Chitrakar, Rajjan. "MEANING OF PUBLIC SPACE AND SENSE OF COMMUNITY: The Case of New Neighbourhoods in the Kathmandu Valley," in International Journal of Architectural Research: ArchNet-IJAR [Online], Volume 10 Number 1.
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.
Keywords: Urban Change; New Neighbourhoods; Meaning of Public Space; Sense of Community; Kathmandu Valley