Using the Government Girls School as a focus, the workshop explored strategies for improving the safety and sustainability of the existing school buildings and improving the quality of the learning environment. With the introduction of modern imported materials to the area, many of the construction practices appropriate to the region have been disappearing, and so a key part of the project was researching and learning from traditional buildings and studying and critiquing current building practices. During the workshop we experimented with traditional, salvaged and modern materials with an aim to promote their appropriate use amongst the local community. This ecologically fragile Himalayan region is at risk of earthquakes and flooding. Floods in August 2010 had killed more than 200 people so it was essential that our proposals addressed issues of safety and sustainability in the built environment.