Under the leadership of Wolfgang Rank and Niels Gutschow of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, 25 architecture students from the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt travelled to Bhaktapur in Nepal to build a tower. Situated on the ancient trade route to Tibet, Bhaktapur is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Its approximately 81,000 inhabitants belong to the majority ethnic group of Newar. Ahead of the trip to Nepal, the students designed bricks with different surfaces in different formats. The resulting 13 prototypes were sent to a carpenter to Bhaktapur, who made wooden model forms. Using these model forms, the Brickyard Kanca Aval produced approximately 3,600 bricks blanks from the dirt floor of the Kathmandu Valley by hand. The moist blanks were initially air dried before being fired in the kiln at about 850 ° C for nine days. Finally, the students built the tower together with local craftsmen. The tower has a square base and a side length of 3.50 meters.
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