CONCRETE CHIAROSCURO


CONCRETE CHIAROSCURO

Arat Kilo area is poised for an aesthetic makeover as a massive corridor construction pulverises through what some consider urban landmarks, and others regard as antiquated vestiges of a bygone era. An interesting optical horizon emerges as the socialist Dergue regime's former base of operations is razed, with the ruling party's headquarters peeking from the backdrop. The area, which has served as a cultural epicentre and grounds for the palaces of successive rulers, will be adorned with amphitheatres, vast pedestrian sidewalks and bike lanes if the project goes according to the City Administration's plan.


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SIDELINED STRIKES

The 'Vintage' bowling alley at the historic Genet Hotel near the Le Gare Railway Station remains vibrant after nearly six decades. Recent evaluations of 64 hotels nationwide had surprising results, with nearly half the establishments not meeting the assessment criteria. Seven hotels received four-star ratings, while none qualified for a five-star tag. The Ministry of Tourism evaluated multiple cities nationwide despite higher ratings being mostly concentrated in the capital. Ethiopia's tourism i...


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MYSTICAL NOTATIONS

Orthodox Christian scribes etch religious writings on traditional parchments (Birana) at the Ghion Hotel on Ras Desta Damtew St. The 10 day exhibition by the Hamere Berhan Institute featured various paintings and writings with uniquely Ethiopian overtones. The parchments, pens and inks are all prepared at the institute in the Piazza District. Goatskins are tightly stretched over metal frames to dry for days before being immersed in water to make the parchments. Several ancient manuscripts in the...


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PANORAMIC PEEKS

An all-white building peaks across the street around the Flamingo area after renovations conclude on the main road. Addis Abeba's roads have broadened as the high-profile corridor development project progresses to accommodate more pedestrians and bicycle lanes. The capital's metamorphosis into a 'smart city' has entailed much more than transforming its roads and public spaces to include its cars and motorbikes. A green electric current pulsates underneath the ebbing flow of change, ever more app...


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