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Nile Islands Initiative (Nil)

In Academic, Friday, May 03, 2013

The Nile islands Initiative (Nil) was founded by Cornelia Redeker and Hazem Fouad in 2013 as a spin-off project in association with GUC, German University in Cairo, Architecture and Urban Design Program. »Nil« is planned as a multidisciplinary open platform initiated to map, protect and activate the spatial qualities of the Nile islands in the context of increasing urbanization. There are an estimated 144 islands in the Nile of which many are threatened by encroachment and environmental degradation. At the same time their legal status is unclear. Dahab Island, in the middle of Cairo, is currently serving as a case study for »Nil« activities. Environmental protection and urban upgrading regarding informal building activities, water quality and supply, solid waste management, empowerment of the local community and habitat protection are the strategic aim.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cornelia Redeker

Hazem Fouad