Ethiopian villages like Addis Betekristian are expected to grow to towns of more than 2.000 people in the coming years. - In our research project “Integrated Infrastructure - A Planning Strategy for Sustainable and Resilient Spatial Structures in Emerging Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa” we explore methods that could assist villagers and local or regional decision-makers in the transition of villages to towns.
One focus lays in the development of planning tools to empower citizens and support planners so that they can communicate on a common base. - In a recent trip to addis Betekristian we presented a tool to local politicians, administration and community leaders and heads of diverse associations to get their feedback on its functions and the acceptance of it as a communication tool for planning scenarios.
Integrated Infrastructure (IN³ - uni-weimar.de/integrated-infrastructure) is an interdisciplinary international research project at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (BUW) and the Ethiopia Institute for Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC).
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (BMBF), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German Aerospace Center (DLR).