Basic Design Studio:In this studio newly enrolled students get ideas and first hand training on concepts of basic design principles and practices. This course focuses on creating an understanding of designing among students through examining the forms in nature, their understanding and evolution; two dimensional composition, points, straight lines and curves, and geometric shapes; understanding and use of composition elements like balance, proportion, scale, harmony, movement, etc.
Communication and Presentation Studio:
Communication and presentation is a very important skill for every professional. It is not enough to conduct a good research or complete a project successfully. Professionals as well as academics need to express what their work is all about to authorities, fellow knowledge seekers, clients or anyone else interested. As English is the second language after the mother tongue Bangla, our students are encouraged to practice communicating via English while writing reports or conducting a presentation. In this course students are first introduced to various techniques for communicating via different media—oral presentations, reports, posters, broadcasting, film, multimedia, Websites; techniques of visual presentation—figures, diagrams, charts, maps, cartograms, photographic compositions, etc. After that students have to prepare several presentations via different suitable media on different contemporary practical planning problems.
Site and Area Planning Studio:
In the field of physical planning, a planner’s one of the most important jobs is designing different types of sites for different purposes. In this studio students are introduced to site and area planning concept, types of site development processes, method of proper site selection and analysis, natural factors, cultural factors, and aesthetic factors associated with the specific site development projects. Several crucial components of site development like land use and circulation, site drainage, grading and earthwork, alignment of horizontal and vertical curves etc. are also elaborately discussed. Different types of site layout and principles of development for residential, institutional, industrial, shopping, and other types of development are introduced. Learning all these students then go for a subdivision planning project based on real life site development project from any government or privet organization. These designs then again evaluated and discussed by faculties as well as professionals from the associated organizations.
Landscaping is a vital component of site development and conservation projects. In this course students practice several projects focusing on application of design and planning principles and techniques of landscape developments, site analysis and study of landscape elements, application of landscape conservation principles and strategies on regional level development process.
Urban Planning Studio:
This studio is conducted depending on a prior theoretical course Plan 211: Urban Planning Principles. Students have to involve in different projects related to various urban issues like urban functions, activities and land use components etc. Students try to design new sites or solve problems of different urban centers through modern principles of planning—town centre, residential area, recreational area, industrial area, commercial area, transportation network, metropolitan region, satellite town, new town, special areas like airport, seaport, railway station, bus terminal etc.
Transportation Planning Studio:
This studio trains students to perform different case studies in transportation studies and planning. Workshops on local area transport planning, vehicular and pedestrian circulation plan for residential area, shopping complex, precinct, and other practical and field works are also conducted. Practical projects related to prior theoretical courses Plan 343: Traffic and Transportation Study and Plan 345: Transportation Policy and Planning are conducted by the students.
Regional Planning Studio:
Regional planning studio is conducted to give students a practical knowledge after they complete the theoretical course Plan 333: Regional Development Planning. Here students conduct several assignments and projects individually or in groups on different types of regional analysis like regional data base; income measures and regional social accounting; input-output analysis; industrial structure analysis; interregional trade multiplier analysis. Students also perform in projects depending on different theories and models of regional growth like aggregate growth models; industrial location theory; central place theory; growth pole theory; agropolitan growth etc.
Rural Planning Studio:
This course involves several individual and group assignments and projects which involves practical application of theories and principles learnt in two theoretical courses: Plan 331: Rural Development Planning I and Plan 431: Rural Development Planning II. Students perform projects focusing on snalysis of rural settlement patterns, social and cultural characteristics of rural communities, integrated rural development, rural industrialization and rural centre planning. Analysis of rural-urban disparities; rural-urban linkages and rural-urban migration; peoples’ participation and rural development; application of Rapid Rural Appraisal and Participatory Rural Appraisal techniques; rural services and utilities development (transport, water supply, sanitation, electrification and extension services) projects; rural economic and social sectors development—agriculture, rural non-farm activities, community development, women’s empowerment, health and nutrition, education; rural growth centre development in Bangladesh; strengthening local level institutions and rural development in Bangladesh; NGOs and rural development; rural poverty and micro credit programs for rural poverty alleviation; disaster management planning in rural areas etc. are some other important sectors where students work in this studio.
Participatory Planning Studio:
In this course students are introduced to the contemporary practice of bottom-up approach of planning process. Here students learn about local level planning and its importance, contexts of local level planning, approaches and guidelines to local level planning. Also meaning and types of people's participation in planning, organizational and functional approaches to participation and different problems of participation are discussed. Group projects involving application of participatory approach to planning for the preparation of local level plans are conducted.
This is one of the most important requirements for the fulfillment of BURP degree. After several years of training and learning, students are assigned to individual supervisors to conduct major individual studies on real world topics related to planning, development, implementation or policy issues. The objective is to develop initiative, self reliance, creative ability and some planning experience for the students. The outcomes of the study must be submitted in a comprehensive dissertation following a standard format of presentation acceptable to the Department along with appropriate drawings, maps, charts, etc.