• Message from the HEAD

    The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at BUET is primarily concerned with the human settlement development planning at the urban, rural, regional and local levels.

  • Academic Programs

    The main objective of the Urban and Regional Planning programme is to equip students with the wide diversity of skills required for urban and regional planning.

  • USAB

    USAB added a new dimension to this Department which started showing its footprint officially on 28th January 2009. Guidance of the teachers, inspiration of the ex-students and team work

Introduction

The peoples of the old world have their cities built for times gone by, when railroads and gunpowder were unknown.  We can have cities for the new age that has come, adopted to its better conditions of use and ornament. We want, therefore, a city planning profession...

- Horace Bushnell, City Plans (1894).


From ancient times, even from the Neolithic period, human civilization felt the need of organizing the built and natural environment and practiced planning to some extent. This endeavor gradually developed into an organized discipline which today is not merely limited to land use design and sectoral sub-division plans. Modern civilization revolves around large metropolitans and productive rural regions where new and modern framework for capacity development, institutional reforms and public- privet partnership is of utmost necessity. This necessity has given the urban and regional planning a new, integrated and global dimension where the need for a better management system is at the focus.  It has become a synonym for constant development whether for an already developed nation or at least developed one. As a result, the role of a Planner in building and development of a nation has earned precedence to any other profession globally.
But the need of planning and planners in a developing country like Bangladesh has gigantic significance rather than a developed country. This requisite for planners for the sustainable development of this region has been felt prior to the liberation of Bangladesh which has been further accentuated with the emergence of Bangladesh as a politically independent state. The country is currently striving to bring about rapid economic progress. Increasing urbanization, degrading environmental qualities, severe transportation problem, inequalities between groups of people and regions and ever increasing poverty even after several decades of existence as an independent state has made the government realize that there should be a shift in emphasis from previous planning process to a more down to earth approach. It is thus expected that governmental and non-governmental organizations will be more deeply involved in planning, administering and implementing projects aimed at overall physical, social and economic development in future. This means that the country would be confronted with need for a large number of planners who will serve communities to enhance their quality of life, work to promote equity and equality through fostering disadvantaged section of population and maintain a controlled and guided growth. The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, undertook the responsibility of producing skilled and people oriented planners to face these challenges. Read More