Architecture 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.
With the mission to focus on long term reconstruction, we are working in Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform in coordination with partners and the community. The construction includes community buildings, school and houses with a holistic approach of reconstruction; upgrading economy, capacity building and promoting sustainability, local materials, technology and preservation of Vernacular Architecture. We have been working in Kavrepalanchowk, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Dhading and Rasuwa districts of Nepal which is severely damaged by the earthquake.
What We Do?
ASF Nepal Compiles and disseminates expertise and knowledge on reconstruction guidelines and technical advice for those involved in the reconstruction effort. We provide the service of translating and distributing government guidelines.
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 Nuwakot, Kavrepalanchowk, Rasuwa,Dhading and Dolakha districts of Nepal which is severely damaged by the Earthquake. ASF Nepal is focusing on Social mobilization, Technical Assistance, Tiered Assistance and Market Development through participatory approach and owner driven reconstruction methodology. This approach will support local communities and households in rebuilding their homes by themselves and will also aware them on Build Back Better and Safer methodologies.
Local Building Culture
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.