An article written by Cecilia Andersson, urban and regional planner for UN-Habitat. She explains that open spaces have always formed an integral part of the settlement planning in the traditional settlements of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. These have been inbuilt in the form of public and private courtyards, chowks, pati’s and water ponds in the core settlement areas. Open spaces played a significant role in the traditional planning practices where housing was densely planned for security purposes and preserving the agricultural land, the basis of subsistence in the agriculturebased society. Thus open spaces have been and still are important elements in the traditional settlements of the Kathmandu Valley.

“To improve the image of the city as a liveable, traditional and historic city, it is essential to create a network of quality streets and spaces for transformation.”

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p128 85-1_Dey Pukhu Area BEFORE Kirtipur Nepal Cecilia Andersson
Old situation Dey Pakhu area
p130a 85-4_Kirtipur Dey Pukhu Area AFTER Kirtipur Nepal Cecilia Andersson
New situation Dey Pakhu area


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