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RESEARCH LOCATION: CAIRO

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RESEARCH LOCATION: HAMBURG

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Type: urban re-search

Role: Team leader, leading the concept development and implementation of the Neighbourhood Workshop Project.

Location: Hamburg, Germany and Cairo, Egypt

The project was presented in the RC21 Berlin through a paper written together with Aya Nassar



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The Neighbourhood Workshop Research Program is an ongoing collaboration between the Urban Design department at HCU - Hamburg and the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University.
The research tackled neighborhoods from different angles and perspectives. The focus was to investigate and describe the variety of neighbourhoods in Cairo and in Hamburg, using a detailed analysis based on evidence from different methods. The workshops are rather seen as a process than a final product where the participants work together in interdisciplinary teams and develop their approach.

The aim of the research was to raise those questions:
What would happen if a built city would be left totally for the people to do as they would want? How will this affect the social and built up structure? What form of governance would take place? Would there be total chaos and fear? And what would happen if it’s the other way round – if the city is totally controlled with laws and regulations? And is there a place in between?

In order to approach such a theme that affects the structure of a neighbourhood we built up a module that consists of three parts. Part 1 and 2 chose two case studies in Hamburg and Cairo respectively that highlighted different forms of formal and informal adaptations and regulations in the city.

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Project was visited by:
Ingrid Breckner, Jesko Fezer, Marjetica Potrc, Zegeye Cherenet, Christopher Dell, Diane Singerman, Paul Amar, Dina Shehayeb, Mohamed El Shahed.

Core Team:
Hamburg: Sarah Asseel, Lene Benz, Mathias Schnell and Philipp Wetzel
Cairo: Aya Nassar, Nihal Ragab
Hamburg supervisor: Prof. Bernd Kniess
Cairo supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mohamed Soffar

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Research was funded by DAAD. Total funding package: 70,000 Euros
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Abstract of paper, Accessing Cairo,  presented at the RC21

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD

WORKSHOP PROJECT


2012 - 2014

SARAH ASSEEL

AYA NASSAR

NIHAL RAGAB

LENE BENZ

MATHIAS SCHNELL

PHILIPP WETZEL

BERND KNIESS

MOHAMED SOFFAR

 

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