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Incremental Construction

Low-cost modular housing scheme

The Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit, a modular prototype for low-cost houses to foster development of poor neighborhoods, responds to the housing challenge of rapid urbanization.

Close to 90% of components including concrete elements and lightweight eucalyptus frames are prefabricated by small-scale enterprises, creating skilled employment and capacity building. The 56 sq m house can be erected by the owner in nine days, and can be extended by 28 sq m as funds become available.

Project Timeline

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“An experiment that is proven in practice”
 
Global finalist project entry 2015 - Incremental Construction
 
Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20
 
“Sustainability? Acting as mediator, not as architect” – Dirk Donath
 
Bronze for low-cost urban housing plan in Ethiopia
 
“Advancing the constructive framework of the city in the very formation of the urban habitat” – Holcim Awards Jury
 
Project Entry 2014 for Africa Middle East
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Project Details
Location
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Authors
Dirk Donath
MAIN AUTHOR
Dirk Donath
Bauhaus University, Germany
Brook Teklehaimanot
FURTHER AUTHORS
Brook Teklehaimanot
EiABC-Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Prizes
Awards
Bronze 2014
Middle East Africa
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Incremental Construction: Holcim Awards Bronze 2014 for Africa Middle East – Project Overview
Incremental Construction: Holcim Awards Bronze 2014 for Africa Middle East – Project Overview

A project conducted in parallel by the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction & City Development (EiABC), …

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“Sustainability? Acting as mediator, not as architect” – Dirk Donath
“Sustainability? Acting as mediator, not as architect” – Dirk Donath

Dirk Donath from Bauhaus University, Germany says the success of his Holcim Awards Bronze winning project comes from trying to …

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