Exhibition Addis Modern – Rediscovering the 1960s Architecture of Africa’s Capital City

Prof. Nikolaus Knebel with students of the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC)

Addis Modern is a documentation of architecture built half a century ago when Addis Ababa became the capital of Africa. At that time, the modern movement in architecture had diversified from a homogenous international style into various regionally differentiated streams. In Addis Ababa, unlike in other places, examples of each of these streams can be found in one city. The exhibition presents buildings with contextual, structural, monumental, formal, minimal, and sculptural approaches to architecture. These buildings breathe the spirit of modernity, and thus can be a source of inspiration in today‘s times when Addis Ababa is experiencing rapid modernization.


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