The inner-city redevelopments of Addis Ababa increased the density creating economic opportunity and rectify the image of the city. The backlog in housing and delivering housing for the poor and for the community as a whole gave rise to the development of condominiums. But this Compact, mixed-use development didn’t encouraged non motorized transportation, walking, bicycling-and transit to work more effectively.
There is no defined pedestrian lane that segregates the people from the cars. The open spaces found at the case study area for example are mainly used as trash disposal place. It is also very difficult to walk around at night since there is no lightning installed at the streets of this neighborhood.
There are some functions found at the ground floors of every block building but they are not inserting or unique enough to encourage people to walk around there neighborhoods. There is no proper play ground that is made for children so the children play on the roads where there are cars moving back and forth.
This type of higher-density development should have serves to both accommodate and encourage use of non motorized modes as alternatives to the automobile .It also should have considered the different activities like walking, playing, running, sitting and etc… inside this neighborhoods. Although this may not solve the congestion problem, it is a start to reduce public infra- structure requirements and costs.
Therefore we need to give people more choices on how to travel when it comes time to make a trip to the store, to go to school, to go to the park or library, or to visit a friend. We need to make neighborhoods places where parents feel comfortable with their children running around, playing with friends. We need to make our communities places where the elderly and the disabled are free to move around in relative comfort and safety.
We need to make the places where we live a place that encourage us to be active-to walk to the store, to walk to lunch, or perhaps to take an evening stroll just for the health of it! That’s why we need to make our communities more walk able.
The federal government has spent millions of dollars in road expansions projects in order to ease travel, but it has not helped in relieving congestion since wider roads have only brought more car users and has increased pollution. Widening the roads no longer seems to address the problem of overcrowding since there is a limit to widening of the roads.
the amount of space occupied by cars on the road in contrast to the space required by people walking on the same road. Thus a transportation modal change is necessary to address the problem of congestion rather than road expansion.
Increasingly, throughout the world architects collaborated with other architects and with experts in urban design (the design of towns and cities) and landscape architecture (the design of parks and other open spaces).
That enlarged vision was complemented by a growing interest in “green” design, emphasizing the conservation of energy and other natural resources. As a result, architectural trends moved away from the design of single isolated buildings toward collaboration in the creation of clusters of buildings and parklands—and sometimes entire neighborhoods
What matters most to you in design?
Sustainability. The building should reflect it’s climate, orientation, location, and purpose. When materials fail, design shouldn’t.
Where do you see the profession going over the next few decades?
I think the profession will connect more with engineers / other consultants and contractors to provide a more comprehensive approach. I also feel there will be a shift back towards design with the environment in mind as sustainable design practice becomes more valued by the public.
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