First Urban Research Lab has been set up at BU, one of the leading private universities of the country. BoT Chairman of BU, Jamil Azher formally opened this Urban Lab at the 3rd campus of BU on December 18, 2015.

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“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” -Jane Jacobs

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  • Design effective programs for slum children.
  • Promote Volunteerism among students from different institution.

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Bangladesh University Urban Lab


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:

  1. Designing cityscapes
  2. Creating plans for urban regeneration
  3. Creating plans for restoring hydro-ecological balance
  4. Measuring pollutants in air and water
  5. Measuring impact of air pollution on human health
  6. Quantifying economic benefits of better traffic management
  7. Proposing new ideas for low-cost housing for industrial workers
  8. 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.

PILLARS


SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

Sustainable business, or green business, is an enterprise that has minimal negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy—a business that strives to meet the triple bottom line.

URBAN REGENERATION

Urban renewal, which is generally called urban regeneration ("regeneration" in the United Kingdom), "revitalization" in the United States, is a program of land redevelopment in areas of moderate to high density urban land use.

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

Technology innovation is the process through which new (or improved) technologies are developed and brought into widespread use. The technological innovation system is a concept developed

Mission & Vision:


  1. Use research and evidence to understand how cities can work better.
  2. Test the most promising, cost-effective policies and programs.
  3. Work with civic partners to implement and evaluate solutions in real time.
  4. Scale solutions to cities around the country and the world.
  5. Ensure Habitation for All.
  6. Ensure Education for All. Education is a right. Urban Lab will invest to ensure Education for Slum Children.
  7. Plan for Hydro Ecological City.
  8. Ensure Pollution Free City. Urban Lab will enhance the Air Quality and prevent the Sound Pollution of Dhaka City with the partnership of policy makers and practitioners worldwide.
  9. Design Participatory Smart City

latest news


Urban Lab Bangladesh University (BU) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) jointly launched a digital app on August 02, 2016 at Farmgate Krishibid Institute to enhance civic amenities for the city-dwellers. LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain attended the program while the Bangladesh University Board of Trustees Chairman Jamil Azhar Presided over the program. The function was also addressed by DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq and State Minister for Information Technology Junayed Ahmed Palok.

Bangladesh University Urban Lab and The Daily star jointly host the RTC on Sustainable Living for a Better Future, today, July 31, 2016 at the Daily Star centre, Dhaka. Before the start of the conference an exhibition is held on Suborna Prangon a city borne Low Income Housing Solution Initiatives. Mr. Mahfuz Anam, Editor, The Daily Star delivers the welcome address while Dr. Md. Farashuddin, Former Governor, Bangladesh Bank moderates the program. Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank Mr.

Bangladesh University (BU) Urban Lab has conducted a research on “Impact of Air Pollution on Public Health” in Dhaka. BU and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) jointly organized an event on Thu, March 31, 2016 at Krishibid Institute of Bangladesh to disseminate the findings. Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, Mr. Annisul Huq was present as Chief Guest. He emphasized the measures taken by the Government and City Corporation to improve the environment. He opined that only government measures are not sufficient.

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