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Resilience by Design: Bungamati I Nepal I 2016 September 6, 2016

    ASF-UK’s RbD programme, ASF Nepal and UN-Habitat are working with a multidisciplinary group of volunteers to support the ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction process in Bungamati, a badly-damaged historic town in the Kathmandu Valley with a wealth of traditional architecture, public spaces, heritage and cultural legacies. During this workshop, volunteers will learn and work alongside the residents and 15 community architects  and engineers, by co-designing reactivating strategies for three neighbourhood clusters in Bungamati, focusing on design, planning and building techniques….

Resilience by Design: Cartagena I Colombia I 2014 May 13, 2014

Architecture Sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK), and Fundación por la Educación Multidimensional (FEM) are working together over the next 2 years to assist 22 local communities living in the beach/mangrove ecosystem of Cartagena, Colombia to each produce a Plan Administrativo del Territorio (PAT, Territorial Management Plan) for their individual settlement. The PAT is a fundamental aspect of the documentation required in order to obtain collective land ownership titles from the State of Colombia. In order to achieve this the first step of…

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation: Bambouti I Cameroon I 2012 May 6, 2012

Cameroon Catalyst and Mosame Trust have been working in  Bambouti, Cameroon where they have so far constructed a community centre, a school and a mechanics’ workshop, designed in the UK, in collaboration with the village of Bambouti, and then constructed by villagers and completed and checked by a group of Southampton University students each summer.  Cameroon Catalyst approached ASF-UK to conduct an evaluation of their project in order to help them to critically look at the work that they had done so…

Learning in Leh I India I 2011 December 17, 2011

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…

Social Enterprise: London I 2011 May 18, 2011

The aim of the two day social enterprise seminar was to discuss and investigate the role of social enterprise in the context of alternative and ethically relevant forms of architecture practice. Social enterprise advisers gave presentations highlighting the basics of social enterprise as a business model, alongside architects with the aim of initiating conversations about the future of architecture practice and its need to become politically and socially relevant. Speakers were: Jonathan Essex (BioRegional) Barbara Beaton (Rural Sussex) Andreas Lang…

Participatory ways to work in communities: Sudan I 2011 May 17, 2011

In Sudan there is a large economic divide between social classes, not helped by a complex political background. While there are many built environment professionals dedicated to improving conditions for poorer communities there is little opportunity to do so in a participatory manner. Further to a presentation given by ASF-UK at Reading University, ASF-UK were asked by the University of Reading and the University of Khartoum to conduct a three day workshop, in order to expose Sudanese built environment professionals…

Local vs. Global I Ghana I 2011 May 16, 2011

Ghana is experiencing a housing crisis as outlined in the recent UN-Habitat housing profile. Like many rapidly developing countries, people in Ghana are increasingly turning their back on local construction, in favor of western principles perceived as the vision for a modern globalised society. Current building practice is moving towards an increasingly standardised format using expensive and imported materials often with a lack of appropriate construction skills. These trends pose social, economic and environmental challenges towards the development of the built environment. The workshop delved into the…

Building in Leh I India I 2011 May 10, 2011

A year after the August 2010 floods in Ladakh, the children at Leh Girls School were still using a partially collapsed and dangerous toilet block. This project provided a replacement three cubicle toilet block and new hand washing facilities for the school. With the introduction of modern imported materials to the Himalayan region of Ladakh, many of the safe and sustainable construction practices appropriate to the region have been disappearing. In Ladakh, a desert region without a waterborne sewage system, the introduction of flushing toilets is wasting precious water supplies and increasing the…

Vulnerability and Risk: the role of green technology I Almora, Uttarakhand, India I 2010 May 12, 2010

India loses 1% of its housing stock, approximately 2 million homes, each year as a result of natural disasters. In a context of recurrent disasters, the workshop addressed the challenge of how to build back better in order to reduce vulnerability and build resilience for future disasters. The workshop explored a range of small innovations in green technology from bamboo prototypes for earthquake resistant building to compressed stabilised earth blocks in the context of the Indian Himalayas. Download a pdf>>…

Edible Places #1 & #2: The Eden Project I Cornwall I UK I 2009 December 17, 2009

2009 Food production and consumption in the modern world has become dependent on fossil fuels, following the increase in monoculture agriculture reliant on heavy machinery, artificial chemical fertilisers (pesticides and herbicides), the consumption of processed foods and the distance from farm to fork – food miles.  This creates a disconnection between the producer and the end consumer, which in turn has a negative economic and social impact. As well as reducing food security, these practices are having a devastating effect…

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