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Dear all,

I stumbled upon this forum by coincidence and thrilled to read your great exchanges, hope I can add to that with a Tedx Talk by Fasil Giorghis. I had the pleasure of meeting him after the talk and he is such a dedicated person. After reading some criticism on lack of local competence and knowledge, I hope that his talk will change your view on our local architects.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V7CRdz8Kz4

Fasil Giorghis is an Ethiopian architect who is chair holder of conservation of urban and architectural heritage at EIABC, Addis Ababa University. For more than twenty years, he has devoted his time to the study and preservation of the architectural heritage of his country, from traditional housing to historic towns. He has participated in numerous international conferences and contributed articles on sustainable architecture and preservation of cultural heritage. In 2008 he published a book entitled “Addis Ababa the City and its Urban and Architectural Heritage from 1886-1941”.

His architectural design work in his private consulting firm focuses on regional hotels, public buildings, cultural centers, and private residences, for which he melds use of local material, indigenous knowledge and environmental concerns in contemporary design. Some of the buildings he designed include “the red terror memorial museum”, the classrooms and auditorium of Alliance Ethio-Francaise, and the adaptive re-use of the Goethe Institute. As a designer and amateur artist he has also participated in several local and international exhibitions.
 

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Where have I seen this guy before? I think he was in a series of videos on urban life in Addis.
Yes there was a documentation series by Felix Heisel and Bisrat Kifle done on spaces in Addis Ababa. I think they work for the EiABC (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development). You can find the videos and more projects on his website: http://www.felixheisel.de/html/disappearing.html

More about EiABC here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhRSOrnrMiE
 
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