Shelter made from local materials designed for homeless Nepal earthquake survivors

A team of architects have used metal sheets and bamboo to build a prototype shelter for victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless by the earthquake that struck the country in April, prompting architects Charles Lai of Hong Kong and Takehiko Suzuki from Tokyo to start developing solutions.

Their aim was to design a structure that can be constructed by anyone. Now, by downloading a set of illustrated instructions from the internet, a team of workers in the disaster area can build a variety of different structures using cheap and locally available materials.

“One of the obstacles faced by disaster relief agencies in Nepal is that transportation across the mountainous country is tremendously difficult,” explained Lai.

“Many of the road surfaces are not paved properly and are too narrow for trucks with heavy loads.”