January 8, 2022

Urban Transportation: The Case of Asmara

Urban Transportation: The Case of Asmara

By Simon Woldemichael

Asmara has a functional, accessible, responsive and safe public transportation system. The huge investment in public transport and infrastructure such as roads has made people’s lives easier. The government is importing buses to meet the increasing demand of travelers.

Transport plays a crucial role in urban development by making it easy for people to have access to schools, workplaces, health care facilities, markets, recreational places, and other essential service providers. Enhanced mobility for all is one of the most important preconditions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Goal 11 of the SDGs aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Read more

January 3, 2022

A City in the Clouds, New Year Resolutions &...

A City in the Clouds, New Year Resolutions & a Night Out in Town

By Natnael Yeibyo

The mist that covered the city a few days ago was quite some scenery. This was not Florence, Paris, New York, Barcelona and nor was it London, Rome or Venice. This is Asmara. The city covered with fog early in the morning looks something out of a Hollywood movie set. Clean boulevards, pantile roofs, palm trees and cafes dotting the sidewalk. It is December and there is a rather festive feel to the cool breeze of air.

Asmara’s famous building — the Fiat Tagliero — built as a garage in 1938 by architect Guiseppe Pettazi once pumped petrol beneath two vast concrete wings. Legend has it that the architect put removable pillars under the wings during construction to hold them steady. Upon completion he then used a gun to force his workers to knock them away. The wings to this very day are still standing still on a building that looks like an airplane than a petrol station. Visit the Tagliero at six in the evening as it turns a golden color against the deep blue evening sky and, possibly for the only time in your life, a garage will leave you breathless. Read more

November 29, 2021

Urban Safety and Security: The Case of Asmara

Urban Safety and Security: The Case of Asmara

By: Simon Woldemichael

Violence has reached record levels in many cities of the world and has become a critical threat to the security and development of urban dwellers. Levels of burglary, robbery, rape, kidnapping, killing and other types of crimes are on the rise in several urban areas. These crimes not only result in injury and loss of property but also increase the general feeling of insecurity. Women and children, in particular, are the most vulnerable groups harmed by violence.

As the world becomes more and more urbanized, cities are increasingly seen as places of opportunity. If cities are secure and well administered, they can offer their residents diverse social, economic, and cultural benefits. However, most urban areas, particularly in the developing world, do not fulfill this potential. Many are characterized by extreme social exclusion, inequality, and high levels of crime and violence. Read more

September 15, 2021

In Asmara it is the Culture that Protects You

In Asmara it is the Culture that Protects You

By  Natnael Yebio

An old song about San Francisco goes like this: If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair, [because]….you are gonna meet some gentle people there, etc. Does the instruction still apply? The way the city has changed over the years, I don’t think so.

Asmara hasn’t changed much though. Asmara’s architectural landscape and concentration of iconic buildings – cinemas, apartment buildings, petrol stations, factories, churches, and public buildings – reflect the exemplary and innovative approach to the challenges of modern urban requirements in a highland African setting that have retained their integrity and authenticity through a protracted struggle for national liberation and duty to protect its sovereignty in the years after. Read more

March 7, 2013

أسمرة هوية أفريقية بطابع ايطالي جولة...

أسمرة هوية أفريقية
بطابع ايطالي جولة سياحية

على ارتفاع 2500 متر تعانق مدينة «أسمرة» عاصمة دولة اريتريا السماء مستمدة سحرها من تاريخها العريق والزاخر بالأحداث وبنوع خاص، تلك التي تعود إلى حقبة الاستعمار الإيطالي الذي شكلها لتكون «روما الصغيرة»
عشق الايطاليون «أسمرة» الى حد انهم أرادوا ان تكون فيها لعاصمتهم أبنية تشبهها بمبانيها وشوارعها واسماء جاداتها ومعالمها وعاداتها وتقاليدها، فكانت «أسمرة». على مدى قرون طويلة رسمت الجغرافيا تاريخ اريتريا على غرار جاراتها من دول القرن الافريقي، انطلاقا من الموقع الاستراتيجي لهذه المنطقة والذي ازداد اهمية بعد افتتاح قناة السويس عام 1869.

 

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