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Reading Time: 6 minutes A city doesn’t become a city overnight; it starts out as a settlement with a handful of people and buildings. It is only after gaining a large number of residents and completing a great deal of urban development does it start to resemble a city. However, in this day and age, we have an alternative in regards to the growth of cities. Nations today don’t have to rely on organic growth to develop areas for the population; they can plan it. So the question is, when it comes to urban development in Bangladesh, which one is better; planned or organic growth? Should we let natural progression dictate the growth of a city or plan out how to develop it? Let’s take a look at how planned and organic growth impacts different aspects of urban development in Bangladesh so you can decide for yourself. Residential Space With every person migrating to…

Reading Time: 4 minutes In today’s world, businesses move faster than ever and everyone has to strive to remain competitive in the market. A calculated strategy can take a business sky high if executed in the right manner. One of such strategies is the placement of the business. It plays a vital role in many aspects including positioning the brand. Hence, the top management spends a great deal of time figuring out their next move and aligning their plans. In Dhaka, Motijheel used to be the only commercial zone, but nowadays many modern businesses are choosing Gulshan as their office location. So what makes Gulshan the perfect commercial hub in Dhaka? Let’s find out. Modern Office Spaces Evidently, modern businesses have diverse needs while choosing an office space. It is not only limited to brick and mortar anymore. There are technological needs, parking requirements, security and monitoring and of course emergency concerns. Keeping these…

Reading Time: 5 minutes We always look for ways to make things easier in our life; ways that will help us complete tasks with little to no effort. In fact, some of the most influential inventions and innovations have been to improve how we live and provide convenience. The innovation of smart gadgets has brought great convenience for us. Today, with just the push of a button on our phones or even voice commands, we can control various aspects of the home. The concept of a smart home is a new one to many Bangladeshi people; however, its popularity is quickly rising. Let’s take a quick look at 7 types of smart home gadgets that are sure to make your life immensely easier. Voice-Controlled Assistants When you are thinking about making your home intelligent, you need a hub that will help you control the ecosystem. That’s where smart speakers or ‘assistants’ come in. Devices…

Reading Time: 4 minutes The private housing sector in Bangladesh started its journey in the 1970s. Over the last two decades, the real estate industry in Bangladesh has grown and demand has increased due to a high urbanization rate. Especially after 1990, an industrial boom sprang in the country. It initiated the need for industrial buildings, corporate offices, housing units, roads and other types of infrastructure. To supply the market’s needs and grab the business opportunity, several real estate development companies entered the industry. Delivering quality and gradually gaining trust, a handful of developers are now dominating the real estate sector across multiple segments. Let’s go through these segments of real estate developments in Bangladesh. Conventional Residential Apartments Studies indicate that Dhaka has an increasing urbanization rate of 3.25% per annum. Due to rapid rural to urban migration and high population growth, more people choose Dhaka as their destination for better opportunities. Since the…

Reading Time: 4 minutes The season to buy new warm clothes is upon us. It’s time to rummage through our closets to determine which article of clothing is still in good condition and what needs to be bought. And after figuring out what you need, it’s time to go out and buy the necessary clothes. But where to go to find winter clothes in Dhaka? Sure, there are quite a few magnificent shopping malls in Dhaka; but what are the best places to get them? Let’s see. New Market New Market isn’t made up of just one shopping center, but several put together. It is a great location to buy clothes in general, as the variety of products and the low-prices of apparels draw people from all walks of life. Jackets, sweaters, scarfs, vests; every form of winter wear can be found there in great numbers. Additionally, you can also find these items in…

Reading Time: 5 minutes There is a great trend that we’ve started to see in Dhaka and we love it. People have been setting up little gardens on their roof for years, but now the practice has become more widespread. Some make their gardens beautiful and flowery while others opt for more nutritional gardens full of fruits and vegetables. Some just put together a green rooftop to emulate the sense of escape from the city. Regardless of type, we love them all. Today we’ll go through how you can begin creating a rooftop garden. Assessment of Area When you plan on creating a rooftop garden, you first need to know what you’re working with. Surprisingly, or maybe not if you’re already knowledgeable on the topic, gardening is a really heavy task; literally. Pots, earth and the plants themselves are incredibly heavy. You need to run a proper assessment of the roof to know if…

Reading Time: 2 minutes Gas stoves definitely have some perks; their user-friendliness is more than any other appliance. There are no restrictions when using various kinds of pots, be it stainless steel or cast iron. It takes only a few seconds to heat up and controlling the intensity of the heat is pretty easy, too, which gives you total control over the cooking process. Not to mention that they are relatively cheaper than other options. You only have to pay a small amount of cash every month for unlimited usage. Keeping the gas stove clean is pretty easy, too (as long as you can take care of the unwanted grease around it). But recently, there has been a noticeable shortage of gas in a lot of neighborhoods. Sometimes there will be very little fire in the morning which makes it difficult for everyone to cook. People are already looking for alternative options. Here’s what…

Reading Time: 5 minutes What do we see when we look at the interior of a house? Do we see the furniture in front of us? Do we see how the colors where matched and contrasted? Or do we see individual articles and artifacts? Whatever it may be, we tend to ask the owner if they like a specific type of something. Why? Because we get a little insight into their personality when we see their home décor. Let’s see how interior design style describes the personality of the owner? Minimalist Having a minimalist home design is very popular as it can be very clean and sleek. Of course there are limits to being a minimalist, but a common formula is used to keep things in check. The priority list goes: aesthetics, quality, texture, and efficiency, in that order. Clean colors like white are a favorite, so focus can fall on the articles and…

Reading Time: 4 minutes Real estate and stock market are two vital parts of Bangladesh’s economy. Where real estate business only deals with properties, the stock market doesn’t have any particular products or services. Instead, it works as an intermediary and provides a platform to list companies for stock transactions. Real estate is one of the sectors listed in the exchange out of a total of 22 industries. Since both of them function as investment options, they can impact each other and benefit from one another as well. Let’s find out how real estate effects the stock market. Purpose of Investment Before getting into how real estate effects the stock market, let’s take a look at why companies and individuals go for stocks in the first place. Any share of a company in the market represents a right to equity of that particular organization. In exchange for the equity, the individuals or other entities…

Reading Time: 5 minutes The environment you are in can have a great deal of influence on mood and productivity. And since many of us spend a large part of the day in the office, we put in great effort in office decoration. To some extent, it is the home away from home, unless you have an actual home office. Even then, there are many ways to organize a home office to increase productivity and mood. As for decorating office or workspace, you can customize it in several ways that will reflect who you are, boost mood & productivity as well as motivate & re-energize you during those long hours. Add Some Inspiring Colors Colors have the ability to alter how you feel at work and determine your mindset. Surrounding yourself with the right color palette will create an encouraging mindset. For example, the color blue is often found to be quite soothing, while…