SLS in Kathmandu

In September 2017 a mini version of Street Life Studies was run at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.

Over 5 days we briefly explored the potential of an observation based approach to urban design. Participants focused on a series of themes and sites in their preliminary observational exercises.


STUDIES

PATI: A MULTIFUNCTIONAL COMMUNITY SPACE
Nistha Thapa Shrestha

In this study Nistha looked at how patis (a traditional structure that provided rest for travelers) are used and accessible these days.

SMALL MEETING PLACES AROUND BOUDHA
Namrata Pandey + Shirin Barakzai

In this study 4 places were observed in order to understand activities and patterns of behaviour.

SEATIBILITY STUDY OF DURBAR SQUARE
Biggyan Paudel / Pearlson Shakya

This study tried to understand  the patterns of behaviour of people seating in Patan Durban square.

STUDY ON THE USE OF NAGPOKHARI
garima nakarmi + sadichchha shrestha

Pokhari are traditional ponds and water wells. They are not only that, they are used as holy places, for gathering, for exercise. This study mapped the different activities during the day.

STUDY ON THE USE OF UN-PARK
Diksha Shandilya / Yusna Ayer

The study observed the different range of activities taking place over a whole day at the park.

PURNACHANDI THEN AND NOW
Lasata Joshi / Dristy Shrestha

Kathmandu in recent decades has gone through drastic changes. This study looked at how activities changed in a chowk (traditional square).

LIFE IN BHIMSENTHAN AND JAISEDEGAL
Rija Joshi

Often in Kathmandu you can find unexpected clusters of activities: a temple used partially as commercial space. This study tried to map what type of activities these clusters produce.

BANESHWOR CHOWK / PLANNED VS USED
Sunayana Shrestha

One of the most visible phenomenon in Kathmandu is the discrepancy between how the physical space is planned versus the way it is actually used.
This study mapped what is happening in one of the main street intersections.

MODERNIZATION OF PATAN
Sama Shrestha + Prakriti Bhandari + Sadar Bhandari

Aside from physical heritage, there is also an intangible heritage made of small actions, skills, verbal expressions.
This study mapped what type of activities are happening on ground level around Patan area.


Participants:

Nistha Thapa Shrestha, Namrata Pandey, Shirin Barakzai, Garima Nakarmi, Sadichchha Shrestha, Biggyan Poudel, Lasata Joshi, Dristy Shrestha, Diksha Shandilya, Yusna Ayer, Rija Joshi, Sunayana Shrestha, Pearlson Shakya.


Organization partners:

Professor Sudha Shrestha, Head of Department, TU Architecture, Institute of Engineering.

Bijesh Kumar Gautam, President, ASA, Architecture Student Association

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