This post will comment on the following TED Talk here. Xavier Vilalta, a Barcelona-based architect, works on projects in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He stands for traditional designs and adapts them to construct modern buildings that suit their surrounding environment and community. Vilalta loathes contemporary architecture that involves wasteful buildings with high energy costs and designs that do not reflect the culture of the area.
Vilalta explains his approach to his design for a shopping mall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He hated the idea of making a big, Western-style shopping mall that would remain empty since no could afford to stop there. He plans to make the mall more like an open-air Ethiopian market. He used concrete blocks with square cutouts in place of a glass facade to allow for cross ventilation. Vilalta has done extensive research on design, architecture, and culture in Ethiopia