2018 National Planning Conference

Poster: Lalibela, Ethiopia: Heritage, Tourism, and Urbanization

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Posters

Activity ID: NPC187070


  • Develop a Destination Management Plan
  • Devise digital data collection methods and analyze data
  • Engage stakeholders in meaningful dialogue


The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela have stood for more than eight centuries. Every year, thousands of Ethiopian pilgrims - and an increasing number of international tourists - visit the site. Over the past decade, Lalibela has developed rapidly, significantly changing the community and the physical landscape. In 2016, Columbia University and Addis Ababa University graduate students delved into the site's history, experienced the present, and planned for the future. Students analyzed Lalibela's landscape, growth, transportation, tourism, and management, and developed recommendations and proposals for preserving the churches' heritage.

Session Speakers

Sarah Reddan
Kamen Tall Architects
Hoboken, NJ

Jessica Cruz
Office of the Bronx Borough President
New York, NY

Jahnavi Aluri
New York, NY

Cameron M. Robertson
New York, NY

Veronica Chuah
Brooklyn, NY

Tatiana Marie Kopelman Martin
new york, NY

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