August 25 - September 6, 2014: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
BACKGROUND: The proposed workshop builds on a long-standing collaboration between ETH Zurich, the Ethiopian Institute for Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC), as well as other Swiss and international partners. This exchange has resulted in a variety of research, teaching and construction projects. This year’s workshop will extend the accumulated expertise and address one of the most pressing challenges in contemporary Addis Ababa: how to make pedestrian mobility safer and more convenient in a rapidly developing, car-oriented urban environment. From August 25 to September 6 2014, twenty Bachelor, Master and PhD students from ETH Zurich and partner organizations in Ethiopia will explore concepts for improving pedestrian mobility. The development of new ideas and strategies will be framed by the workshop’s focus on advancing viable ideas for low-cost mobility in an integrative and more equitable manner. A transdisciplinary setup will serve as foundation for a real-world problem solving process, and develop the capacity to reframe problems in novel ways.
GOAL: During the workshop, the participants will be engaged with concrete methods and tools for enhancing critical thinking and design capabilities. In addition, the students will gain experience in working in an interdisciplinary and multicultural group, by developing, designing and communicating their own projects with the teaching team, experts, as well as various stakeholders of the local communities. The resulting ideas and projects will be presented at the end of the course, and will be further documented after the workshop.
APPLICATION: The workshop is open to all motivated ETH Zurich Bachelor, Master and PhD students (a maximum of 10 students will be selected). Working experience in developing countries and/or profound knowledge in architecture, building construction, urban and transport design, environmental science or political and social science will be a strong selection criteria. Besides technical expertise, applicants will also be evaluated according to their creativity, and social skills. Applicants are asked to send a one-page CV and a one-page letter of motivation in PDF format stating their interest.
COSTS: The course fee for the two weeks program is CHF 400, including accommodation for the whole duration of the workshop. All students are responsible for organizing their own international travel to Addis Ababa. Please note that an application for travel allowances can be made to the Scholarship Office at ETH Zurich when the workshop is closely associated with your course of study programme: https://www.ethz.ch/content/associates/intranet/en/teaching/administration-scholarships.html
DATES & CONTACT: Please send your application to / Deadline for application: April 21, 2014 / Notification of admission: April 28, 2014. Please resend your application if you did not receive an acknowledgement of receipt within two days.