As part of the Streetscape Territories research collective (Department of Architecture, KU Leuven), a Summer School was set up in Addis Abeba in collaboration with EiABC (Ethiopia). Around 35 international participants, from graduating students to young professionals in architecture, urban design, urban planning or environmental studies, discussed and proposed strategies for sustainable re-development of the Merkato area in the capital of the African Union. The project started in January 2017 in Belgium, where master students (Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven – University of Leuven) started studying the Merkato area from a triple point of view: mobility, productivity and housing. The achieved insights were then used for a 6 week on-site research project in Addis Abeba that ended with a joint Summer School of EiABC and KU Leuven – University of Leuven (September 12-21 2017) on site. The team now presents a set of development strategies for the Merkato area in Addis Abeba that will be further fine-tuned in the following months with the local partners and stakeholders.
Today, the team presents sustainable development strategies that cover the field of programming the area (productivity, consumption and residential functions), defining mobility policies (individual and public transport of formal and informal nature), determining building envelope guidelines (height of buildings and position in the streetscape), suggest design tactics for accessibility and permeability (including guidelines for implementing commercial strategies related to the streetscape) and for adding facilities (sanitary, health and community hubs) and infrastructure (paving, electricity, water, sewage, telecommunication) to the development area. The following movie describes the context, objectives and results. To be continued!