African cities are expected to experience a significant increase in population over the next 30 years. According to United Nations projections, these cities will welcome an additional 900 million inhabitants by 2050. This demographic shift will create both opportunities and challenges that will reshape the nature and structure of these cities. These challenges include the need for economic growth, increased demand for housing and infrastructure, and the development of supplementary transportation systems. So far, most African cities have responded to this rapid population growth with sprawling horizontal development patterns that expand the fringes of the city, increase social fragmentation, and ultimately lead to greater car dependency.
Addis Ababa: The Latest Architecture and News
Lideta Market / Vilalta Studio
Architects: Vilalta Studio
- Area: 14200 m²
- Year: 2016
Manufacturers: AE3000, MP Ascensores, Yibel Industrial, PLC
Professionals: K2N Engineering
United Bank of Addis Ababa Proposal / Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects
Designed by Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects, their proposal for the
National Stadium and Sports Village / LAVA
LAVA, the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, and Designsport collaborated with local Ethiopian firm JDAW to win the international architecture competition for a national stadium and sports village, held by the Federal Sport Commission, Ethiopia. Now, football and athletics-loving Ethiopians will have a new FIFA and Olympic-standard 60,000 seat stadium in Addis Ababa thanks to a design that combines local identity with new technology. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Embassy Ethiopia / Bjarne Mastenbroek and Dick Van Gameren
Architects: Bjarne Mastenbroek and Dick Van Gameren
- Year: 2005
Lideta Mercato / Vilalta Architects
Vilalta Architects unveils the design of a project of a multistory market, Lideta Mercato, in Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa. This project was the result of a winning entry of a pre-qualified competition that is planned to start construction in May 2011.
More on this project after the break.