximity of a civic space, the variety of activities, legibility, intimacy, and permeability are the essential quality of the vibrant civic spaces of Dhaka.

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Published

23-11-2005

How to Cite

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M. . Hasan, Q. . Mowla, F. . Mallick, and M. . Alam, “METAMORPHOSIS OF CIVIC SPACES IN A THIRD WORLD METROPOLIS: A CASE OF DHAKA CITY”, Khulna Univ. Stud., pp. 1–12, Nov. 2005.

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