Meaning of public space and sense of community: The case of new neighbourhoods in the Kathmandu Valley

Chitrakar, Rajjan Man (2016) Meaning of public space and sense of community: The case of new neighbourhoods in the Kathmandu Valley. ArchNet-IJAR, 10(1), pp. 213-227.

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This paper examines the meaning of public space and sense of community among neighbourhood residents in the changing urban context of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Two new neighbourhoods were selected for the purpose of this study with data collected from interviews with the residents. The study has found that most residents of the new neighbourhoods have an understanding of the significance of public space in community life. However, such understandings are based less on the actual use of public space. The existing public spaces in these neighbourhoods are less successful in offering a meaning to the residents, due to their poor development and the lack of active use. Despite these changes, some residents believe they have developed a sense of community, which is an outcome of other individual factors than the use of public space. It is argued that the role of contemporary neighbourhood public space in fostering a sense of community appears to be less significant in the valley’s present context.

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ID Code: 91768
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Urban change, new neighbourhoods, meaning of public space, sense of community, Kathmandu Valley
ISSN: 1938-7806
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Archnet-IJAR, MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Deposited On: 12 Jan 2016 23:14
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 05:32

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