(In)formal Pattern Language in Egypt

Designing processes for informal settlements

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    Designing processes for informal settlements, Cairo, Egypt

    Improvitecture optimizes existing conditions through urban acupuncture without destroying self-organized socio-cultural and economical networks and patterns. Tools and proposals use the same tactics of the (in)formal like compactness, incompleteness, hyperfunctionality, urban layering and resource centrality, to re-appropriate and blend with the built environment. Interventions are flexible, hybrid and expandable to comply with future informality and long-term adaptability.

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    Designing processes for informal settlements, Cairo, Egypt

    Optimization of waiting agricultural land: Interventions create a model for environmentally, economically and socially responsible cradle-to-cradle design. They propose urban farming, spaces for micro-economies, photovoltaic power generation, grey water usage, waste management and the integration of locally sourced and recycled construction materials.

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    Designing processes for informal settlements, Cairo, Egypt

    Context: Negotiating the formal [in]formal juxtaposition through the case study of Ard El Lewa.

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    Designing processes for informal settlements, Cairo, Egypt

    Designed replicable and open source tools in relation to the typologies of participation.

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    Designing processes for informal settlements, Cairo, Egypt

    Extracting local patterns from maps to create the 101 [in]complete pattern matrix.

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    Designing processes for informal settlements, Cairo, Egypt

    The Improvitecture generated by community members, architecture students and experts.

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    Designing processes for informal settlements, Cairo, Egypt

    Design proposal and optimization for urban voids.

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    Designing processes for informal settlements, Cairo, Egypt

    Optimization of urban voids through “Community Walls”.

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    Designing processes for informal settlements, Cairo, Egypt

    Design proposal and optimization for rooftops according to typology.

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    Designing processes for informal settlements, Cairo, Egypt

    Optimization of existing pigeon towers: A cradle-to-cradle approach.

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    Designing processes for informal settlements, Cairo, Egypt

    Nada Nafeh, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

  • Next generation Next Generation 3rd prize 2017–2018 Middle East Africa

Designing processes for informal settlements: Design of an “(in)formal pattern language” to improve the conditions of poverty-stricken and fast-growing informal neighborhoods.

By Nada Nafeh - University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Ideas: Economic & Social Empowerment

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.

(In)formal Pattern Language in Egypt

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