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New one-room house Suji, Manoj


During the reconstruction period following the 2015 earthquake, many people built one-room houses in order to access government grants, which were distributed upon reaching certain construction milestones. These one-room houses obviously do not meet the needs of the families, and will also further contribute to their debt when they do eventually build a house more suited to their needs. There were several other factors leading to the abundance of this type of house however, including an overwhelming emphasis on building houses based on the templates designed in the centrally located Kathmandu, failure of the government to inform people of new engineering practices, and insufficient grants to build a proper house. Taken during the 1st phase of fieldwork conducted by the research team based at Social Science Baha in Kathmandu, Nepal, as part of the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, ‘Expertise, Labour and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction’. See project details at https://elmnr.arts.ubc.ca/.

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