Location: Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal
Partner:Nepal Communitere
Project: Resource Center
Cost: 1 500 000NPR
Status: Under construction
Area: 400 m2
Architect: Frederik Dolmans

COMMUNITERE RESOURCE CENTER & INNOVATION HUB

On 25 April 2015, the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in over 80 years killed more than 8,800 people, and left 2.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Communities across the country were left in a state of trauma and insecurity. The Nepali people have the desire and passion to rebuild their lives, homes, and livelihoods, but many are left without the tools and resources required to start and carry out this process. In addition to the destruction caused by the earthquakes, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, currently ranked 145th on the Human Development Index (UNDP, 2014). Nepal and its people need resources and tools for long-term, locally driven innovation and economic development.

The purpose of the Nepal Communitere RC is to bring communities and organizations together and to provide them with the resources and tools they need to rebuild, renew and develop Nepal. It wil be a hub for innovation, idea sharing and collective problem-solving. The building will serve as a platform for collaboration and co-working between NGOs, INGOs, local entrepreneurs and community leaders. It will host events (TEDx etc), training workshops, education programs, as well as being a maker-space, with a tool library, media lab, 3D printers and modelling equipment.

Communitere was donated 18 shipping containers by the UN, which act as the primary structure. The design was refined after extensive consultations with local and international partners to identify the resources and facilities needed and required by them. The building uses sustainably sourced materials and showcases passive techniques for interior conditioning.

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