The course gives special emphasis to the local context, cost minimization, affordability,
sustainability, replicability, material selection, flexibility, user simplicity, effective installation technologies… The focus is on elemental design in architecture and interior design with the strong feature of graphic design.

The workshop has two parts: HANDS ON and CONCEPT DESIGN
Hands on… It implies active participation in a direct and practical way. The focus
of this experience is on the final realisation in shared spaces of the building of the
School of Architecture. A thoughtful permanent installation facilitating the installation
of semestral expositions… The Concept design… broader integration of the techniques of the techniques experienced in the part “hands on” into the project of coworking HUB in Prague (option A) or in Bilovec (option B)


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

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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, Imrekib Wouhib Kebede, Abel Getachew Assefa, Matadale Mekonnen Mandefro, Tewdros Alemayehu Walde, Dawit Gebrehiwit Tesfay, Elsa Gidey Gebremariam, Elias Gebrebrhan Gebru, the Chair of Architecture Ephrem Nigussie, visiting Eyoel Guesh, the complice and 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 and Lucie Senešiová, the architects from the studio Jakub Cigler Architekti, assistence of Michaela Saisová, the production manager of the studio Jakub Cigler Architekti, the contribution of Jakub Herman, the initiator of Bílovec coworking centre and the overwhelming generosity of Jakub Cigler, the founder and the director of the studio Jakub Cigler Architekti.

Thank you!
Michaela Solnická Volná