HOUSING REPORT: Traditional oval-shaped rural stone house

This housing report looks at housing typologies in Nepal, with a focus on traditional oval-shaped rural stone houses. This is a typical rural construction concentrated in the central mid-mountain region, particularly in the Kaski, Syangja, Parbat, and Baglung districts. (The country is divided into 75 administrative districts.) These primarily residential buildings are basically loose-fitting, load-bearing structures, constructed of uncoursed rubble stone masonry walls and a timber structure for the floor and roof. Village artisans play a pivotal role in these owner-builtbuildings. Because of the loss of integrity during an event, they are expected to be extremely vulnerable from the effects of an earthquake.