Proposal seeks to build sustainable houses for the earthquake affected in Nepal

Background

Nepal underwent a devastating earthquake on baisakh 12, 2072 that took many lives, injured thousands and left many families homeless. A total of 14 districts were badly hit, including places such as Gorkha, Sindupalchowk, Dhading, Kavrepalanchok, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Makwanpur, Sinshuli, Parsa, Lamjung, Palpa and Parbat districts. An estimated six Lakh houses were permanently damaged.

Hence the main aim of this project is to 'Build Back Better' in these affected areas, and bring relief to the victims. By making site visit and getting the real understanding of the ground condition, and from there developing designs is part of the design competition.

Using local materials, and appropriate technology making the building in cost effective manner so that the design is practical and buildable.

 

Concept Of Model

The designed model consists of a framework,which allows room for people’s process.The framework consists of pedi,staircase,one hall in the ground floor,one hall in the first floor and the storage in the upper floor.

The site survey has shown varying number of habitants,therefore allowing them to built further as required.The design considers petitioning of floors according to each families needs.By creating only a framework,the design maintains flexibility.

The other aspect of the design is the cost,which has been maintained at Rs. 6 lacs,therefore it becomes buildable and practical.

The design considers structural safety by using RCC in the foundation,DPC,sill and lintel and vertical rebars in the corners.The other new component the stabilised soil blocks for flooring, which is cheap and durable.The rest of the structure is of locally sourced,soil and wood.

The design takes a more realistic approach to accepting change,and mixed use of local materials and not believing in strict conservation. An evolutionary path,is considered in the making so as to fit in the context and retain certain aspects of tradition.

The design has evolved out of :

  1. Traditional associations
  2. Market forces
  3. Studies and research on material and appropriate technology.
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