As I walked along the riverside in Dalah, many pillars appeared in front of me. The houses in this small village were built on the slope of the river, with the floor parallel to the road, supported by many thin pillars. From the riverside, the houses looked like they were built on stilts. It is true that in humid Myanmar, I often see high-floored houses when I leave the city. But the houses in this village seem to be like this, not so much to avoid the humidity, but because there is less flat land.
The pillars are not only used to support the floor of the house, but also to hang things out to dry, and there are laundry and fishing nets hanging out to dry. But when I looked closely between the pillars, I didn't see any drainage pipes of any kind. There was electricity in this small village (I could see a power line running through it), but there was no running water. Drinking water must come from a nearby well.
Despite this situation, some of the villagers have smartphones. Water and sewage systems are not yet in place, but they still have smartphones. It seems like the order of civilization is wrong. But when I see people happily exchanging messages with each other, it makes me feel that being connected to people is probably more satisfying to them than turning on a faucet and getting water, or having a flushable toilet.
|Dec 2018 ARCHITECTURE MYANMAR|
|DALAH FISH NET HOUSE LAUNDRY PILLAR|
December 10, 2018
November 17, 2020
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