15th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
28 May - 27 Nov 2016
27 May 2016 11:45 AM
MAS Urban Design of ETH Zurich at the Egyptian Pavilion
The ETH Zurich Master of Advanced Studies Program in Urban Design at the Chair of Marc Angélil and directed by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (with Something Fantastic and in collaboration with CLUSTER) will contribute to the exhibition REFRAMING BACK//IMPERATIVE CONFRONTATIONS at the Egyptian Pavilion with the results of an investigation on Cairo’s urban mechanisms. In the larger context of the Egyptian capital, it appeared that informal growth and formal development are integrally part of the dynamics of the city. The research and design studio is exploring both phenomenons.

The work primarily focused on the so-called informal area of Ard-El-Lewa, looking into designs for affordable housing units in that neighborhood of Cairo. Architectural and urban analysis of existing typologies of buildings, their flexibility and qualities are displayed along selected students projects showing how rearranging existing building components can lead to new urban forms, and a betterment of the living conditions.