Thursday, 9 April 2015

Addis Ababa: Ambitious Housing Programme to Half Slum Areas by 2020


Ethiopia is urbanizing at the phenomenal annual rate of 4.3%. Cities like Addis are seeing this trend in the shape of large, multi-storey condominium developments primarily for the low- and middle-income sector. Last February I visited Yeka Abado, a new development east of Addis where 18,000 homes are nearing completion. The 200 hectare site is part of the city’s ambitious Housing Development Programme that includes ten similar sites all under construction. 

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

ARCOMadrid 2015



My visit to ARCO, Madrid's contemporary art fair, happens at a time when I am designing 2,000 dollar homes and just returned from a brainstorming session on it in Africa. In this context, it feels rather difficult to appreciate any dispensable object that carries the same price tag as hundred homes. This said, art isn't that inessential. It has an extraordinary effect on the soul and the artworks at this year's edition did certainly meet the purpose. Here is a selection of my favourites.