Future Cities; Re-imagining Kathmandu. Part 1
S2E1- 10 March 2020
This is the first instalment of 3 part episode Future Cities; Re-imagining Kathmandu where we discuss public spaces, and unmanaged rapid urbanisation of Kathmandu valley. In this part, we speak with researchers and artist regarding environmental design, landscape architect, community involvement and open spaces and its impact on children.
You will also hear short clips from our upcoming contributors Rukshana Kapali and Rohit Ranjitkar in this instalment.
Architect, Landscape architect, Action Researcher, PHD Candidate
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Halle (Saale), Germany.
Apekshya current research is on planning open spaces with and for the children in local context of Kathmandu. Her research aims to develop a concept of child friendly spaces in an urban setting together with children in the planning process as well as management.
Environmental designer and architect
Bina is a design activist, creative environmental designer with an interdisciplinary approach to dissecting and targeting complex urban areas.
Her passion is expanding the methods through which architectural practices can improve living conditions, bring social and environmental equality, and challenge institutional and governmental bodies to act on the current climatic crisis.
Image courtesy Bina
Milan works with various mediums like performance, public art installations, and painting to name a few.
Milan is known for his Butterfly Project, and activism regarding environment and pollution. In this episode, we talk about his social practice relating public/open spaces, and issues around urbanisation in Kathmandu valley.
He is also a founding member of Vriksha Foundation.
Image- Sanoj Byanjankar
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Note- This episodes are by no means or not even close to a definitive assessment of current situation in Kathmandu valley and does not seek to be one; they are merely random glimpses.
Few images of stuffs we covered in this part 1
snapshots from Apekshya’s research
btw, this is the book Apekshya talks about in the podcast, unfortunately no free versions in the internet, so… 🤷♂️
City sprawl vs managed high rise
Read the full article here https://www.researchgate.net/publication/248151171_Transit_and_Density_Atlanta_the_United_States_and_Western_Europe
Thanks to Bishwo Shahi and Milan Rai for providing field recording.
Antariksa is Bishwo Shahi in technical support and Subash Thebe Limbu your host and producer.
Further readings and references.
Putting children at the heart of urban planning: a call for action –Tim Gill, Adrian Voce, Darell Hammond and Mariana Brussoni https://rethinkingchildhood.com/2019/10/23/child-friendly-cities-urban-planning-action/
Occupy Tundikhel, help democratize the Nepal Army- Sovit Subedi https://www.recordnepal.com/perspective/opinions/occupy-tundikhel-help-democratize-the-nepal-army/
When Kathmandu Was ‘Shangri-La for Electric Vehicles’ by ATUL BHATTARAI https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/08/electric-bus-history-kathmandu-nepal-himalayan-air-pollution/596842/
Kathmandu Population 2020 http://worldpopulationreview.com/world-cities/kathmandu-population/#popData
Our Cities Are Broken. Here’s How Architects Can Fix Them; Urban sprawl and flawed high-rise designs have ravaged cities for decades. What’s the solution?- Paul Keskeys https://architizer.com/blog/inspiration/stories/build-up-or-build-out/
The curse of urban sprawl: how cities grow, and why this has to change. -Mark Swilling https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/jul/12/urban-sprawl-how-cities-grow-change-sustainability-urban-age