Planning Megacities

Kazi K. Ashraf discusses how a megacity could be defined and the challenges that definition will create for urbanists in planning for megacities.

Kazi K. Ashraf is an architect, urbanist and architectural historian. He received his master’s from MIT and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently director-general of Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements in Dhaka, Bangladesh, he taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Pratt Institute in the USA. Ashraf has published widely. His publications include: The Hermit’s Hut: Architecture and Asceticism in India (University of Hawaii Press, 2013); Designing Dhaka: A Manifesto for a Better City (LOKA, 2012); An Architect in Bangladesh: Conversations with Muzharul Islam (LOKA, 2014); special issue of Architectural Design “Made in India” (2007) that received the Pierre Vago Journalism Award from the International Committee of Architectural Critics; and, “Louis Kahn’s National Capital in Bangladesh” (GA Edita, 1994).


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