Tiziana Panizza Kassahun

The Soul of a City: The Story of Elias

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Keywords: African Cities; Ethiopia; Addis.

Cities are growing at an enormous rate all over the word dealing with overcrowding population and space resource vulnerability. As they enlarge so does an increasing number of displaced people. The article has conceived very much in the spirit of stimulating debate on the integration of human rights themes into architectural themes. It includes the story of Elias telling us how displacement is not just a passing event in people's lives. The cemetery of his town Addis Abeba, is reaching capacity and evicting the dead. The moral and social costs of this eviction are very high and humanely unsustainable. Burial practice can nourish our sense of community, our compassion and makes our cities a better place to live in. There is much to learn in how we house and treat the dead people as there is in our daily neighborhoods relations.

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