Bamboo and earth buildings for the preservation of traditional Nepali architecture, the construction of earthquake resistant housing and a contribution towards reforestation

 

About abari

abari researches, designs and builds houses out of bamboo and rammed earth. It also trains local people in how to build their own houses with bamboo.

abari was started by Nripal in 2011 and it had built several buildings before the earthquake hit in 2015. The earthquake highlighted a unique feature of bamboo; that it is earthquake resistant. Even a school built by abari at the epicentre of the earthquake survived the tremors. Since then, abari has played a significant role in rebuilding Nepal and has experienced massive growth. abari is involved in the construction of commercial buildings such as hotels and coffee shops, as well as influencing others to build sustainably.

As bamboo is a highly sustainable resource, abari is helping to preserve the environment and also with soil conservation. abari is providing beautiful, high quality and affordable housing for the Nepali population and at the same time helping to preserve the ancient tradition in Nepal of building with bamboo.

Challenge

During the earthquake, more than 2.8 million people were displaced from their homes, more than 500,000 houses were destroyed and more than 270,000 houses were damaged. Building with concrete had for a long time been a symbol of wealth in Nepal, but this method is too expensive for most of the population of Nepal, one of the materially poorest countries in the world. Furthermore, these concrete buildings are not proven to resist earthquakes and are also detrimental to the environment.

Contribution the Sustainable Development Goals