Other: Alexandria: What future for its heritage?

As part of its mission to preserve heritage and develop the urban fabric of Alexandria, and its aim to promote dialogue and exchange within the Mediterranean, Alex Med organized a two week workshop on architectural and urban design from 11–25 November 2007. The participants included student architects from the Facoltà di Architettura Civile and the Dipartimento di Progettazione architettonica of the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and from the Department of Architecture of Alexandria University. The workshop’s partners were Alex Med, the Politecnico di Milano, the Department of Architecture of Alexandria University and the Centre d’Études Alexandrines.

This workshop’s main objective was to “design with the aid of History”, while promoting cultural exchange: an exchange of knowledge and experience between the two universities’ student architects and professors of different backgrounds. The workshop was project based: the final product being three projects presented by the Italian and Egyptian students, assisted by their supervisors. These projects were development proposals for three key areas of the city: Tahrir Square (originally called the Place des Consuls), Fouad Street (the ancient Canopic Way) and the site around the Temple of Ras el Soda in Chatby district.