The first phase of the construction of the model of Addis Ababa, made by the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building & Construction Management (EiABC) at a cost of 1.3 million Br is to be delivered to the Urban Planning & Information Institute (UPII) at the end of this month.
The model, one of the three projects contracted to EiABC along with the revision of building height regulations and the evaluation of the Addis Ababa master plan, occupies 79sqm. Built on a one to 1,000 scale, the construction of the model took about seven months using a laser cutter. The model, which sits on 98 tables of 90cm by 90cm, is made out of plywood.
Although, the memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the construction of the model was signed a year and half ago with the Proto Lab of the EiABC, it took some time to start as the laser cutter already on order took some time to come.
The laser cutter, bought at 40,000 dollars, is used to mark, cut and engrave materials guided by a computer input. The machine cuts different types of materials including plywood, plexiglass and paper at different depths.
The Urban Planning Institute had already planned to have a model to be made for the whole city; however it decided to do it in phases as model would have reached 36m on one side, according to an official in the Proto Lab, who are not authorised to comment.
The first phase of the model covers the part of Addis from CMC to Piassa and Gottera.
As it is now, the city has no place readied to display it. Initially, it was planned to have the models of each district displayed in their relevant offices, but it was incompatible to the grid system the model was constructed on, according to the official.
“The districts are divided based on natural elements like rivers and forests,” he told Fortune.
A total of 20 students, which were hired during the summer, and three employees of EiABC worked on the project, with each component of the city fed into the laser cutting machine as two-dimensional drawings.
It will be a helpful tool for Urban Design, as models of new construction designs can be inserted into the city model to give them perspective and see how they look, according to the official.
Source: All Africa