The Fulbright Forum
On behalf of the Fulbright Commission, we cordially invite you to the launch of
the Kathmamboo Project, co-created by Fulbright Global Scholar Lance Rake with Abari.
Venue: Baggikhana, Yalamaya Kendra, Patan Dhoka
Date: January 7, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
About Kathmamboo Project
Kathmamboo project aims to design, build, and test an affordable and sustainable bamboo cargo bike. This innovative electric bamboo cargo bike is designed to address the problems of pollution, noise, and congestion in the Thamel neighborhood by providing an alternative to gas-powered motorcycles and scooters for food delivery services and general small business/retail delivery services. This research project has been carried out with the support of the Global Fulbright Scholar Grant.
About Global Fulbright Scholar Lance Rake
Lance Rake has been a practicing Industrial designer for over 40 years, and an educator for over 30 years. He was honored as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2015 and again as a Global Fulbright Scholar in 2019. He is currently Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Kansas, and a visiting professor in the universities of England, Sweden, India, Nepal, and Australia. As a Fulbright Global Scholar, Professor Rake is designing, building, and testing an affordable, sustainable bamboo cargo bike in collaboration with Kathmandu University graduates and Abari.
Abari was established in 2006 in Nepal as a socially and environmentally committed research, design, and build firm in order to examine, encourage, and celebrate the vernacular architectural tradition with its intricate links to the crafts, people, and the forest. Abari has successfully served clients like the government of Nepal and Bhutan, the Asia Foundation, Chaudhari Group, Care Nepal, MIT, UNDP, Dwarika’s Hotel, and many more.
The most prominent work of Abari with engineered bamboo can be seen at Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP). A guided tour of Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya will be provided at the end of the program.