Experimental prototypes for emerging housing constructions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

This article describes research into affordable housing in Ethiopia by implementing architectural prototypes. The use of architectural prototypes in the development process is discussed in terms of the role they can play throughout the entire building process. The paper discusses the potential for experimenting with new architectural proposals at true scale and under real conditions, and is illustrated using a case study at the EiABC in Addis Ababa.