12.03.2015 at 6:00pm
Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba
In October 2013 the Goethe-Institut initiated a yearlong monthly lecture-series to discuss the spatial and social changes of the city under the title "The Changing DNA of Addis Ababa." The series aimed to provoke new readings of the urban space at a time when Addis Ababa is undergoing unprecedented trajectories in urban transformation. Recognizing that processes in urban transformation unavoidably result in social, economic and cultural adjustments, the series critically examined the challenges, disputes and optimisms of transformation in addition to raising queries that needed to be urgently addressed. Engaging with architects, sociologists and artists, the lecture series attempted to provide a comprehensive and contemporary perspective of Addis Ababa’s changing urban landscape.
The lecture series will be officially closed with a panel discussion. The panelists are Dr. Elizabeth W.Giorgis, Dr. Elias Yitbarek and Mr. Lealem Berhanu. Dr. Elizabeth and Dr. Elias will present a summary of the lectures presented under “The Changing DNA of Addis Ababa” while Mr. Lealem will reflect on the lecture summaries in relation to the ongoing revision of Addis Ababa’s master plan.
At this occasion the publication on the lecture series will be presented.