Place-based approaches to emerging architectural, urban design and planning challenges in Africa and the Global South





The conference "Through Local Eyes: Place-based approaches to emerging architectural, urban design and planning challenges in Africa and the Global South" is a joint initiative of research groups working in the Université libre de Bruxelles, the University of Addis Ababa and the Université de Liège.

Our conference is conceived as a platform for researchers, PhD students, academics, decisions makers and practitioners whose work engage local approaches to the built environment at different scales in the Global South and in particular in Africa.

Call for participation


During the course of the conference, which will be a three-day event on 29-31 October 2018 in Addis Ababa, we welcome four types of presentations which are described in the Conference format page of the website.

The call for participation is now closed.

Contribution proposals should be introduced through the conference's online submission platform (available starting 27th December 2017). File formats and subsequent guidelines will be directly indicated on the submission platform :

Contributions proposals to this conference will undergo two distinct revisions stages: 1) at the submission of abstracts; 2) at the submission of full-papers / extended abstracts. each stage will be subject to a peer review process. Contributions will be examined by the scientific committee, and selected according to criteria of originality, scientific quality, geographic and gender representativeness.

Abstracts are due by 12:00 PM CET time (UTC+1), 31th January 2018 (extended deadline). Applicants may submit multiple contributions of different formats (one contribution per format), but must enter only one contribution at a time per submission via the online platform. The different formats are full length paper, full session, poster, training workshop, and lightning talk. Details to be found in the format section of the website. Abstracts must be clear and well written. The official language for submission is English, nevertheless, contributions in French are also welcomed.

Acceptance and registration fees (early birds : 50 euros / regular : 70 euros) will be announced by 17th February 2018.


Registration is open. To pay your registration fees, please follow this link :

Registration fees are 50 euros for early birds (until the 1st of September 2018) and 70 euros for regular registration (from the 1st of September 2018 to the 15th of October 2018). Payments are available by western union transfer, RIA, paypal or direct bank transfer. Bank transfer instructions and terms and conditions are indicated on the payment page.

Please note that the registration is nominative. In the case of a paper with multiple authors, each author must register to participate in the conference. Several registrations can be done at the same time.

Beware that registration close the 15th of October 2018 (deadline extended to 22th of October 2018).


It is unfortunately not possible to access the venue nor to attend the conference if you have not registered through this website before the above deadline.



The conference will take place at the UNCC-AA, the UN-ECA's Conference Center.

The UN-ECA Conference Center is a fully integrated and secured complex with state-of-the-art facilities, large meeting rooms, exhibition space, advanced audio-visual equipment, high-speed wireless internet connections and catering services.

For security reasons, only participants registered by October 15th (extended to 22th October) to the conference will be authorised to enter the venue’s premises.

Lunch and coffee breaks are included in registration fees and will be provided at the venue. The walking diner on Monday evening and guided tours are additional services, other diners won’t be provided by the conference organizers.

The venue is a fully non-smoking facility.

For more information, please visit :

Visas and travel expenses

All participants to the conference should take care of their own travel arrangements and eventual visas and authorizations to join the conference. Financial aid (travel grants, best paper grants and reduction of registration fees) may be granted under certain conditions.


Ethiopia has set up an online visa application platform (


Important Notice!
We have come to know that there are some fraud websites which have similar look and feel with Ethiopian official visa website
. Please note that the Ethiopian Government doesn't have any agreement with the owners of those websites. Any visa application submitted or payment made through these websites is not acceptable. Please do not submit visa application on , , or others and always prefer to apply for a visa at the Ethiopian embassy of your country, if possible, in order to limit the risks.

We suggest to apply for a regular tourist visa, which can be issued as you land in Addis Ababa airport or in advance, with the Ethiopian online visa application platform and the Ethiopian embassy in your country. If you must have a business/conference visa, you should first register on the online platform ( and then, send a mail to to request a formal invitation letter from our Ethiopian partners at EiABC. In order to be valid and being processed by our partners at EiABC, this request should include a scan of your passport.


A provisional program is available at this page :

Beware that this program is subject to final changes.

You can download the Book of Abstracts (web version) by clicking the following button :

Keynote Speakers


All keynote speakers are presented at this page :

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Organizing Committee



Scientific committee

  • Genet Alem, TU Dortmund (Germany)

  • Adriana Allen, University College of London - Development Planning Unit (United Kingdom)

  • Marcello Balbo, International urban migrations UNESCO chair / IUAV-Venice (Italy)

  • Zegeye Cherenet, Addis Ababa University - EiABC Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (Ethiopia)

  • Marco Di Nunzio, London School of Economics and Political Sciences - LSE Cities (United Kingdom)

  • Kabata Kabamba, ISAU/UPN Kinshasa  (Democratic Republic of Congo)

  • Philipp Misselwitz, Habitat-Unit, Technische Universität Berlin (Germany)

  • Sabine Planel, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) / Research Institute for Development (France)

  • Dominique Rouillard, ENSA Paris-Malaquais (France)

  • Haïm Yacobi, University College of London - Bartlett School of the Built Environment, Development Planning Unit (United Kingdom)


Certificates of participation will be issued to the participants during the conference.

According to the authors acceptance, conference proceedings containing the extended abstracts will be published online.


Significant contributions fulfilling the revision process will be invited for publication in a edited book.

This event is funded by :


  • Facebook - Black Circle