• Simone SandholzEmail author
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


In April and May 2015, Kathmandu has been hit by devastating earthquakes with severe impacts, among others on Kathmandu and its heritage. Much of the historic fabric in the city centre is lost, not only in the World Heritage Sites like the Durbar Squares but also small shrines, statues and community temples in other quarters. The loss of buildings and temples has also impacted severely on the intangible urban heritage which is often directly linked with the damaged heritage sites. Kathmandu is now at a crossroads, between restoring its urban past—tangible and intangible one—and converting the city or parts of it into something new. While it is intended that destroyed parts of the World Heritage Sites will be reconstructed over time this is quite unlikely for other sites that may simply vanish. Here the earthquake may be rather seen as chance to modernize the city that surely had to face many challenges already before the earthquake, but without paying much attention to its past. Hopefully the growing understanding about the importance of intangible values and assets, of cultural heritage as expression of the society’s past, will be considered in the reconstruction process and not be left aside.


Kathmandu Nepal Urban heritage Earthquake Reconstruction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of GeographyUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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