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Alluvium : Dhaka, Bangladesh in the crossroads of water

Author: Stephen Kieran; James Timberlake
Publisher: [Novato, California?] : ORO Editions, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since 2007, architects Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake have directed a design-research laboratory on Dhaka for graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. What began as a desire to help a city in need became an immersion in investigating its ebbs and flows, mapping its urban systems, and charting its development via annual visits. The result of this extended study is Alluvium: Dhaka,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Kieran; James Timberlake
ISBN: 1941806864 9781941806869
OCLC Number: 903080701
Notes: "Extracts from seven years of the Dhaka Design-Research Lab at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design."
Description: 351 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 x 32 cm
Contents: Preface : toward an architecture of empathy --
Beginning : a renewed research agenda --
Telling : textual sketches of Dhaka / by eleven Western architects and planners --
Looking : images of daily life in the densest megacity on Earth --
Analyzing : delta/water/land/people/health : urban systems maps, fact indices, and infographics --
Acting : meaningful intervention --
Afterword : Dhaka 2040 : a vision for the future.
Other Titles: Dhaka, Bangladesh in the crossroads of water
Responsibility: Stephen Kieran, James Timberlake.

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Since 2007, architects Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake have directed a design-research laboratory on Dhaka for graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. What began as a desire to help a city in need became an immersion in investigating its ebbs and flows, mapping its urban systems, and charting its development via annual visits. The result of this extended study is Alluvium: Dhaka, Bangladesh, in the Crossroads of Water, a cross-genre book that incorporates diverse media and layers of narrative and analysis to encourage new readings and perspectives. The book includes first-person narratives by architects and planners, documentary photographs, and maps and infographics that visually represent the intricate connections between people, water, land, and health in this delta megacity. The work proposes a new approach to understanding place that is interwoven with human interest--an intimate, collaborative, research-based model that holds relevance for both the developing and developed worlds.

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