© Urban Design and Planning Team: Fabienne Hoelzel, Julia Valiengo
FABULOUS URBAN is an urban design, research and planning agency specializing in regions of the Global South, established in Geneva and currently based in Zurich and Lagos. Our design and planning approach is strongly research-led and radically hands-on. We act as well as think-tank as we draw up position statements and develop background information.
In our design and planning work we stand for comprehensive, community-based concepts, preferably covering all scales in one project – from strategic planning to detailed construction design, keeping the dignity of the human being in the center of thoughts. Empowering communities – and therein especially the women and girls – is a key strategy in our projects. We tap into (functioning) local practices, we embed ourselves into local and strategic actor-networks as well as into (our own) evidence-based research.
In our research and think-tank activities we engage in civil-society-led urban planning policy development and in the empowerment of micro-governance processes. We develop working and position papers on urbanization topics and we conduct workshops with low-income communities for capacity strengthening purposes. We aim at contributing to the ongoing debate on the African city as well as urban planning and infrastructure planning approaches in the context of rapid urbanization in sub-Saharan Africa.
We operate from Switzerland that offers excellent infrastructure, global networking, and great access to international as well as Swiss foundations and organizations, and we maintain a liaison office in Lagos (Nigeria).
FABULOUS URBAN is registered in Switzerland and in Nigeria.