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Eritrea’s Picturesque Capital is Now a World Heritage Site

Asmara inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage site list
Now that the entire Asmara city is a World Heritage site, how serious the Eritrean government can take significant steps to capitalize on this unique UNESCO status and encourage tourism is the next big question. (Photo: Cinema Roma in Asmara. The city is sometimes called “La Piccola Roma” or “Little Rome”. ©Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

BY TOM GARDNER | QUARTZ AFRICA

In 1996 a German architecture firm proposed razing historic buildings in the centre of Asmara, one of Africa’s most beautiful cities, to make way for glass high-rises. Eritreans, who are deeply proud of their capital’s Italian-era modernist architecture, began to worry that their hard-fought heritage was under threat. Continue reading Eritrea’s Picturesque Capital is Now a World Heritage Site

RIBA Hosts Presentation on Asmara – Africa’s Modernist City

BY EMBASSY MEDIA

It is to be recalled the Royal Institute of British Architects had on the night of December 6th, 2016 awarded the President’s Medal for Research. The 2016 RIBA President’s Medal for Research was then presented to Dr. Edward Denison, Eng. Medhanie Teklemariam and Eng. Dawit Abraha for their project ‘Asmara – Africa’s Modernist City: UNESCO World Heritage Nomination’. Continue reading RIBA Hosts Presentation on Asmara – Africa’s Modernist City

Modernist Masterpieces in Unlikely Asmara

By The Economist,

On a dusty road leading travellers out of the southern outskirts of Asmara stands a small service station. Once owned by AGIP, an Italian petrol company, it was for decades the last place to fill up with fuel between the Eritrean capital and the southern towns of Decemhare and Mendefera, some 40km away. The largest of several similarly designed buildings all over Asmara, it is a modest construction, its mundane commercial purpose only partially belied by the unexpected elegance of the design. Continue reading Modernist Masterpieces in Unlikely Asmara

Eritrea’s Capital, a.k.a the ‘Miami of Africa’, Could Become Africa’s Next World Heritage Site

Surprise no more. Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea, will be Africa’s next World Heritage site. (Photo: © Edward Denison)

By Mail & Guardian,

Be prepared to be surprised. Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea, has one of the largest collections of modernist architecture in the world, impressive features that bolster the application made on February 1 for it to be listed as a World Heritage site.  Continue reading Eritrea’s Capital, a.k.a the ‘Miami of Africa’, Could Become Africa’s Next World Heritage Site

Eritrea’s Unique Architecture under Threat

Asmara buildings: Time for major face lifting and renovation?

By Jenny Vaughan (AFP),

ASMARA — Eritrea’s capital Asmara boasts buildings unlike anywhere else in Africa, a legacy of its Italian colonial past, when architects were given free rein for structures judged too avant-garde back home.

Modernist architectural wonders in this highland city include a futurist petrol station mimicking a soaring aircraft and a funky art-deco bowling alley with checkered, coloured glass windows.

The city is a living museum of architecture,” said Medhanie Teklemariam, an urban planner in Asmara’s city Continue reading Eritrea’s Unique Architecture under Threat