Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction & City Development (EiABC): International Workshop in Addis Ababa (20.-28.9.2013)

Eiabc Sicu
Eiabc Sicu

Three teams from the EiABC, the Bauhaus University Weimar and the University of Juba (South Sudan) worked together to build a real sized prototype house in 10 days in Addis Ababa.

SICU (Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit) is the second experimental process oriented building prototype which also dealt with participatory design to be done on a highly dense neighborhood of Addis Ababa. It was a showcase where the international team of students with their tutors researched and explored possibilities of designing and realizing an incremental housing unit in an urban context.

The closing ceremony of the workshop started with an opening speech by the Scientific Director of EiABC, Mr. Joachim Dieter. He emphasized the potential of academic research to acquire solutions which can be applied by small communities as well as governmental institutions. Afterwards the project head, Prof. Dirk Donath, and his international team provided a detailed view of the design and construction process under the attendance and contribution of the Ambassadors from Germany, HE Mrs. Lieselore Cyrus,  and the Republic of South Sudan, HE Mr. Arop Kuol Deng,  as well as the Ethiopian State Ministers HE Ato Hailemeskel Tefera (MoUDC) and HE Ato Wondwossen (MoE) and the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture (Bauhaus University Weimar), Prof. Bernd Rudolf.

SICU is part of the major project “Concept - Test - Realization (Sustainable Low Cost Building in Africa)” which is in turn supported by the DAAD programme “Welcome to Africa” (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF). The project´s aim is to strengthen the collaboration in research and practical experiences and competency to bring together contemporary building technology with real circumstances. The project includes the realization of three experimental prototypes in scale 1:1 in the years 2011-2015.

Other projects with Ethiopian participation supported by “Welcome to Africa” are the following:

“Scientific Cooperation Network on Climate Change Adaptation” (Technical University Dresden, Wondo Genet College of Forestry, Hawassa University, Ethiopian Forest Research Institute, Khartoum University (Sudan), University of Kordofan (Sudan), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Makerere University Kampala (Uganda) and Juba University (South Sudan)).

“Research Based Capacity Building - Ethiopian Medical Plants” (University Halle-Wittenberg and Addis Ababa University).

Africa Network Tanzania-Ethiopia-Cameroon-South Africa (Leipzig University, Addis Ababa University, Stellenbosch University (South Africa),  Université de Yaoundé (Cameroon) and University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)).