This “Guideline on Proper Construction Practices for Non–Engineered Building –(Stone Masonry)” prepared by the Standards and Quality Control Authority with the financial assistance from UNDP –
Bhutan and support from the Department of Disaster Management, MoHCA, provides simple yet effective “planning and construction techniques” to improve and enhance the resilience to earthquake events of stone masonry houses.
In May, June and July 2012, GHI Performed an initial seismic vulnerability assessment of JDWNRH. The assessment is intended to provide the hospital, the Ministry of Health and SEARO with an overview of the hospital’s Seismic vulnerabilities, and to recommend actions to improve the hospital’s ability to deliver medical care following a major earthquake affecting Thimphu. This report Presents the GHI evaluation team’s findings and recommendations.
International Competition on Cultural Landscape in Bhutan 2014
-its interpretation and ways to enhance the safeguarding of cultural landscape
A Cultural Landscape is the result of harmonious interaction between humankind and its natural environment. Such landscapes are thus illustrative of the evolution of human society and settlement over time. Some elements that constitute cultural landscape are traditional buildings, rice terraces, pasture lands, community forests, scared places and mountain passes. Cultural Landscape reflects specific culture, indigenous knowledge and techniques of sustainable land-use and spiritual association of human with the nature.
Bhutan as a whole reflects a unique cultural landscape bearing witness to a distinctive history, culture, wisdom and custom of the people of Bhutan. Sustaining this cultural landscape would strengthen national cohesion, identity and unity of the people of Bhutan benefitting both the present and future generations. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every citizen of Bhutan to safeguard individual heritage sites and the cultural landscape in general.
Damage Assessment of Rammed Earth Buildings – After the September 18, 2011 Earthquake
The 18th September 2011 earthquake with the epicenter in Sikkim and recorded magnitude of 6.9 damaged several buildings in Bhutan. The Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites(DCHS) office under the Department of Culture immediately deputed a team to the affected areas of Haa and Paro Dzongkhags, where this earthquake had damaged maximum number of buildings. The team documented the damages caused by the earthquake to the rammed earth houses so as to understand the various types of damages that had occurred on different buildings located at a particular area.
The data collected during this survey is expected to provide an overview of the performance of rammed earth houses during an earthquake. This data will also be utilized for undertaking structural analysis of traditional construction techniques in Bhutan, which are extensively, used for the construction of rural houses and heritage buildings.
Proceedings of the International Conference on Disaster Management and Cultural Heritage “Living in Harmony with the four elements”
Natural disasters represent nature at its most destructive form. The wrathful form of the Four Elements of nature -Earth, Water, Fire and Wind -exprienced through earthquakes, landslides , volcanoes, floods, tsunamis, forest fires and wind storms are caused due to interruption in the relationships of these four elements in nature. It is believed in many indigenous communities that the key to mitigate the impact of disasters lies in living in harmony with these four elements of nature as they are not just causes of disasters but also nurture mankind. In this context, local communities around the world have adapted cultural and traditional practices to live in harmony with nature. These are invaluable sources of knowledge and local technology developed over many centuries.Since the main objective of the Conference is to highlight the indigenous practices and traditions in mitigating the impact of disasters, the International Conference on Disaster Management and Cultural Heritage, therefore adopted the theme “Living in Harmony with the Four Elements”.
Survey on Historical Monuments in Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag
The monuments for this survey were selected from National Inventory carried out by Division for Conservation of Architectural Heritages based on the following criteria:
1. Monuments that were established before the 17th century
2. Monuments that has more historical and architectural significance
To provide following information for the selected twenty six monuments under Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag:
- Historical background of the monument, as per the information provided by caretaker/lam of the monument
- Photographic documentation of the monument
- Architectural documentation of the monument