July 23 - July 31, 2016
Led by Erica Avrami and William Raynolds
The workshop is conceived as a precursor to a Fall 2016 Advanced Studio (joint HP/UP) that will evaluate the change and urban growth around the Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela (a World Heritage Site) since international efforts to conserve the churches first began in the mid-1960s. The workshop is intended to provide an assessment of current conditions surrounding the site. Specific objectives include: A rapid survey to characterize and assess relationships among the protected heritage site, buffer zone, and growing urban landscape; meetings with stakeholders (government, religious community, tourism industry, university, etc.) to evaluate perspectives and visions for the future of Lalibela; the identification of key issues that may be positively or negatively impacting the heritage values of the site and the long-term quality of life within the Lalibela community. Deliverables of the workshop include an illustrated report of findings as well as the survey data.