The Urban Lab at Bangladesh University conducts interdisciplinary research in the areas of environment, infrastructure, industry, energy, education, technology, and urban planning to create better cities of tomorrow.
Urbanization is an important issue facing the world today. Globally, more people live in cities than in rural areas. By 2050, 66% of the global population is projected to live in urban areas. The rapid growth of urbanization creates unique challenges for sustainable development, especially in low and middle income countries. Unplanned urbanization degrades the environment, increases pollution, affects public health, worsens traffic congestion, damages ecological balance, overburdens energy systems, and puts pressure on affordable housing— in addition to triggering a myriad other social, environmental, and infrastructural problems.
To help create ‘Smart Cities’, Urban Lab conducts practical research to assist policymakers and stakeholders to discover novel solutions. Our past activities include:
- Designing cityscapes
- Creating plans for urban regeneration
- Creating plans for restoring hydro-ecological balance
- Measuring pollutants in air and water
- Measuring impact of air pollution on human health
- Quantifying economic benefits of better traffic management
- Proposing new ideas for low-cost housing for industrial workers
- Creating digital solutions for citizen engagement
Leveraging the resources of Bangladesh University (www.bu.edu.bd), we offer our students, faculty members, researchers, and partners a unique opportunity to help solve important problems of our time. We also interface with government decision makers to help translate research results into meaningful outcomes. We welcome mutually beneficial collaboration with institutions worldwide to augment shared knowledge and enhance shared skills.