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DEMOCRACY OF IMAGERY, DOES MANY FACES IN ARCHITECTURE OF THE CITY DEMONSTRATE DEMOCRACY? [Abstract ID: 0211-08]
Cities are immediate representations of popular state of mind and ambition in many cases. The way they are planned, the architecture they offer and the infrastructure they possess are reflective of the direction our collective mind is taking as a result of individual and group aspirations. Starting from provision of guidelines up to the freedom to produce and put urban forms and architectural products in any place may start as something that won't have consequences but end up putting permanent image on the way we see, define and understand cities and the life they nurture. Here in Ethiopia in the rapid construction and urbanization that is taking place, the emergence of individual building forms in all cities irrespective of context. Unity and harmony calls for an immediate attention in how we can define and manage it. The individualistic approach to such representation also calls for whether democracy and freedom of expression has direct corelation to the decisions we make in this context.