Since its foundation, Addis Ababa has seen four major stages
in development, each with a unique urban settlement pattern.
The first period is the time between the founding of the city to the Italian occupation during WWII. The second period was during the Italian occupation, (1936-1941) when marginal
improvements to infrastructure were made with the construction of few modern buildings. The third period followed the liberation and extended in to the 1960s. During this period, Addis Ababa saw significant infrastructure development, including a number of modern buildings.
What has been going on recently and what has been changing the city’s image appears to be the fourth stage, now known as contemporary architecture
Historically, city planners have used a heavy hand to make sweeping decisions for “the greater good” that give little to no consideration to the lives of the residents they will directly and immediately effect. For example, American planners…
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