Addis Ababa Living Lab

Creating Resilient Dwelling Clusters for Urban Resettlement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Living Lab” aims to contribute to improve the livelihoods of urban communities living in low- and middle-income countries. The project will develop a new co-creation model for the development of affordable housing in Addis Ababa, using multidisciplinary tools and methods. This project will produce a policy paper, an actionable framework and build a pilot project on a test site as experiment and feedback loop. These research outputs will be used to impact decisions, for education and upscaling. 

Condominium district under construction, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo: Nelson Mota (2015)

Since 2002, Addis Ababa’s urban resettlement programme has primarily focused on short-term efficiency (speed and affordability), which resulted in housing policies and design-decisions that have produced problematic living conditions. Development induced resettlement demands a holistic approach based on an understanding of patterns of inhabitation and processes of community engagement. This is challenging, because of the shortage of socio-spatial analyses, and lack of actionable information that can be adopted by local actors.

The main goal of the project “Addis Ababa Living Lab” is to improve the livelihood of Addis Ababa’s urban dwellers using transdisciplinary approaches of analysis, planning and design. Accurate understanding of social, economic and technological needs and enhanced community participation is crucial. To achieve this goal, a contextually new co-creation model will be used, engaging a local university (EiABC), government agencies (i.e. Federal Housing Corporation), an NGO, local and international design and planning practitioners, and a local dwellers’ community.

The research will use multidisciplinary tools and methods, including visual ethnography, life-cycle-assessment (LCA), and Societal Cost Benefit Assessment studies (SCBA). This project will produce a policy paper, an actionable framework and build a pilot project on a test site as experiment and feedback loop. These research outputs will be used to impact decisions, for education and upscaling. 

Facts

Funder: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) & TU Delft
Programme: WOTRO Science for Global Development
Overall budget: € 500.000
Grant amount: NWO-WOTRO grant amount: € 250.000
Contribution from TU Delft: € 250.000
Grant number:  W 07.3O318.011
Role TU Delft:  Lead partner
Project duration: April 2019 - March 2023
TU Delft researchers:                 Prof.dr.ir. Marja Elsinga
Prof.ir. Dick van Gameren
Dr. Henk Jonkers
Dr. Nelson Mota
Brook Teklehaimanot
Anteneh Tesfaye Tola
Ir. Frederique van Andel

Project partners

Addis Ababa University: Ethiopian Institute of Architecture Building Construction and City Development - EiABC, RAAS Architects, Addis Ababa, FDRE Federal Housing Corporation - FHC, FDRE Ministry of Urban Development and Housing - MoUDH, Addis Ababa City: Housing Development and Administration Office - AAC-HDAO, Mecanoo architecten, Delft (The Netherlands), Mission for Community Development Program - MCDP, UN HABITAT, Delft University of Technology: Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, TUD-CiTG, Erasmus University/ IHS

Contact

Ir. Frederique van Andel

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