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Research projects

NesTown Ethiopia

NesTown settlement development on the shore of Lake Tana is a contribution to meeting the Ethiopian urbanisation challenges. It seeks to address the current issues of rapid population growth, rural-urban migration, persisting food insecurity and the provision of education and housing in its design. The project is set up in modules which will allow it to be enlarged by stages, expanded or developed continuously in phases, with improvements from lessons learnt and suggestions received. It includes furthering the concept of self-help building, the facilitation of urban agriculture and the inclusion of small scale economic activities in its spatial layout and development strategy. The core of the spatial concept is formed by a learning centre which offers vocational training suited to the rural-urban interface it is situated at.


Franz Oswald, Bern / Peter Schenker, Bern / Fasil Giorghis, Addis Ababa / Zegeye Cherenet, Addis Ababa / Dr. Martin Grunder, Addis Ababa / Dieter Läpple, Hamburg / Nadine Appelhans, Hamburg / Corinne Kuenzli, Bern / Roland Walthert, Wettingen / Benjamin Staehli, Bahir Dar

Urban Age

The Urban Age Project by the London School of Economics and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society is an unparalleled investigation into the world’s urban future.


Advisors: Andy Altman / Klaus Bode / Sophie Body-Gendrot / Lindsay Bremner / Richard Brown / Amanda M. Burden / Fabio Casiroli / José Castillo / Xianming Chen / Charles Correa / Frank Duffy / Gerald Frug / Hermann Knoflacher / Rem Koolhaas / Dieter Läpple / Guy Nordenson / Enrique Norten / Enrique Peñalosa / Anne Power / Saskia Sassen / Richard Sennett / Ed Soja / Deyan Sudjic / Geetam Tiwari / Tony Travers / Lawrence Vale / Anthony Williams / Alejandro Zaera Polo


SCUPAD is an independent, non-profit, international network organization of planners and development specialists, which was founded by the fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar's Planning session in 1965. As an alumni organization of the Salzburg Global Seminar, SCUPAD’s statutes are lodged with the City of Salzburg, Austria.

SCUPAD is committed to fighting all forms of racism, exclusion and xenophobia, whenever, wherever and however manifested. SCUPAD is dedicated to the concepts of diversity, inclusion, equity and social and economic justice, and a reverence for democratic principles, predicated on respect for and recognition of the inalienable rights of all people.

SCUPAD’s Objectives are to:

  • Maintain professional contacts among its members, including participants of all Urban Planning and related sessions of the Salzburg Global Seminar;
  • Exchange information and new concepts/policies in the field of urban and regional planning and development;
  • Organize an annual Congress on a critical urban planning and development topic, and publish a summary of the proceedings in the SCUPAD Newsletter and other relevant publications.

The circa 150 SCUPAD members include fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar and other planning and development experts invited to participate in SCUPAD Congresses. The members are primarily based all over Europe, in the Middle East and North America. All SCUPAD members are professionals working at a high level in their respective organizations: planning and other government authorities, educational and research institutions, private development and consultancy practices. Professions represented in SCUPAD come from the broad field of urban planning and development, and include architects, city and regional planners, ecologists, economists, geographers, lawyers, political scientists, sociologists, transportation planners, urban designers, as well as developers, journalists and politicians.