A training hall under construction- designed and built by INBAR‘s Nepali-Colombian architect duo Nripal Adhikary and Juan Carlos Jaramillo. This 2200 sq. meter building is the largest bamboo structure in East Africa. It is part of an initiative of INBAR to introduce bamboo- ubiquitous but under utilized material- in East Africa. This is built in [...]
NEPALI WOMEN HELP REVIVE A DISAPPEARING ARCHITECTURAL ART FORM
By: Mokha master artists Shanti Chaudhari and Khedni Chaudhari, Rotary Club of Itahari Past-President Ramesh Tamraker and Canadian architect Stanley Britton
Tharu is the indigenous culture of the Terai plains east of the Koshi River between the Himalaya foothills and Nepal‚Äôs southeast border with India. Many families [...]
After long and arduous battle our kitchen is finished. The tiles looks awesome. They are made on site! They have no embodied energy what so ever- meaning they are not burnt.
During this construction, we have followed a very conventional philosophy i.e. a sound hat and a sound boot is all what you need for protection. [...]
Gate in many cultures symbolize invitation. Gates were (are) built on seas, mountains, rivers and streets to¬†welcome¬†the gods. In¬†festivals¬†seasons, Nepalis still build large structured gates, which almost look¬†like bridges. Here is an example of a large bamboo temporary gate, built for¬†the harvest¬†season. Notwithstanding¬†the cultural value, its an engineering feat in itself: connected¬†with simple ropes and [...]
It is sometimes strange how design can¬†reinforce or¬†dismantle hierarchy. We¬†weaved a traditional khatiya in our recently built pavilion, and this¬†has been¬†a center¬†of attraction in¬†the¬†whole¬†village. People sit on it irrespective of¬†their caste, class or gender distinction. In a village¬†like harsar,¬†which is still mired in traditional caste system, for everyone to sit on one bench is indeed [...]
This is what¬†the structure¬†mentioned in the previous post looks like.
The legend tells that the old lichhavi king in order to impress the gods challenged himself to build a noble kind movable structure that no one has every dared! He inverted¬†the traditional temple (which usually has shrines on¬†the bottom) and rotated it on its axis. This [...]