The five-day long ArchAsia Forum-20, a conference of architects from Asian countries, began in the capital on Sunday.
Speaker of Jatiya Sangshad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury inaugurated the summit as chief guest in a programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.Architects Regional Council Asia (ArchAsia) and Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) jointly organised the programme with an aim to raise awareness about architecture in society.
Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim attended the programme as special guest.
Among others, conference Advisor Mobassher Hossain, ArchAsia President Rita Soh and IAB President Jalal Ahmed, Vice Presidents Mamnoon Murshed Chowdhury and Ehsan Khan, General Secretary Nowajish Mahbub were present on the occasion.
More than 1,500 architects from 21 Asian countries including Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Laos, Mayanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunai, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea are participating in the event.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Speaker Shirin Sharmin called upon the architects to utilize innovations in environment friendly creations for ensuring sustainable urbanization.
“The government is working to reduce the gap between urban and rural lifestyle according to electoral manifesto. Architects have significant role here to promote the country’s graduation to developing one ensuring inclusive growth,” she said.ArchAsia Forum is the largest annual conference of its kind which hosts its 20th editions marking the fifty years of anniversary of the organization.
Besides, IAB designed the Build Bangladesh exposition to showcase local strength in architecture to international level. Planning Minister MA Mannan opened the Build Bangladesh Expo at the conference arena.