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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Asmara, the capital of the small East African country of Eritrea, bordering
the Red Sea, is one of the most important and exciting architectural
'discoveries' of recent years. Built almost entirely in the 1930s by the
Italians, who transformed it into a hotbed of radical architectural innovation,
Asmara has one of the highest concentrations of Modernist architecture anywhere
in the world. This superb building-by-building survey, illustrated with
previously unpublished archival material and specially commissioned
photography, chronicles the colonial past and remarkable survival of a city
that has evocatively been described as "the Miami of Africa".