note that insofar as Addis Woubet is concerned, historical buildings
and related heritages refers to the physical structures that were constructed
from the establishment of Addis Ababa as the capital of Ethiopia over 100 years ago.
beyond the obvious significance of Addis Woubet’s vision to Ethiopia
and its people, these heritage also have relevance to many European
and Asian communities (both here as well as abroad) since most of these
architectural gems are an amalgamation of designs that reflect the cultures
and styles of their home countries, albeit without losing their Ethiopian
guiding principles surround Addis Woubet’s approach to the Arada Historic
Revitalization Project: organization, design, promotion and economic
Organization is the key to a successful downtown revitalization
program. Strong organization provides the stability to build and
maintain a long term programme of revitalization.
A good downtown design program always leads to an improved environment
that reflects the present as well as the past.
Promotion and awareness strategies seek to enhance the image of downtown as an exciting
community center, a meeting and a gathering spot filled with activity,
thriving stores, successful businesses, quality service and activity.
Restructuring. Restoring downtown economic vitality is the
ultimate goal of Arada’s revitalization program. Commercial areas
have declined in relative value over the past few decades because
of changes in citizens’ lifestyle and community values. Reversing
this trend and establishing the direction for economic growth is
central to the revitalization process and is the ultimate measure
of the success of the program.
Woubet’s formal project methodology features discrete
phases and an effective collaborative framework.
phasing strategy breaks down the overall revitalization project into
manageable phases consisting of specific tasks defined for each phase.
The phases are aligned to fund allocations whereby a disbursement schedule
is defined for each phase and is fully allocated only after the successful
completion of all its various tasks.
following is an outline of the preparatory phase of the
development of a milestone-driven and formal project and related
development of an effective organizational framework for both permanent
and contract staff.
successful completion of work-plan tasks related to (1) the identification
and cataloguing of historical buildings and sites; (2) Advocacy
and awareness-creation; (3) Alignment with Addis Ababa city government’s
urban development strategies; and (4) The creation of sustainable
revenue generation strategies.
the selection of potential preservation and restoration candidate-sites
and buildings for our ‘Ethiopian Millennium’ theme in close collaboration
with the Addis Ababa City Government and other pertinent stakeholders.