The Design Week Addis Ababa festival aims to further the creative industries in Ethiopia. On January 14, 2017, EiABC in association with East Africa Holding (E.A.H) will host the ‘Architecture/Urban Planning’ theme.

The Design Week Addis Ababa (DWAA) has the goal to foster the economic potential of designers, creators, and innovators by showcasing their projects and products directly to the end users and commercial partners. The multidisciplinary festival in alignment with UNESCO’s Creative Cities initiative covers a variety of themes such as architecture and urban planning, industrial and interior design, fashion, visual communication, art and multimedia and other.

EiABC has taken on the role of organising and hosting the ‘Architecture/Urban Planning’ theme. The goal of the event is to create a discussion platform on the topic of Addis Ababa Becoming. It focuses on how Addis Ababa is changing at an ever faster pace with the consequences nearly impossible to determine.

The event will take place on January 14, 2017, and consist of two parts:

Part 1: 1pm - 3pm Exhibition at Swedish Pavilion, EiABC

The different Chairs of EiABC will exhibit designs and research that their faculty and students have developed related to the theme Addis Ababa Becoming. From urban and regional concepts to landscapes and built structures, from material research, sustainabilit, and environmental responsiveness approaches to socially, economically, and culturally sensitive designs.

Part 2: 4pm -7pm Panel Discussion and Cocktails at East Africa Holding Factory (opposite EiABC)

The discussion will focus on the topic of the necessary removal of industrial zones from the city, which have been laid down in the new master plan for the city. Since the East Africa Holding factory has for a long time been operating in Lideta it is taking the initiative to invite guests to contribute in the development of a vision on how to put the master plan idea into practice. The panellists will represent different aspects and viewpoints including environment, sustainability, housing, design culture and socio-economic factors.

Website Design Week Addis Ababa http://www.designweekaa.org/


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