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Applications are now open for a Failed Architecture research workshop in Cairo, taking place from November 20 to 23, focusing on Al-Azhar’s University Nasr City campus. The Nasr City campus is part of Cairo’s famous Al-Azhar University, one of the oldest universities in the world, and was built in the typical 1960s modernist style of large university campuses. The campus is located in Nasr City, Cairo’s large expansion scheme from the same period, just east of the city center.

In the Failed Architecture workshop, 20 to 30 participants will collaborate on a collective research endeavour using the Failed Architecture timeline methodology. Workshop participants will use site visits, archives, online sources, scientific papers and lectures by experts to examine the different conditions surrounding and influencing the development of the Nasr City campus, from before its construction into the near future. Participants will acquire a detailed understanding of the development of an architectural setting over time and acquire the tools to critically examine other parts of the built environment as well.

The workshop takes place on four full working days (Sunday to Wednesday) and is open for students and young professionals in the fields of architecture, urbanism, planning, geography, media, arts and beyond. Participants will be selected through an open application process, which will close on Tuesday November 8. The Failed Architecture Cairo workshop is organised in collaboration with the Urban Planning Department of Al-Azhar University, and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.