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By Brooks Travelling Fellow Amber N. Wiley

Beate Maryam was accessible only after a steep climb up the Gebi hill on the grounds of the Prime Ministers residence.

Addis Ababa, or “New Flower” in Amharic, was founded in 1886. During early imperial times the capital had been located in Axum, Lalibela, and Gondar, as well as several other smaller cities. In modern times, the capital was built anew. Empress Taytu Betul, wife of Emperor Menelik II, first settled in the Entoto hills. This settlement was “little more than a military encampment.” She later moved to a valley in the foothills, attracted by natural hot springs on land called Finfinne by the Oromo people who lived there. As historian Getahun Benti argues, “From its earliest days, Addis Ababa was the staging station for the economic exploitation and political control of the conquered provinces of which Oromia was the largest.

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  • New Brutalist Image 1949-1955

    London | Dates: 19 Dec, 2014 – 04 Oct, 2015
    Reyner Banham’s “The New Brutalism” of 1955 left a puzzle for those interested in the movement today. His examples—Alison and Peter Smithsons’ steel and glass Hunstanton School, and their unbuilt brick Soho House design—do not resemble the concrete architecture associated with New Brutalism, by architects such as Denys Lasdun or Paul Rudolph. Instead, Banham linked the Smithsons to Eduardo Paolozzi, Magda Cordell, and Jackson Pollock, gesturing to the 1953 ICA gallery exhibition Parallel of Life and Art, in which the Smithsons, Nigel Henderson, Paolozzi, and Ronald Jenkins collaborated. We focus on the concurrent development of the ICA exhibition and the Hunstanton school, showing how New Brutalists between 1949 and 1955 focused on the mutability of visual experience and the challenges of daily life in the postwar city. By 1949, an age distinguished by nuclear threat, economic hardship, mass media, and, for Britons, the threat of global imperialism from the outside for the first time since the Norman conquest, had begun. The gridded frame conceived as an armature for, yet integrated with, visual plenitude is a recurrent visual trope featured in the exhibition. In the steel frames of the school building, in the CIAM grille of 1953, in remarkable photocollages by Paolozzi, in the urban topography of London’s East End as photographed by Henderson, an in the boxlike gallery space in which the panels of Parallel were suspended, frames provide a visual datum and a control against the disorder and entropy of the postwar world. In its earliest appearance, New Brutalism made a virtue of necessity, embracing the brutality of mass media imagery and the brute materiality of the constructions that frame everyday life and render it art as material consciousness.
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  • ABE Journal Issue 7

    Dublin | Dates: 20 Dec, 2014 – 31 Jan, 2015
    The seventh issue of the peer-reviewed online journal Architecture Beyond Europe (ABE) is scheduled to appear in June. A section of the journal will be devoted to papers that address the reception and influence of Latin American architecture in Europe, but there is also an open call for papers. Submissions on nineteenth and twentieth century colonial and postcolonial architecture, as well as on modern architecture in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are welcome. The journal’s guidelines can be found at Please submit potential papers to the guest editor, Kathleen James-Chakraborty at by by 31 January 2015.
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  • 2015 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

    Flagstaff | Dates: 13 – 15 May, 2015
    The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, the Arizona Preservation Foundation, and the City of Flagstaff invite you to join them at the 13th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference. This year’s conference, “Paths to Preservation” is being held in Flagstaff on May 13th-15th, 2015. The goal of the Conference is to bring together preservationists from around the state to exchange ideas and success stories, to share perspectives and solutions to preservation issues, and to foster cooperation between the diverse Arizona preservation communities.
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