Tag Archives: Architectural Heritage

Asmara, the Addis Abeba that Never Was, for the Better

Asmara is Africa’s stunning new UNESCO World Heritage Site

Asmara and Addis Ababa are two cities with similar beginnings and influences in city planning and architecture. But while Asmara has preserved its architectural heritage, Addis Ababa opted for concrete skyscrapers at the expense of aesthetics … writes Ambessaw Assegued for Addis Fortune.

BY AMBESSAW ASSEGUED | ADDIS FORTUNE

The old guard, now in their sixties and seventies, lumber into the lobby of the Embasoira Hotel in Asmera to meet and chat. Some are educated in selective universities like the University of Michigan and UC Berkeley. They are men and women who have devoted their skills and time to the liberation struggle of Eritrea. They wrote their doctoral dissertations and graduate theses with the independence of Eritrea in mind. Continue reading Asmara, the Addis Abeba that Never Was, for the Better

Best Laid Out Plans for the Restoration of Asmara

An interview with Professor and architect Susanna Bortolotto on how to bring Asmara to the knowledge of the international community and the latest efforts to restore the city to its most natural and original essence.

BY BILLION TEMESGHEN | SHABAIT

With Asmara being registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List, the attention invested in the city is growing by the day. The administration of the city, professionals of all fields from Eritrea and abroad, journalists, historians, architects, artists and tourists are opening their eyes to see what this historic city is all about. Continue reading Best Laid Out Plans for the Restoration of Asmara

The Italian Architecture that Shaped New World Heritage Site – Asmara

Asmara is the first modernist city in the world to be listed in its entirety.

The newly listed Eritrean capital features outstanding examples of experimental building design from the early 20th century. Judges say, architecture from the colonial era left an “exceptional example” of modernism.

BY OLIVER WAIWRIGHT | THE GUARDIAN

Standing as a startling collection of futuristic Italian architecture from the 1930s, perched on a desert mountaintop high above the Red Sea, the Eritrean capital of Asmara has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Announced as one of a series of new “inscriptions”, which are expected to include German caves with ice-age art and the English Lake District, Asmara is the first modernist city in the world to be listed in its entirety. Continue reading The Italian Architecture that Shaped New World Heritage Site – Asmara

Asmara Art Deco Exhibition in CapeTown

Asmara owns more than 4000 remarkable Art-Deco structures that are of great significance to the nation’s history and the world. For this reason, tremendous efforts have recently been made to register Asmara in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

BY SHABAIT

Asmara Art Deco Exhibition was recently staged in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Saleh Omar, the Eritrean Ambassador to South Africa and the Southern African region opened the exhibition featuring photo and video images.

The Eritrean Embassy in South Africa indicated that the exhibition is being staged under the theme “Asmara: City of Dreams”. It is part of the campaign underway in 16 cities of 9 countries with a view to placing Asmara in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Continue reading Asmara Art Deco Exhibition in CapeTown

EU Supporting Conservation of Asmara’s Unique Cultural and Architectural Heritage

By The EU Delegation in Eritrea,

History will be revived in Asmara, Africa’s modernist city; one of the astonishing, cutting edge architecture and art avenues cities.

The European Union will contribute supporting the conservation of Asmara’s unique cultural and architectural heritage.

In the framework of the EU programme for Local Authorities, the EU Delegation to Eritrea has signed in December 2016 a two-year’s cooperation programme with the Asmara Heritage Project (AHP), part of the Department of Public Works Development of the Central Region Administration (Zoba Maekel). Continue reading EU Supporting Conservation of Asmara’s Unique Cultural and Architectural Heritage