Marta H. Wisniewska is currently working as a researcher in the Chair of Architecture and Construction at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. She received her education at the West Pomeranian University of Technology ZUT Szczecin in Poland, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, as well as the University of the Arts Berlin, Department of Architecture, between 2004 and 2011. Prior to her engagement at FCL, she was working as a lecturer and architectural program coordinator at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development in Addis Ababa. She was in a research team on Refugee Shelter Design for UN Refugee Agency and a coordinator of a consultancy project for Addis Ababa Institute of Technology AAiT. Together with Felix Heisel, she is practicing architecture in Ethiopia with the design for MULU, a sustainable village in Addis Ababa. In 2011, the EiABC Student Council recognized her commitment with a ‘Best Teaching’ award. Her research activities are published in ‘Building Ethiopia’, a book by Zegeye Cherenet and Helawi Sewnet, Addis Ababa, 2012.
In the Chair of Architecture and Construction at FCL, Marta Wisniewska concentrates her research on alternative construction materials and their application in specific contextual settings, taking into account the local availability of materials, human resource capacities and skills. This approach informs a laboratory to test new ideas and the combination of already existing materials and knowledge. Endless stocks of material are already in the cities regarded as waste. Making this (re-)source available, the value-chains of construction products and materials have the great potential for increased ecological and economic efficiency, and with it minimized global material flows. Waste products, but also locally available materials, which were not used in the construction sector yet need to be recognized as basic elements of the urban creation process. Their use, re-use and potential for replacement of other materials are key factors for creating identity, resource efficiency, and added values to a specific urban system.