The Woven Window: Alternate Methods for Preservation of traditional Windows in the Kathmandu Valley
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The windows of Kathmandu are ornate, and hold social significance. They connect the resident to the social activities of the exterior. Modern designs do not consider the social significance of the window in its design. In April 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Traditional masonry structures in the Kathmandu Valley faced the most extensive destruction, while many newer reinforced concrete buildings fared better. As Nepal moves into reconstruction after the earthquake, traditional Newar buildings are being replaced by structures using reinforced concrete frames and brick infill. This construction method is changing the aesthetics of the Newar homes, their interior organization, and the character of the city, yet, these methods do not adequately address earthquake resilience. The proposed thesis aims to look at the damages suffered during the earthquake and find design solutions for renovation efforts. The thesis focuses on the Newari window, as an opportunity for design. The design focuses on the opportunity to use the window to strengthening the timber construction, and also accentuates the window within the masonry. The design augments the weaving pattern between the masonry and timber structures.