Understanding Place: Dhaka, Bangladesh


Understanding Place: Dhaka, Bangladesh

March 1, 2016 - April 7, 2016
Education Hall
Old Westbury, NY

Photo: Data Collection: Photographs captured by studio participants on annual visits document everyday conditions. Photo credit: Adam Elstein Photography

Understanding Place: Seven Years Researching Dhaka, Bangladesh
NYIT School of Architecture and Design Center Gallery
Education Hall
NYIT-Old Westbury
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

UNDERSTANDING PLACE showcases the work of internationally renowned Philadelphia architecture firm KieranTimberlake’s Dhaka Design-Research Laboratory, a cross-disciplinary design studio within University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design Masters of Architecture program.

This totally immersive exhibit, curated by NYIT Associate Professor and Exhibitions Coordinator Naomi Frangos, in collaboration with KieranTimberlake, features selections from a seven-year long investigation that capture the essence of Dhaka’s extreme wet-dry climate flux. Lit by an 8’ tall rear projection screen of audio-video captured footage, a narrated mind-map floor animation, an illuminated wall of colorful photographs, and LED monitor slideshows of student projects, visitors are invited to meander through four zones identifying the architectural design process: observation, data collection, analysis, and proposals.

NYIT School of Architecture and Design and its Center Gallery foster architectural research and practice that address social and environmental challenges in design. KieranTimberlake’s work is an exemplary model that embraces humanity’s needs for positive change.

This exhibition is open to the public, running until April 6.

Students watching rear projection video loop.
Data Collection: 8 foot high rear projection video loop with audio of footage captured on site by student participants. Photo credit: Adam Elstein Photography
Floor projected mind maps
Data Analysis: Floor projected mind maps accompanied by audio narratives draw threads of connection between aspects of the physical world that we are seeking to improve and reveal causal relationships we may not otherwise see. Photo credit: Adam Elstein Photography