summaery2018: Projects

Metabolism-based Planning Strategies for Rural-Urban Transformation in Ethiopia.

Project information

submitted by

Philippe Schmidt, Sven Schneider


Alejandra Urrutia Pinto, Amayu Wakoya Gena, Andrej Sluka, Anthea Swart, Arda Yeldan, Aurelija Matuleviciute, Ayah Al-Sabbagh, Bastiaan Woudenberg, Benjamin Rothmeier, Constantin Friedrich Kozák, Fikremariam Hailu, Furui Yang, Harneet Kaur, Jakob Moritz Becker, Jonas Weil, Jose Mauricio Velazco Londono, Lina Ayser Jamil Halaseh, Lukas Kirschnick, Maria Dorothea Mönig, Marina Evstifeeva, Mengxi Kou, Michaela Mösing, Nils Fabian Voerste, Peter McCabe, Philip Schäffler, Samuel Snider, Shunsuke Yoshida, Siim Kuusik, Silke Weise, Ting-Yu Hsu, Truc Anh Nguyen, Xuanyu Li, Yuanji Shi, Yulin Wang, Yun Shu, Yunhang Wang


Sven Schneider, Philippe Schmidt, Martin Dennemark, Reinhard König, Abdulmalik Abdulmawla. Weitere beteiligte Lehrende: Bernd Nentwig, Antonia Herten, Andreas Aicher

Faculty / Section:
Architecture and Urbanism

Degree programme:
European Urban Studies (english) (Master of Science (M.Sc.)),
Advanced Urbanism (english) (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Type of project presentation



Summer semester 2018

Exhibition Location / Event Location
  • Belvederer Allee 1a - Kubus

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC)

Project description online

The transformation from a mainly agricultural society to industrialisation facing Ethiopia these days is linked to substantial changes of the country’s rural and urban areas. With these shifts, the processes of urbanisation and expectations towards modernisation are seen as a chance to create new and adaptive urban planning strategies that meet specific needs and conditions of the Ethiopian development context in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Key factors like food security, energy, water and sanitation are important determinants to understand how resources are connected to material and land consumption and how they influence the development of prospective cities. Thus, our study project considers material flows and circulation within the urban system as crucial when it comes about any building activity in rapidly urbanising regions and its impact on the existing environment,.

Referring to urban metabolism as a framework for urban design and planning of small cities, students developed spatial models and concepts to simulate possible development scenarios. The findings also make visible opportunities and limitations of such concepts for disciplines concerned with urban development and design.

This study project is contributing to IN³ – Integrated Infrastructure – A Planning Strategy for Sustainable and Resilient Spatial Structures in Emerging Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Email: Philippe.Schmidt[at]

Exhibition Location / Event Location