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Building in remote areas
I had the unique oppurtunity to conduct a construction training programme in the remote and ethereal province of Bamiyan, Afghanistan for 3 weeks.I was spellbound by the remoteness of this valley and more so by its vastness,beauty and its locals.I went there to teach but emerged as the "student"!! When we tackle remote areas, we have to totally rely on indigenous materials,labor and skill levels which have evolved over time spans which can boggle the mind. I was working with building tools/implements used in the 15th century and work more effeciently than our "modern" equivalents. The skill levels of the local populace are again so multi-faceted that they can be called "masters of all they do".This text is just a preamble to what I'm compiling about the architectural experience I went thru' which I intend to post ASAP.
Aali Qayoom
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Building in remote areas
that is what contemporary designers need to learn,respect material and craft developed through self learning and tradition.....i am impressed as well looking forward to your post.
Dushyant Nathwani
Building in remote areas
Aali, an interesting subject which shows in sharp contrast the difference between the necessary flexibility, adaptability and self-reliance of workers in small companies as opposed to the regimented, compartmentalised and stereo-typed fragmentation of workers and techniques in the modern world of mass media production, etc.

Another way of looking at this topic of "Building in remote areas" is that the farther away a village is from the main urban areas and transport system then the more expensive it becomes to supply and maintain that village when compared to the same people moving to and living in a main urban area.
Frank John Snelling
Building in remote areas
Frank,
As someone said"Its the economy,stupid!!" Well,in remote areas the economic restraints are even greater for the populace,so self-reliance in materials and skills are to be used to even a greater extent. Forget the urban paradigm here,because the "solutions" applied here by us architects are even more "remote" to an equitable resultant for the needy masses that just want a "roof" over their heads!!
Aali Qayoom
Building in remote areas
Aali, I was just trying to show the differences between urban and rural as a way of exploring the situation.

Please put up your post. :)))
Frank John Snelling
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