Review

ASF-International Forum and General Meeting in Nepal

May 28, 2015 |

EWB-Nepal and ASF-Nepal will be hosting the week-long international event in Kathmandu this June

Nepal is set to witness this year’s Architecture Sans Frontières (ASF)- International Forum and General Assembly (GA) Meeting first hand as Engineers Without Borders (EWB)-Nepal / ASF- Nepal are hosting the international event in Kathmandu from June 15-20. Members of ASF-International–an organisation for socially equitable architecture founded as a result of an increased interest in social and environmental issues in relation to the built environment, and dissatisfaction regarding the ethical standards of mainstream architecture–will be travelling from all parts of the world to attend the meeting here. Also attending will be prospective members, partner organisations and well-wishers.

SPACES Magazine are co-organisers and official media partners of the event. As Nepal’s first and leading architecture magazine, SPACES has covered a range of issues thematically bound to the art, architecture and interior spheres. In recent years, the magazine has also participated in and organised several national and international expositions, often serving as official media partners of such events.

The ASF-Intl programme will commence with a Challenging Practice and Training the Trainers seminar at the Institute of Engineering (IOE), Pulchowk, which will continue till June 16. IOE are the event hosts and their Pulchowk campus serves as the official venue for the week-long event. June 17 will host an ASF dialogue while the 18th has been reserved for project visits and the first ASF Award Ceremony.

The ASF Award, which will be given for the very first time this year, has been founded with the purpose of sharing the most efficient solutions developed by architects globally, addressing the many social, environmental and economic challenges facing built environments. ASF, in partnership with South of North–a collaboration between Nordic architects working in the non-profit sector in developing environments–will be giving out two prizes: Prize for the Social Production of Habitat and Prize for Challenging Practice, this year.

ASF hope that the award will “promote efficient solutions among the design profession and the general public, encouraging an exchange of ideas and challenging the profession to develop the construction of social facilities and infrastructure for the benefit of the most vulnerable sectors of the world’s population”.

A range of other events and seminars will take place throughout the week with the GA meeting itself being held on June 19. In addition, EWB-Nepal will be hosting a seminar day (ASF Dialogue 2015) with invited and regional speakers as well as presentations from ASF-International members.

A number of site and city visits in and around Kathmandu have also been planned so that ASF members can see the present state of the city for themselves and discuss the opportunities and challenges it is facing at the moment. Projects carried out by EWB-Nepal and other similar groups will be also analysed. The event wraps up on June 20 with these city tours.

 


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