It was an amazing experience working with Chakraby. Chakraby’s mission is through resourcefulness to bring the Kathmandu Cycle City 2020 campaign up into the next gear by encouraging more people to ride bicycles and thereby promote environment sustainability.
Sattya collaborated with Chakraby and worked at Hariyo Chowk Community day to create mud bricks and also got a chance to learn green concepts such as sustainable farming and vertical gardening. Sattya also organized two screenings ‘Exit Through The Giftshop’ and ‘Garbage Dreams’ followed by discussions at Sattya and British Council respectively.
Followed by the Docu-Talk was the Chakraby Bicycles distribution . The main aim of giving out bikes was to to promote a greener and honk free Kathmandu and also to take the KCC 2020 campaign to the next level. Sattya being a DIY, eco-friendly, plastic free, bicycle lovers organisation are more than happy to collaborate with Chakraby and we wish them all the best.
When you donate $250 or more to Hariyo Chowk on Kickstarter, not only do you make a huge difference in our ability to make the chowk come together, but you also get to choose one of these photos at a reward. For $250, you will recieve an 8×10 print, and for $500, you will receive a 16×24 print of any one of these photos. Take a look and keep spreading the word! We need your support. Photos by Galen Stolee and Anya Vaverko.
Today our 8 wonderful interns, recently graduated architecture students from Kathmandu’s Pulchowk Engineering Campus presented 15 minute presentations on a number of relevant topics in order to teach one another.
Meredith sketches plans for Hariyo Chowk. See more of her design photos on the Hariyo Chowk Facebook page.
HARIYO CHOWK TEACH-IN #1
Thursday, March 29
12:00 pm – 4pm
Sattya Screening Room
Come hang out at Sattya this Thursday and learn some cool stuff about urban farming, permaculture and sustainable building!
We have a group of 8 wonderful interns, recently graduated architecture students from Kathmandu’s Pulchowk Engineering Campus, who will be working with us during the building of the Chowk. Welcome interns! As their first assignment, the group will be making 15 minute presentations on a number of relevant topics in order to teach one another.
This event is open to the community – come watch the presentations and participate in some group discussion. Show your support for our young designers and learn a lot too!
Earth Building (building with dirt)
Food Forest Gardening
Sustainable Urban Gardening
Rainwater collection and storage
We’ve been working really hard on preparing everything to begin the creation of Hariyo Chowk lately and now we’d like to officially introduce it to everyone because we’d never actually done that!
Over this spring and summer, Sattya is setting out to transform the courtyard space next to our building into a modern adaptation of the traditional chowk – Hariyo Chowk, a ‘green square’ that will be a space to share art and knowledge about sustainable living. As Kathmandu rapidly urbanizes, there are fewer and fewer green spaces left in a city that was not very long ago known for its strong tradition of urban farming. Building on this tradition, Hariyo Chowk will be a place to experiment, demonstrate and educate about topics like organic gardening, composting, recycling, building with natural materials, and adopting simple low-impact technologies. In addition, it will also be a much-needed gathering and exhibition space for artists, community members, and anyone who wants to use the space to share or learn.
We’ve been preparing the space for a while, but we were largely waiting for Meredith Marks to arrive…or Mer, as we call her. And now she’s here! For those of you who have not yet met Mer, she is trained architect, and a genius at using natural and reused materials to build things, and also at all kinds of sustainable farming/gardening techniques. Soon she will be launching CATALiST, a social design and development collaborative. The CATALiST website is coming out in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
We’ve got big plans for the space:
- An outdoor pavilion, built affordably and sustainably with recycled and natural materials where people can gather to exhibit creative projects, hold workshops, and plan new initiatives
- An organic garden, where vegetables, fruit, herbs and medicinal plants will be grown by and for those who care for the space
- A composting area that will allow us to manage food waste and create natural fertilizer for the garden
- A rainwater collection system that will reduce our reliance on city water
- A sunken fire pit for outdoor gatherings on chilly nights
- And more features to make the space useful, artistic, and vibrant!
If you are interested in getting involved, we would love your help- whether it’s collecting materials, donating things you may have lying around at home, or digging in the dirt. If you want to stay updated about workshops and open community work days that will be coming up at Hariyo Chowk, be sure to like our page on Facebook!
Here’s some photos from our ‘Scouring the City and Gathering Materials” outing. (See the complete set here.)
We first picked up bamboo and old furniture from Boudha- huge thanks to Norbu Sangbo for the donation! One the way back to Jawlakhel, we stopped off in Jhamsikhel to pick up a whole bunch of bottles that some medical shop had dumped there ages ago. Samir met us there…Mer and I were riding in the truck with our awesome driver Navraj, and Samir was on his cycle. I was sure he would beat us across town, but he showed up in Jhamsikhel just a little after we did, saying he was late only because he had gone home to eat
After a long lunch break, we set out for Round 2, trying to find bricks. It seemed like it would be easy with all the bricks around the city as buildings and gates get knocked down so the roads can be widened. (There are so many better uses of money to fix up the city- its frustrating to see things being destroyed to make room for more traffic, but that’s a whole other rant). However, I guess most people are reluctant to let them go. We asked one houseowner in Sanepa about his bricks since the new wall had already been completed. He said that the road department would be using them to fill in the gaps and ditches, so he we couldn’t have them. I get what he was saying, but I am pretty sure the Road Department would not have noticed a difference if they found 50 bricks less at any give site.
I was *slightly* less than enthusiastic for going to a second round only because I was tired and reeeeally wanted to work on getting this blog up, and this refusal kind of dampened my mood. We decided to go by the river where Navraj had seen bricks earlier in the week. We found one area…the bricks were too broken to be useful, but we found tons of tiles, large chunks of concrete, and large stones. By this point, my enthusiasm was up and we were all really excited searching for stuff…and at some point in all this, I found a tape measure. Santosh was with us for Round 2 (he was super excited to ride in the back of the truck) and began snapping photos, as lots of people stopped to see what we were doing and stare. Some people even helped out.
Special thanks to Sam, who had just turned up at Sattya and wound up getting sucked into collecting heavy stones by the Bagmati. And, of course, Samir (who was basically doing all the heavy lifting!), Yuki, Shreyans, Santosh, and Mer. It was fun!