- Oswald, Franz and Schenker, Peter, NESTown: New Ethiopian Sustainable Town A Real Life Experiment, 2010, http://www.atdforum.org/IMG/pdf_OswaldATDF2010.pdf
type of New Town:
> scale of autonomy
Buranest is a real life experiment with the goal of creating a Self-sustaining Town in the region of Amhara. The idea to plan a sustainable city responds to the need of settlement for the growing population in the Horn of Africa and to face Ethiopians inner migration from rural land to the urban centers. The authorities of Amhara are working closely since 2007 with NESTown group, which includes members from the ETH Zurich.
The project aims to make up urban life with rural tradition and it is based on principles of self-building, self-provision, self-management and self-administration. As regards the agriculture model, founded on the concept of ecology, exchange and education, it wants to produce an added value from town agriculture on the basis of vocational diversity and co-operative societies.