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Construction materials and pedestrians are seen out of the window of a new building in Kathmandu. Only a few years ago, this was the edge of the city, and green rice paddies filled the space now occupied by high-rise apartment blocks and concrete homes. Yet hidden amid the maze of new buildings are tiny, ancient shrines around which the development bends itself. <br />
Over the past few years, Kathmandu has undergone a period of rapid urbanization, however throughout this process it has remained curiously unique in its loyalty to its cultural history. The result is a city in which astrologers are consulted about future developments by retail investors, and concrete high-rise buildings haphazardly wind their way around tiny ancient shrines.