A one-week international laboratory in Cairo, that will start from taking as a case study the El Khalifa context, in order to help analyze other public spaces around the city, and easily develop new and effective constructive solutions for them. The results of the workshop will be presented as a guideline for policy makers and local architects.
EL KHAFILA NEIGHBOROHOOD AS CASE STUDY
The public space of El Khalifa neighborhood can be a good example of a neglected area as a part of the Islamic Cairo core. The neighborhood includes some major monumental buildings such as the Ibn Tulun Mosque, Keretleyya House, the Shagaret el Dorr Mausoleum, the Sultan Hassan Mosque and several others significant buildings that witnessed crucial events. Public spaces in El Khalifa still accommodate mixed activities, from daily events, both commercial and recreational, to seasonal activities or religious ceremonies. Thanks to its current situation, El Khalifa can help in raising arguments applicable to other neighborhoods and public spaces in Cairo, such as questions about accessibility, safety, vitality, land value, ownership and other mixed responsibilities.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Architects, designers, sociologists and planners from Denmark and Europe will work closely with young local professionals, sharing their experiences, views and ideas on public spaces planning and design. If interested, please send your application, attaching your curriculum vitae (or link to it) and a covering letter, to the following email adresses: