Architectures Sans Frontieres Nepal (ASF Nepal) is a non – profit NGO established in 2015 by a group of professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering and the built environment, aiming to contribute to the sustainable development of disadvantaged communities in Nepal by sharing technical and scientific expertise, thereby helping communities improve the quality of their lives.
ASF Nepal is a legally registered at the CDO Office and the Social Welfare Council as a non-governmental organization. It is a member of Architecture Sans Frontieres International Network registered in 2009 in France under statutes of according to French law as an International NGO representing various national NGOs following common Hasselt Charter with the interest in social and environmental issues in relation to the built environment and dissatisfaction with ethical standards of mainstream architecture.
More specifically, ASF-Nepal’s aims are: to form a dynamic and cooperative platform for architects, engineers and professionals who want to exchange knowledge and experience with disadvantaged communities in the fields of technology and natural science, through long term contributions based on local needs and demands; to initiate and perform development related projects; to support communities to recover and reconstruction from any disaster; to support existing education programs; to support development programs that enhance the sustainability of communities; to support distribution of knowledge as a means to arouse the interest of organizations in Nepal’s development; to collaborate with other organizations in sustainable development projects; to research, promote and disseminate sustainable technologies and architectural and engineering solutions aimed at the development of communities.
What we do
ASF Nepal Compiles and disseminates experties and knowledge on reconstruction duidelines and stratigies, offers guidance and technical advice for those involved in the reconstruction effort. We provide the service of translating and distributing government guidelines. We conduct training and sensitisation of stake holders and NGO volunteers for larger dissemination and implementation.
The Technical Support and advisory Office(TSO) is a project envisioned by ASF Nepal. The Tecnical Support Office supports Nepalese organisations with local knowledge and foreign expertise to promote Build Back Better and Safer methods for a sustainable reconstruction. The Technical Support provides it services to any NGO or CBO involved in the reconstruction effort and in need of technical assistance.
ASF Nepal is providing assistance in Salme V.D.C. and Panchkhal municipality of Nuwakot and Kavrepalanchowk District repectively which is severely damaged by the Earthquake. ASF Nepal is focusing on four key pillars (Social mobilization, Technical Assistance, Tiered Assistance, Market Development) developed by Habitat for Humanity which will be implemented through participatory approach and promoting owner driven reconstruction methodology.
Local Architecture promoter
Local architecture is developed from adaptation of a community to physical and environmental condition of the territory in which it is founded. Centuries of experience and practice have led to wide diversity of building culture resulting in different kinds of building systems in different parts of Nepal. ASF Nepal promotes these local building based on our survey and knowledge of past experiences.