|Genre:||Classical History / Civilization, Nepali History|
|Published:||November 17, 2008|
Nepal is well known for its distinctive artistic and architectural designs. The Kathmandu Valley's historic palaces, temples, courtyards, and streetscapes are protected as no fewer than seven World Heritage Sites. As a part of its dynamic living legacy, Nepalis regularly worship at shrines. Many of the Valley's significant public monuments have recently undergone meticulous and genuine restoration as part of recent efforts to conserve Kathmandu's architectural history.
Less well-known is the inventive and flexible integration of Nepali architectural and decorative aspects into contemporary architecture and private homes. The Kathmandu Valley Style captures the wealth of the past and shows how parts of Malla Newar, Tibetan, and Rana architecture have affected current structures and ways of living. The rich living cultural legacy of Kathmandu has gained new life via the restoration of both old and new structures employing traditional themes and architectural techniques, which has also contributed to new tourist attractions.
In Kathmandu Valley Style, more than 40 buildings—many of which have never been photographed or printed—both new and old are highlighted. This outstanding collection serves to boost national pride in Nepal's vernacular architecture by demonstrating how traditional art and architecture can be successfully incorporated into homes for a changing world today. People who love Nepal, inhabitants, tourists and readers who enjoy quality writing on interior design, architecture, and the arts will all enjoy this book.