House with earthquake resistant features Suji, Manoj
Along with access to materials and their cost, workmanship has also been a huge part of the discussion during the reconstruction phase after the 2015 earthquake. Without following proper construction techniques, even reinforced concrete structures, which are widely seen as being more earthquakeresistant, would not be stronger than any others. Here in this photo, the cornerstones have been placed tightly in alignment and the horizontal and other bands have been utilised as well, indicating skilled construction work. 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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