Use more DESIGN and imagination, to MAKE with less and local resources and let hope MULTIPLY in knowledge, life, participation, and opportunity.
This initiative has been started by a team of four, two architects and two engineers. It had begun as a response to the Gorkha Earthquake in Nepal on 25 April 2015. Realizing that the local building design and construction practice are inadequate to withstand major earthquake. And, simple enhancement to the Nepali existing traditional house design and construction could have helped reduce the devastation and number of lives lost. The team of four set out to promote the enhanced design, in anticipation of future major earthquake in Nepal.
DESIGN imagine, explore and describe ideas, ideals and approaches
MAKE realize, manifest and construct using locally available material and skills in difficult and inaccessible sites with less cost
MULTIPLY hope, encourage and enhance positive impacts in transferable knowledge, adaptable technology, enhancement of live and livelihood for the people in the site, proliferation of opportunity - including participation from more people of all backgrounds, including the ones assisted by the initiative, to contribute in the same nature
The inaugural project has been realized by sponsorship of and through cooperation with Education & Health Nepal (EHN). DXM provided architectural and structural design input to EHN for their implementation. DXM provides the design free of charge.
Yong Sy Lyng
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Featured on Departure Magazine’s “Sustainable Housing in Nepal”, 6 July 2016