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(In)formal Pattern Language in Egypt

Designing processes for informal settlements

Design of a so-called “(in)formal pattern language” to improve the social and physical conditions of Cairo’s poverty-stricken and fast-growing informal neighborhoods.

Stakeholders are enticed to take charge of their environment via the deployment of straightforward “patterns” for improving their neighborhood.

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[in]formal Pattern Language
Next Generation prizes: The future is in their hands
“Merging use patterns and architectural patterns in sustainable ways”
Project Entry 2017 for Middle East Africa
Project Details
Cairo, Egypt
Nada Nafeh
Main Author
Nada Nafeh
The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Masters thesis project conducted at The University of Waterloo, Canada in collaboration with The American University in Cairo, Egypt.
"Next Generation" 3rd prize 2017
Middle East Africa
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“A holistic approach for long-term adaptability” – Sustainable design by Nada Nafeh
“A holistic approach for long-term adaptability” – Sustainable design by Nada Nafeh

The design processes for informal settlements in Cairo is sustainable because it takes a long-term and holistic …

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