Programme Architecture. History and Project
Urban design, architectural design, infrastructures, climate change, developing countries
PREPARING THE GROUND: URBANIZATION ALONG THE NEW ETHIO-DJIBOUTI RAILWAY
The process of urbanization is connected to the development of infrastructures. Accessibility and spatial configuration play a central role for the success of cities. Ethiopia is one of the developing countries with the highest rate of urbanization accompanied by large investments in infrastructural projects. Within this background the research aims to investigate the spatial feature of the new settlements that are growing along the recent Ethio-Djibouti railway. What kind of spaces this transport infrastructure generates? Which interactions are established between the existing and the new urban fabric? Which ideas and models are behind the new urban plans?
Matteo Gianotti is a PhD researcher working on urbanization in developing countries. He studied architecture and urban planning at Politecnico di Torino, Università IUAV di Venezia and Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg). His Master’s thesis focused on urban development strategies in response to climate change. He worked in the Urban Planning Unit at UN-Habitat (Nairobi) and with Subhash Mukerjee architectural
design studio (Turin).