Heritage, Tourism, and Urbanism: The Landscape and Development of Lalibela, Ethiopia](https://cdn.filepicker.io/api/file/KhL8n5kRAOYvOklkCTar?)
Erica Avrami, William Raynolds
Jahnavi Aluri, Veronica Chuah, Jessica Cruz, Tatiana Kopelman Martin, Cheng Liao, Sarah Reddan, Cameron Robertson, Stacy Tomczyk, Mengjie Zhan, Tania Alam, Boer Deng, Nicholas Kazmierski, Adam Lubitz, Dorothy MacAusland, Matthias Neill, Stacy Tomczyk, Laura Weinstein-Berman
A sustainable future for Lalibela is contingent upon balancing issues of rapid urban growth, increasing tourism, natural and cultural resource protection, spiritual workshop, and community quality of life. To explore these challenges and how they might be address, faculty from Columbia GSAPP and from Addis Ababa University’s Chair of Conversation of Urban and Architectural Heritage, Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction, and City Development (AAU-EiABC) collaborated with the World Monuments Fund to develop a student research project at Lalibela.
This project sought to examine the following:
- The values of Lalibela and how they are represented and spatialized beyond the physical fabric of the churches to the vernacular architecture, the landscape and townspace, and the visual and spiritual experience
- The growth of Lalibela, as evidenced by land use and consumption, building patterns, and transportation
- The user experience at Lalibela, including that of religious worshipers and clergy, local residents, and foreign and domestic tourists
- The visitor infrastructure and services of Lalibela, including hostels, restaurants, transit, signage, etc.
- The overall management of Lalibela as a community, place of pilgrimage and worship, landscape, and network of stakeholders ranging from local to international.