End of September 2013, student and teacher teams from Bauhaus University Weimar and University of Juba joined their colleagues from EiABC, Addis Ababa to, within 10 days, out of prefabricated elements collaboratively construct a SICU prototype in scale 1:1 in the Lideta subsity informal settlement.
SICU demonstrates a contextualized affordable method to build scalable prefab housing units that can be influenced by the neighborhood community and be gradually adapted by the house inhabitants themselves. The finalized SICU prototype was built on an 8 x 8 square meter plot situated in a traditional “Slum” neighborhood in Addis Ababa, involving teachers and students from the three partner-institutions, as well as neighborhood stake holders and the local community in the planning and construction process. Previous design steps included scale model rapid prototyping designs and a first test-construction on campus.
This research project on one hand strengthens the collaboration and exchange between Germany and Ethiopia (through the Bauhaus University, icebauhaus and EiABC) in the area of experimental construction, and on the other hand also helps establish EiABC, Addis Ababa as a regional hub of expertice, working together with regional partners like South Sudan to develop alternative concepts of African urban development.