We believe in an economic model, where one does not have to choose between planet or the people. Modern construction is one of the most polluting and extractive industry and it does not have to be so. Even the so called Green Architecture of today are not so green because the materials they use require huge amounts of resources to produce. Where as, there are plenty of materials in nature that are strong, beautiful and healthy which can solve humans need for wholesome shelter without having an adverse ecological footprint. Such materials in our context are earth and bamboo.
Building homes with earth and bamboo are healthy because they breathe like cotton while maintaining healthy moisture and thermal level. They are also strong-bamboo has one of the highest weight to strength ratio- properties analogous to carbon fiber. In Gorkha Earthquake 2015, the structures we had designed, using the technology we our survived the tremor- including Balimtar School which was only 12 km. east of the epicenter.
ABARI was established in 2006 in Nepal as a socially and environmentally committed research, design and build firm in order to examine, encourage, and celebrate the vernacular architectural tradition with its intricate links to the crafts, people and the forest.
According to the last Nepali Census, over 83% of the nations houses are made with traditional materials that have adapted to the different geographies, climates and cultures of Nepal.
Our works are craft based with a strong engagement with community and the planet. We do not believe in mass housing with industrial cookie-cutter design. Our processes are slow- yet they move in human rhythm. We build only 2-3 construction projects in one year and do it with love. In monsoon, we spend our time in farming and plantation. In Chitwan we are working with 200 farmers and artisans who have planted bamboo along river banks; which has not only regenerated the banks but also provided additional resources and biodiversity. Similarly, we have trained above 300 indigenous craftsman with ancient and moderns skills so they create beautiful baskets, furniture and homes.
Post - Earthquake Scenario : Given the high number homes that needed to be rebuilt and the scattered nature of earthquake-affected settlements, ABARI promoted a decentralized ODR approach. We believe Owner Driven Reconstruction (ODR) is identified as a dignified approach encouraging individual homeowners to implement safe building design and construction in natural disaster affected areas. We distributed free Open Source Design of school, permanent and semi permanent homes that had thousands of downloads. Using our design we were able to build more than 8 schools and 30 homes in less than 2 years
Clients in the past
Government of Nepal
Government of Bhutan
The World is my Country
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Indian Institute of Technology
Colorado State University
Dekeyser & Friends Foundation
Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya
Kopila Valley School