Fabienne Hoelzel is the Founding-Director of FABULOUS URBAN and Professor of Urban Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.
Fabienne founded FABULOUS URBAN in 2014 after working in São Paulo (Brazil) for one of Latin America's largest slum-upgrading programs as the head of the urban design and planning team at the city's Social Housing and Urban Development Authority that was awarded in 2012 the UN Habitat Scroll of Honor for its pioneering work. From 2008 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2017, Fabienne held a research and teaching position at the Institute of Urban Design at the ETH Zurich. She lectures and writes on a regular base.
FABULOUS URBAN was involved into the Makoko Regeneration Plan, Lagos, Nigeria, that was shortlisted for the 2014 Fuller Challenge, and implemented from 2014-2017 the pilot Makoko Neighborhood Hotspot, a multipurpose community center with biogas plant, biogas-linked community toilets, cooking gas production and farming pipes. Commissioned by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Nigeria, Fabienne coordinated and published in 2016 (1st ed.) and in 2018/ 2019 (2nd ed.) the research "Urban Planning Processes in Lagos. Policies, laws, planning instruments, strategies and actors of urban projects, urban development, and urban services in Africa's largest city", in collaboration with local researchers and urban planning students of the University of Lagos.
FABULOUS URBAN is further involved in a series of community empowering sanitation and micro infrastructure projects in several low-income/ "slum" areas in Lagos, in collaboration with different partners in the civil society.
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Architects and urban designers
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