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CAIRO RESIDENCE - BACK TO THE CITY CENTER DS V

In Academic, Saturday, April 04, 2015


CAIRO RESIDENCE - BACK TO THE CITY CENTER



Visions + Typologies for urban living in Cairo



Urban Egypt is facing various problems. The most striking one is the dysfunctional housing market.



Why are the new towns in the desert so popular amongst all Cairenes? Why living somewhere remote, without service and economic facilities, being tied to a car is so attractive? Does it make sense to flee precarious areas, leave the 80percent of unhappy alone and hope to never see them again? Can we think of vision that enables social integration and brings back attention and money to the city center? With our design studio on a former industrial site in Dokki, Cairo we are searching for concepts that can be a motor for the neighborhood and that involves people of different status by sharing spaces or buildings. We aim to design urban spaces and residential typologies that create synergies and have the power to dissolve social boundaries.



Sharing spaces during every day live makes „People meet in architecture“ (title of the 12th Biennale di Venezia in 2010, curated by Kazuyo Sejima). It helps to build sustainable societies in an „Open City“ (title of the 4th international Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in 2009).With our design project are searching forward thinking ideas that are materializing in an urban idea and a housing typology. We tackle problems of the housing market and the society. Exaggeration is welcome. We are considering architecture as a responsibility.



Lecturer: M. Arch. Monique Jüttner


Teaching Assistants:


M. Arch.Ahmed El Hozayen
B. Arch.Omar Diab
B. Arch. Noha Salama  



 


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