The Ethiopian Institute of Technology in Mekelle is part of Mekelle University that has short but complex history. The city of Mekelle is situated in northwestern Tigray region, in the region rich in cultural and architectural heritage. The Institute offers various programmes – architecture and urban planning among them.

The contact initiation intended to diversify inputs for the architectural research that is essential for the innovation cooperation with the PIN. When got known the situation we have decided to cooperate directly on academic level.

progress

2013_06______initial contact about research cooperation
2013_09______arrival to Ethiopia, 3-month long research in situ
2013_10-11______workshop “Think globally, act locally!” in Mekelle University
2014_02______booklet “SCHOOLdesignINNOVATIONS” , (in chapter Fresh Ideas)
2014_05______workshop “Find It and Use It” about public space in condominiums
2014_11______product design workshop “Condominium Street Fu(rni)ture” at the occasion of the International Conference “The Affordable and the Profitable” in Mekelle
2015_01-03______candidature for the grant of the Czech embassy in Addis Abeba to organise workshop build the condo fu(rni)ture – refused
2015_10______proposition of a workshop “Conservation, Creativity and Communication” – postponed
2016_04______workshop “uJCA_ws_Low Cost Strategies in Design and Communication 2016
2016_07-08_____staff member of EDC Engineering for Developing Communities – in the international summer program initiated by Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

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1st workshop: THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY!

Together we have organised workshop called “Think globally, act locally” for a hundred of 4th year architecture students. The workshop aimed to find sustainable ways how to deal with schools and educational buildings, how to make the surroundings inspiring and motivating, how to think progressively and alternatively, how to engage community, its hospitality, how to contribute to the development…

AIM: to find ways how to think globally, feel, understand and deal with specific environments, with neglected and remote areas, to respect the local conditions, rural population, how to revive desolate schools, how to turn them into the places overflowing with INSPIRATION and MOTIVATION, how to make it to attract the people to care about it, how to make it as an example worth following and succeeding, how to think progressively and sustainably, how to engage community and its hospitality, how not to create only a school, but the place of the contribution to the DEVELOPMENT…

SUB-THEMES: how to use local materials, how to use secondary materials – how to recycle, how to make the community feel the ownership of the educational buildings, architecture as a contribution to the development, finding focal points of community attention, phenomena and archetypes, communication skills and presentation techniques…

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 100 students in 3 sections in groups of 2 up to 6 students

CMU_ws_cover2nd workshop: FIND IT AND USE IT!

ANNOTATION: The workshop will focus on different uses of public space in relation with social, cultural, anthropological and environmental aspects. The participants will try to find facts about the evolution of public space in social contexts, and the role of people in public space development. It is a playful approach to explore how low-cost materials and tools and crafts can be used to manage public interests. The public space can be the result of a customary use along the time, or of urban planning as a given space with different functions. It also can be the outcome of a participation process – both top down (this is launched by the public administration), or bottom up, demanded by the RESIDENTS.
The workshop will be supplemented and animated with the lectures on international examples of similar issues – with examples reviewing both public spaces along history and recent relevant cases of innovation in urban and social design.

AIM: to find ways how to perceive, feel, understand and deal with public spaces, with neglected areas, hidden spots, desolate spots, how to turn them into the places overflowing with INSPIRATION and MOTIVATION, how to REVIVE it to attract the people to care about it, how to think progressively and SUSTAINABLY, how to engage community hospitality, the contribution to the DEVELOPMENT…

SUB-THEMES: how to use secondary materials – how to recycle, how to make the community feel the ownership of the public space, how to learn from the PUBLIC space, architecture as a contribution to the development, URBAN REGENERATION, finding focal points of public attention, phenomenons and archetypes, city as a place to live, presentation techniques…

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 15 – 20 students will be divided into 5 groups by 3-4 participants

CMU_ws_product design3rd workshop: CONDOMINIUM STREET FU(RNI)TURE

At the occasion of “International Conference on Affordable Housing, Mekelle 2014” there was a workshop organised for students of 5th and 6th year of bachelor programme. The goal of the workshop is a design of urban equipment for public space that is more or less overlooked in context of numerous precipitously constructed condominiums… Today´s attention is focused on maxiscale of block composition and urban pattern or flat dispositions. People are infl uenced by the common and public space design as well, or even more…

The workshop focused on architecture in combination with product design of different objects of public equipment (benches, traffic barriers, bollards, streetlamps, traffic lights, traffic signs, bajaj stands, shaders, kiosks, trashbins…) in relation with social (=safety), cultural (=art and appearance), anthropological (=function and usefullness) and environmental aspects (=sustainability and material). The participants tried to find facts about the evolution of street furniture in social contexts, and the role of it in development. It is a playful approach to explore how low-cost materials and tools and crafts can be used to shape public space. And how the public space shapes its users…

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: approx. 25 students from the last (6th) year of study who will participate mandatorily in the workshop session as in the part of their block course of the winter semestre of the academic year 2014/2015 + 10 students from 5th year of study on voluntary basis

POSSIBLE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DESIGN PROTOTYPE?
The workshop is proposed by CiglerMaraniUnlimited. If the workshop results are appropriate, the CMU (as development mediator) would assist the students to ask for the financial support from the grant programme of the Czech embassy in Addis Abeba for Small Scale Projects to implement the most convenient project to its “urban field” during the international workshop held in spring semestre during academic year 2014/2015.
The aim of the small scale local projects is to support Ethiopian institutions (such as academic institutions, charities, NGOs, hospitals, etc.) in their development activities, which are alligned with the national development strategy. The projects are implemeted in different areas, especially in health, education, social welfare and environment protection.

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4th workshop: BUILD THE STREET FU(RNI)TURE

The workshop “Condominum Street Fu(rni)ture” (01-14/11/2014) was focused on architecture in combination with product design of different objects of public equipement (benches, traffi c barriers, bollards, streetlamps, traffic lights, traffi c signs, bajaj stands, shaders, kiosks, trashbins…) in relation with social (=safety), cultural (=art and appearance), anthropological (=function and usefulness) and environmental aspects (=sustainability and material).
The original proposed workshop “Build the Condominium Street Fu(rni)ture” (03-04/2015) has an aim to build the most successful appropriate results of previous workshop into the field – an overlooked condominium at the periphery of Mekelle city, in Quiha. The leitmotif is recyclation. Students have designed different models and patterns using the old buckets, PVC tubes, covers etc.
The original workshop was presented to the Czech Embassy to get the grant from Local Small Scale Project Programme. Unfortunately, the proposal didn´t gain the funding.
BUT… the organisers do not lose the courage. As the workshop has very high quality potential to be implemented in the Architecture Programme Curricula, the “slim version” is proposed to the university authorities…

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: approx. 90 students from the last (5th) year of study in spring semestre. They will participate on mandatory basis in the workshop session as in the part of their block course Arch 5422 Low-cost strategies in design of the spring semestre of the academic year 2014/2015

SUB-THEMES: how to use secondary materials – how to recycle, how to make the users feel the ownership of the public space, how to learn from the PUBLIC space, architecture as a contribution to the development, URBAN REGENERATION, fi nding focal points of public attention, phenomena and archetypes, campus as a place to live, presentation techniques…

LOCATION: Instead of the public condominium in Quiha as proposed originally, the “slim workshop” proposes to build up the prototypes of students design in the campus of the Mekelle University, in Arid, where the faculty of architecture is located as well.

BENEFICIERS: As the aim of the workshop is to build up REAL prototypes of street furniture in the campus, the project will have REAL users. The students and academic staff will profi t from the build prototypes of sitting areas, shaders and rubbish bins.

RESULTS and indicators: There will be 10 different spots with sitting places and shades and rubbish bins built up by students of 5th year of study during a week of the workshop in fi eld – in the campus in Arid. There will be pre and post presentation and evaluation of the project done by interviews and taking pictures before, during and after the construction (3months after the installation).

title workshop ccc5th workshop: CONSERVATION, CREATIVITY and COMMUNICATION

postponed

workshop low cost - title6th workshop: LOWCOST STRATEGIES IN DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION

The workshop is demand-driven project based on identification of needs of the faculty. It is a complement of the course Arch 5422 Low-cost strategies in design for 75students of 5th year in the Program B.Sc. in Architecture.
The aim of the course is to teach and train lowcost strategies in design. Students shall be able to adopt low-cost strategies in their design projects based on international and Ethiopian expert knowledge. Special consideration is given to the field of low cost design in rural areas because School of Architecture and Urban Planning in Mekelle participates in international research programme on rural communities and their development.

AIM: The workshop is an intensive and playful approach to explore the issue of the lowcost design, to explore how architectural tools can be used to shape public interest. The course gives special emphasis to Ethiopian urban/rural context cost minimization, affordability, replicability, material selection, flexibility, effective construction technologies. It is an occasio to support creativity, innovation and the emergence of dynamic low-cost design and sustainable design sectors, to transform the existing potential in a decent and appropriate way, to question the roles of stakeholders and to review its distribution, to evaluate the accessibility and availability of the design, how to activate remoted areas, how to attract the people to care about it, how to think progressively and SUSTAINABLY, how to contribute to the DEVELOPMENT, how to respond to the aspiration of people…

SUB-THEMES: how to use local, primary and secondary materials – how to recycle, how to make the users feel the ownership of the site, architecture as a contribution to the development, material REGENERATION, finding focal points of public attention, phenomena and archetypes, cost minimization, affordability, replicability, material selection, flexibility, effective construction technologies presentation techniques, communication…

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