Featured Civic Projects

Ethiopia New Mega Gateway Airport

As the birthplace of world’s oldest civilization, Ethiopia’s economy is among the fastest growing in Africa. Ethiopian Airline is the largest inter-continental carrier in the region. SaaN was commissioned to prepare a project proposal for a new mega hub airport in the southern part of Addis Ababa, about 35 kilometers from Bole International Airport. The new airport will occupy an area of 25 square kilometers. Its designed annual throughput capacity is 90 million for passengers and 4.5 million metric ton for cargo. It is expected to serve not only the eastern Africa region but also the entire African continent. The first phase development is scheduled to include the middle runways along with a mega cargo center, and a 2.3 square kilometer logistics industry park district (LIPD) at the south gate of the airport.

G|SaaN's Civic Expertise


Kevin Xiang Chief Designer
Towards New Civic Architecture >>> Kevin Xiang


Civic buildings by their nature are built to serve the communities and enrich the lives of the general public. From the perspective of planning and architecture, civic buildings should serve as community centers and nuclei of the city. Throughout history, good civic buildings can be found in Hellenic Greece, to Republic of Rome and in democratic urban centers in Europe and other places in the world. Citizens of society should be able to walk leisurely from libraries, museums, to recreational centers and to meeting halls. These civic buildings should work as magnets to draw society together. Civic buildings should also be urban spatial generators that help to help to define public spaces such as squares, forums, courts and parks.
To us, civic buildings are libraries, museums, recreational buildings, exhibit halls. Civic buildings also include translations, airport terminals,bus stations and … Parks, squares and market streets also have civic spaces built in. Theaters and stadia are also perfect places for ….
The important qualities of good civic buildings should include sense of openness, equality, dynamics and vigor. It should be .. Civic buildings should have creative programs, those... It should have shared functions with commerce, and be mixed with... Civic buildings should be catalysts and anchor the urban revitalization effort for any society.

Chinese 中文 COPYRIGHT 2014