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Bangladesh is the largest delta of the world at the convergence of low-lying flood plains of the Padma, Jamuna, and Meghna river in south-east Asia. Dhaka, being the capital, after the liberation in 1971, had a rampant expansion and commercial development, which rapidly transformed the urban tissue. As a consequence, the water bodies which were an integral part of the city were disappearing, which had major importance on the storm water retention and drainage capacity for the entire city. Among them, Hatirjheel Lake is the reservoir of one third catchment area of Dhaka. Realising that the government authority announced a project to protect the Lake and redevelop the surrounding area with new routes and public amenities.
Again in the west, according to Morales (1987), the breakdown in European cities that has occurred since 1930s, can be blamed on the particular ideology of city planning derived from functional architecture. The culture of the big city born out of industrial revolution of the 19th century and that developed in the great metropolis of the 20th century never set out to reduce its complexity by simplifying its problems. As the fruit of the complexity, the urban project is born and shows itself to be most suitable rich, varied and effective opportunity for the planning of the modern city. In the works of Corbusier, Martin and Quaroni, the urban project finds a constant point of reference. According to Busquets 2011, generic solutions for urban complexities may seem attractive, but they do not respond to the social and spatial demands of the affected population. The 20th century saw the consolidation of urbanism as a field of practical knowledge which helps to make cities more habitable and which enables us to construct some dynamic strategies for dealing with its future.
This paper aims to critically establish the Hatirjheel project as an “Urban Project” in terms of the theories, concepts, and models of Urbanism.

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Zannatul Ferdous

Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Zannatul Ferdous

Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology,Dhaka,Bangladesh

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9. The Syndrome of Grand Projects: contamination processes between North-South, West-East, Global-Local

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10. Urban analytics and city design