Bamboo at work. In¬†the the village of Harsar,¬†where bamboo has been used for ages,¬†this demonstration does indeed come as a¬†revelation. The word “truss” is entering¬†the local vocabularly, and indeed the local sceptics of bamboo are thinking twice. The local carpenters¬†are lining up to¬†learn¬†the new¬†techniques.
courtesy: Egr. Pratik Lohani
Here is an example of a thatched roof from Japan. Thatched roof tradition is a somewhat in danger of getting lost because it requires very intricate skills to install. However, properly put thatched roof can last for more then 30 years. The advantages of thatched roof include very good insulation, available [...]
¬†A rice field in Harsar, Laos. The elevated bamboo houses are very common in this part of the world. The advantages of elevated houses are protection against flood, snakes, rats. The space in the bottom are also used for storage space.
We are doing a series on the Sukumbasis (Internally Displaced People), who are living on a below poverty level along Monohara River, the river which divides Kathmandu from Bhaktapur. In this shelter lives a young mom, who is in her thirties with her 4 year old son. She makes her living by collecting sand from [...]
Here is an example of housing along Monohara river where poverty level is below satisfactory. People from this house earn from 30 to 150 Rs. (.45 cents to 2$ ) a day. Even bamboo and mud is out of reach for many of them. A bamboo costs about 150 Rs. per piece and mud costs [...]
These traditional bamboo beams have overcome the test of time. They have been there for ever. In the traditional houses, people still use wood or dried cow dung for cooking. These traditional stoves produce lots of smoke, which then accumulate on the bamboo beams. These unintended accumulation of smoke on the beams act as a [...]