Friday, June 5, 2015

Nepal Earthquake | Rebuilding the Villages

Re-building a home at Kaaule village, Nuwakot, Nepal
With the monsoons just around the corner, most villagers are looking to build quick temporary shelters which can protect them from the rain. Most of these shelters will be built with galvanised iron sheets with zinc coating and there is a huge demand for G I sheets in Nepal right now. The villages which we have been supporting  - Kaaule and Bhangeri - in Nuwakot district are yet to receive their full quota of sheets.

Along with this architects and planners are thinking of low cost prototypes which will be better equipped to handle earthquakes and these will form the bulk of the permanent housing in the villages.

Ashish Sharan Lal is a conservation architect who visited Kaaule and Bhangeri villages one month after the earthquake to see for himself the damage and plan for the future.

In this video shot at Kaaule village, Sharan shares his thoughts on re building the village.

I also quite liked the design of the houses using earthbags which has already been used in Nepal.

Do visit which describes how to make these buildings in details.

Bond beam on earthbag school in Nepal.

For anyone interested in building with earthbag construction in Nepal contact:
Travis Hughbanks, Edge of Seven, Edge of Seven Blog, U.S.A.
hugh2834 [at] 


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