National identity and the capitol complex
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Bangladesh's capitol complex in Dhaka is both an important facility for an emerging nation-state and a stage in the evolution of an architect's work, it can be seen in relation to both a society and an individual's career. While this is not the place to review the whole of Louis Kahn's architectural oeuvre, it would certainly seem that the massive concrete National Assembly building and its brick outbuildings, completed in 1983, are more easily located in relation to Kahn's other works than in relation to the rest of Dhaka. The building complex is in fact perceived by some as an alternative to Dhaka rather than a part of it may be judged from the persistence of references to it in Western architectural shorthand as 'Dhaka' or 'the Dhaka building', as if this city-region of well over 10 million people had no other.