DHAKA DELIRIUM

“I lived in Dhaka from 1984 to 1993, but I did not begin writing about the city until much later. I understood Dhaka’s cosmopolitanism, magic realism, historicism, melancholia, and urban absurdities very slowly. For a long time, I struggled to ask the right questions about the meaning of this city’s quintessential chaos, intensity, congestion, and beautifully infernal urban density. This is a city that narrates its myriad of stories without telling any stories at all. In many ways, Dhaka Delirium is a retroactive act of penitence for failing to realize how the South Asian capital city reveals its inner stories through the language of spatiality and urbanity.”

Adnan Morshed (Introduction)

AVAILABLE FROM FEBRUARY 2022

Description

Dhaka Delirium is a beautiful collection of short essays written over almost two decades. Morshed is an architect, a professor, and a public intellectual, but more than anything he is a lover of Dhaka. His passion for the city is evident in these op-ed pieces written for the general public in a straightforward language but in elegant prose… In this anthology, he turns specialized knowledge into an arena for political activism in the pursuit of social justice and policy impact.”

Nezar AlSayyad
University of California Berkley

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Title

Dhaka Delirium

Size

18.28 x 23.87 cm

Authors

Adnan Morshed

Pages

300

Subject

Architectural, urban planning, history and sociology essay

Characteristics

Paperback

Language

English

ISBN

978-84-122747-4-5

   Publication date

February 2022

About the authors

Adnan Morshed is an architect, architectural historian, and urbanist. He received his Doctorate and Master’s in Architecture from MIT, and Bachelor’s from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, where he also taught. Currently, he teaches at the School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He is the author of several books on architecture, and also frequently contributes opeds to various newspapers and online forums. He instructed courses in the Fundamentals of Structures and The History and Theory of Architecture and Architectural Design.

Readers reviews

“Dhaka Delirium is a beautiful collection of short essays written over almost two decades. Morshed is an architect, a professor, and a public intellectual, but more than anything he is a lover of Dhaka. His passion for the city is evident in these op-ed pieces written for the general public in a straightforward language but in elegant prose… In this anthology, he turns specialized knowledge into an arena for political activism in the pursuit of social justice and policy impact.”

Nezar AlSayyad
University of California Berkley

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