The workshop “Hands On Bambootecture” / “Hands On Campus fu(rni)ture” is the continuation of  long-term collaboration between The Ethiopian Institute of Technology in Mekelle, School of Architecture and Urban Planning and architectural studio Jakub Cigler Architekti – JCA. Exactly with its division for the sustainable architecture within the human commitment unlimitedJCA.

The workshop is an intensive and playful approach to explore the lowcost (bamboo) design and how the architectural tools can be used to shape public interest offering an unique eye opening experience with hands on realisation with the real result and impact on the campus every day life… The campus itself will become the archi-laboratory…

The course gives special emphasis to the local context, the bamboo potential, cost minimization, affordability, sustainability, replicability, material selection, flexibility, user simplicity, effective installation technologies… The focus is on elemental design in architecture and furniture design.

The focus on bamboo was chosen and conducted in accordance with the open International Bamboo Construction Competition (IBCC2019). The objective is to stimulate students interest and accompany their initial ideas, so that they can develop a competitive design.

The workshop has two parts: the hands-on (with in-field survey) and the concept design.


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______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
2018_03-04____workshop uJCA_ws_Hands on Lowcost_Design
2019_03_____workshop Hands on Bambootecture hands_on_bambootecture_result_2019

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The sincere acknowledgement is addressed to all people who contributed with their ideas and energy to make this experience happen.

The whole team of instructors and architects from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning in Mekelle, to the energetic and generous Bet-el Workeye Wondimu, the dynamic and determined Mubarek Kedir Abdulkadir and Abel Getachew Assefa, Matadale Mekonnen Mandefro, Elsa Gidey Gebremariam, Elias Gebrebrhan Gebru, the Chair of Architecture Daniel Yirdaw, visiting Eyoel Guesh, the remoted support Daniel Semunugus, Tu´umay Allene, the Head of the School of Architecture and Haddush Goitom, the scientific director of the EIT-Mekelle.

The workshop would not be possible without the continuous engagement, time and energy of Katka Pazourková, the architect from the studio Jakub Cigler Architekti, of Souleymane Ladji Kone, the complice from JUMP in Burkina Faso, assistance of Michaela Saisová, the production manager of the studio Jakub Cigler Architekti, and the overwhelming generosity of Jakub Cigler, the founder and the director of the studio Jakub Cigler Architekti.

Thank you!
Michaela Solnická Volná