Chair of / Cátedra de /
Lehrstuhl für


Prof. Hubert Klumpner


Chair of Architecture and
Urban Design /  
Institute of Landscape- and
Urban Studies / LUS
Member of Network City and Landscape / NSL
Co-Director of ETH Wohnforum,
Centre for Architecture
Society and Environment / ETH Wohnforum / ETH CASE
Co-Founder and Members
of Institute of Science
Technology and Policy / ISTP
Member of the ETH Sustainability
Steering Committee
Informal Urbanism Regional
Hub of UN-Habitat Universities




Learning From Kigali

How do African urbanization and contemporary architecture take shape under the pressures of rapid urban growth, global foreign investment, urgent socio-economic and environmental performance demands, and the needs of rural to urban societies?

Kigali, the capital of Rwanda has re-designed itself to be Africa`s model gateway city, a global example for implementing environmental cleanliness and leapfrogging future-orientated sectors of innovation. The topography of hills, villages, and wetlands, the dynamics between visible and invisible infrastructures of the formal and informal city, and contrasting realities of central and peripheral areas challenge the implementation of visionary policies projecting a future for a middle- income country by 2035.

We will explore diverse urban atmospheres, engage with our local partners, students, architects, planners, and changemakers to discuss questions on resilience and sustainability. We will visit vibrant public spaces, agricultural wetland projects, innovation hubs, and prototypical architectures for health and education that promote process, material resourcefulness and design as a tool to positively impact people in complex transient african environments.

  • Team
    Prof. Hubert Klumpner
    Anne Graupner
    Diogo Figueiredo
  • Travel Dates
    23.-30. October 2022
  • Organization
    ECTS Credits - 2
    Open to all students.
    Max : 10 Students
    Priority given to those in the chair’s Design Studio.
  • Cost Range
    Class F
  • Other Information
    Vaccine requirements apply for travel eligibility. We kindly ask all parti- cipants to contact the Center for Tropical Medicine and clarify the exact vaccination needs in advance.