On a melancholy hill
The ten-year conflict in Nepal, beginning in 1996, created a spike in migration to Kathmandu that has increased 6% per year. The valley city has become one of the fastest growing urban areas in South Asia. Unplanned and unstable development on the outskirts of the city has lead to a decrease in open spaces and an increase in dust, pollution and waste. The landscape is experiencing rapid aesthetic changes; colors are growing muted, traffic is becoming more and more congested and the buildings are being built with a focus on speed rather than design.