Dhaka/ City Fabric Under Modernization
Map 1: Dhaka University Area
Map 2: Old Dhaka City Nowadays
Map 3: Wari- New Town Planning Under British Rule – and Surroundings
From Map 2, it can be seen that the “Old Dhaka” still remains the original Mughal layout of the human scale city, which the narrow lanes, compacted but tidy buildings, etc. can still be identified in the map. However, compared with Map 1, the Dhaka University was welly planned with greenery and large open spaces between buildings and roads. This illustrated the idea that during the British colonial time, planner Sir Patrick Geddes’ planning of conserving area to accommodate growth was never carried out in areas outside the Dhaka University area, even though the renewal period of Dhaka, in fact, there is a clear line between the “planned and unplanned” area that can tell from the satellite view which the density of buildings and open space have a huge difference. The unchanged city fabric since Mughal period might have also illustrated a possibility that this part of the city has long been an important trade port equipped with trade markets, which is supported by ships parking along the coast and the name of the neighboring location, Babu Bazaar.
In Map 3, it is clear that the city fabric are different as Wari is planned in well defined grid, which can be identified compared with its surroundings where the regularity of the grid is being dissolved.