We are thrilled to announce the opening of QUICK TIME, OLD RIVER, AND A SKY FULL OF DREAMS at Patan House this weekend! 

29 July – 30 September 2022
Patan House, Dhaugal

The exhibition is open every day from 11am – 7pm *Closed on Mondays

Kathmandu valley is experiencing unprecedented change. Is time somehow speeding past quicker than it used to? What do we remember of the old ways of life? How can this memory transform into knowledge which takes us past simple nostalgia? How can this knowledge show us tenable ways to serve the needs and dreams of the millions who share the Kathmandu sky? How can plans and policies look beyond technocratic solutions to embrace a healthier politics of the commons?

This exhibition, with its accompanying public program, attempts to address these and related themes that thread together the outcomes produced by the seven research fellows of the Kathmandu Valley Urban History Project.

The Kathmandu Valley Urban History Project is a research and public knowledge initiative that works towards understanding, documenting and telling stories about the ways that Kathmandu is experiencing change. Through place-based research, archiving, and storytelling, the project seeks to contribute to the public discourse on urbanization, the commons, and imaginations for the future.


1970, North-West view of Kathmandu Valley with Bagmati river dividing Lalitpur and Kathmandu. Betty Woodsend Collection/ Nepal Picture Library