Celebrating Bangladesh

Large building with a set of steps in front.

27 September 2023, 10am – 5pm
The Reilly Room, School of Architecture,
University of Liverpool

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Situated in the largest delta in the world, Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries and one of the most affected by climate change, but also one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and home of the world’s largest NGO.

With 52 years of political existence, the Bangladeshi identity has an ancient tradition in the area, reflected in cultural expressions tracking back thousands of years. Bangladesh tells the world a remarkable story of development, and the country has been a frontrunner in climate adaptation.

This research seminar brings a glimpse into the Bangladeshi culture using expertise in architecture, planning, governance, literature, anthropology and filmmaking. We celebrate with this the resilience of their people, the diversity of their culture and the characteristic originality of this golden land. 

Date: 27 September 2023

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: The Reilly Room, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, 25 Abercromby Square, Liverpool L69 7ZN 

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Arrival and coffee

10:00 am - 10:10am 

Welcome and Introduction 

Dr Junjie Xi, Dr Paco Mejias Villatoro, University of Liverpool 

10:15 am – 10:45 am 

Prototyping Off-Grid Sanitation Solutions as Social Infrastructures for Flood-Prone Areas

Dr Paco Mejias Villatoro, 

Dr Junjie Xi, UoL

10:45 am – 11:15 am 

Searching Balladry for Monsoon Cloud. (hybrid)

Mr Faysal Kabir Himun, FRAMEWORK Architects, Dhaka

11:15 am – 11:45 am 

Reclaiming Heritage inside & outside: Inquiry on Art, Social Changes & Justice (hybrid)

Mr Imtiaz Pavel Neel 

11:45 am – 12: 00 pm

Q &A

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

Lunch break and projection of film Population Density could be Dhaka's Blessing by Centre for Inclusive Architecture and Urbanism (Ci+AU) 

1:00 pm – 1:05 pm 


Professor Ola Uduku

1:05 pm – 2:00 pm 

Spatializing Freedom: The Design of BRAC Regional Offices in Rural Bangladesh 

Professor Adnan Moshed, Executive Director Centre for Inclusive Architecture and Urbanism, BRAC University and The Catholic University of America 

2:00 pm – 2:15pm 

Q &A

2:15 pm – 2: 30 pm

Coffee break 

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm 

Bangladesh paradox: Insights from a Writer and ethnographer

Professor Shahaduz Zaman, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex 

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

WASH Innovations: Inclusion and Equality

Ms Samia Aboni 

Project Officer, Climate Change,  

Bangladesh Country Office
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm 

Multi‐Purposing Flyovers – A Policy Framework for Elevated

Road Infrastructures in Bangladesh (hybrid)

Mr Shafaiet Mahmud, Project Architect, Design and Research Associate, Centre for Inclusive Architecture and Urbanism,

BRAC University 

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

Panel discussion 

Discussant: Dr Paco Mejias Villatoro, UoL

4:30 pm – 4:40 pm 

Closing remarks 

Dr Junjie Xi, UoL

Further questions can be directed to Dr Junjie Xi  or Dr Paco Mejias Villatoro.

This event is hybrid, please click here to join us online.