|Saturday, 05 November 2011 05:00|
Basha Wolde Chilot is located in a prominent historical part of the inner-city of Addis Ababa and will be the third major redevelopment area of Addis Ababa. It covers about 39 hectares of land bordering a river to the West, the national Parliament premises to the East, Arat Kilo area to the North and an old settlement to the South. The area served under Menelik II as the servant quarter for the palace and was characterized by its sloped area towards one of the rivers of Addis Ababa, running from the North to the South. The original settlement of Basha Wolde Chilot was demolished and an LDP was prepared that could guide the new development. Even so the LDP was already agreed on by the municipality, EiABC was asked to rethink the strategy, since the draw-backs of the two first re-development areas became more and more obvious during their construction. In contrast to the LDP, which was developed before, the urban design strategy of EiABC for the Basha Wolde Chilot project starts from looking for a network of open spaces. The vision is to have well defined spaces that could mainly serve for social and small scale economic interactions. The open spaces are designed in such a way that their scale creates a sense of intimacy and functional hierarchy. EiABC also proposed a new instrument to regulate the faÁade structure of the buildings, avoiding un-appropriate materials and construction methodologies, which destroy the social character of the neighborhood and increase the energy consumption of the buildings. The City Government accepted the radical shift in planning new neighborhoods in Addis Ababa and implemented the proposals for Basha Wolde Chilot in 2011. In addition, several new projects are under investigation and planning at EiABC for the City of Addis Ababa.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 05 November 2011 08:10|