This week the Guardian launched its new Guardian Cities website.
According to this article, the purpose of the new website is:
…as an open platform for critical discussion and debate about the issues facing the world’s metropolitan centres…Featuring regular contributions from established experts and new voices, we’ll be peeling back the glossy veneer of the computer renderings, and going beyond the facts and figures of the city sales pitch, to ask what our future cities will actually be like – and how we can influence them for the better.
My blog was lucky enough to be featured on the website’s interactive guide to the best city blogs around the world as the ‘local urban voice’ of Addis Ababa. Given that I have only recently started this blog, and have lived in Addis Ababa for just over 6 months, this is a bit of on overstatement and I want to clarify that I do not wish to make such claim.
However, as an outsider who has visited and lived in a number of cities around the world I do believe I can make a useful contribution to the discussions around urban development in Addis Ababa and cities more broadly (along with other issues related to complexity, sustainability and development).
In the meantime, given the increase in traffic I have experience thanks to my inclusion on the Guardians lists of city blogs, I have compiled a short list of links that may be useful to those looking for further ideas and information related to urban issues in Addis Ababa:
- The evolving urban form of Addis Ababa – An overview of recent urban growth trends in Addis Ababa by Wendell Cox.
- Addis Ababa: The Awakening City – Photo series on urban change shot by photographer Anna Positano in May 2013.
- Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) – A small number of articles from the publication City of Change Addis Ababa are available for download.
- Urban food retail in Africa: The case of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Recent study from the International Food Policy Research Institute.
- Ethiopia’s Climate Resilience Green Economy strategy – Includes a section on Green Cities and Buildings.
- Addis Ababa Urban Profile – published by UN-Habitat in 2008.
- UN-Habitat activities in Ethiopia
- City Government of Addis Ababa
- Ministry of Urban Development and Construction
If anyone has any further suggestions please post a comment and I will happily and them to the list.
I also recommend checking out the blogs from other African cities listed on the Guardian website which have a lot of interesting content.
Coming soon, my next blog post on urban transport in Addis Ababa…