housing, informal settlement, Cairo, urban planning
Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
This thesis examines what to design when designing for the informal and questions the role of the architect. The project combines the inherent qualities of the informal; self-built, incremental construction, and flexibility of spatial uses, with alternative urban design strategies.
The design strategy is to control the ground plane and roof scape, while leaving an open frame in between to be incrementally filled with housing. This frame allows residents to voice their identity by physically constructing their homes. It introduces an urban system that is composed of blocks that consist of an aggregation of identical units. The blocks are connected through a nodal point; the public court. This system allows for repetition and infinite growth beyond the boundaries of the site.
Farid, Cherif, "Learning from the Informal: Designing a New Housing Typology for Informal Development in Cairo" (2017). Architecture Senior Theses. 383.
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