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Global Housing: Dwelling in Addis Ababa

Dick van Gameren, Nelson Mota [eds.]


Global Housing: Dwelling in Addis Ababa

Dick van Gameren, Nelson Mota [eds.]


Architecture / Bookazines / Series / New titles / Theory / Urbanism



Graphic designer

Studio Joost Grootens (Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat)

Number of pages


Book size

17 x 24 cm




Published by Jap Sam Books and made possible with the generous support of TU Delft | Global Initiative

Global Housing: Dwelling in Addis Ababa is the first book in a new series about Global Housing, edited by Nelson Mota and Dick van Gameren, published by Jap Sam Books in cooperation with the Delft University of Technology.

With contributions by Elias Yitbarek, Nelson Mota, Dick van Gameren, Anteneh Tesfaye Tola, Brook Teklehaimanot, Bregje van Eekelen. And the students of the Global Housing Graduation Studio at TU Delft (2014-17).

Global Housing: Dwelling in Addis Ababa brings together essays and architectural projects that discuss housing as a key component in the social and urban development of Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Over the last two decades the urban landscape of Addis Ababa has been changing at a fast pace, with disruptive consequences for the physical and social fabric of the city. Housing has been one of the key factors for this transformation, affecting job creation, craftsmanship, social and spatial equity, and dwelling practices, to name but a few.

The edited volume brings together twelve architectural projects developed by graduation students from TU Delft’s Global Housing educational program that explore alternative approaches to housing design, dwelling on the challenges brought about by Africa’s urban revolution.

Divided into two sections, this richly illustrated book offers reflections on the city of Addis Ababa, its different types of traditional and contemporary housing and its recent evolution in Part 1; and portfolios of the projects designed by the students enrolled in the program in Part 2. Each portfolio is structured around a theme or issue encountered by the participants in the studio, which is developed upon in a short study. A final essay based on interviews conducted with local actors and examining the challenges set by the city’s rapid urbanization concludes this fascinating contribution to innovative architectural thought in an increasingly urbanized world.

About the editors: Dick van Gameren is an architect and Professor Dwelling at Delft University of Technology. From 1993 to 2005, he was a partner at De Architectengroep in Amsterdam. In 2005, he founded Dick van Gameren architecten. Since 2013 Van Gameren is a partner at Mecanoo Architecten. Since April 2019 he is the dean of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. Nelson Mota is Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology. He holds a professional degree in Architecture (1998) and an advanced master on Architecture, Territory and Memory (2006) from the Department of Architecture at University of Coimbra (Portugal) and a PhD (2014) from Delft University of Technology.