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Introducing Egypt’s Archeoastronomy Through Narrative Spaces (Merkhet Astro-Tourism Center)
Radwa Shalaby Egypt (2022-)

Sep 29, 2023
Astro-tourism in Egypt is a dynamic development. Astro-tourism does not have the attention it deserves in Egypt. According to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, this project's goal is to formulate a design program to raise awareness about the role of the Ancient Egyptians in archeoastronomy through interior design. showing the ideology and symbols of astronomy in the ancient Egyptian civilization for the interior design process. Analyzing the role of interior design in creating astronomy-inspired spaces to support Astro-tourism. These goals were achieved by employing a narrative design method, which was employed in order to develop and promote an understanding of Egyptian archeoastronomy through interior design. and attracting many visitors to understand Egyptian culture through various forms of entertainment.

Location: New Aswan in Aswan, Egypt.
Project's Concept: The concept is applied through The activities of the astro-tourism center include: an exhibition area showing the zodiac map of the stars, which depicts the 12 constellations of the zodiacal band, which creates 36 decans of ten days each, as well as the planets. These decans are groups of stars of the first magnitude. The ancient Egyptian calendar, which was based on 30-day lunar cycles and the heliacal rising of stars, used these. and a day and night area. The earliest sort of timekeeper used by the ancient Egyptians was a sundial, which determines the time of day by observing the position of an object's shadow cast by the sun. The sun moves across the sky as the day goes on, shifting the object's shadow and signaling the passage of time. A sundial's time may be read pretty simply. In direct sunlight, the sundial's gnomon casts a distinct shadow that indicates the time. In ancient Egyptian culture, each day had its own story, which was shown at night by pharaonic symbols that showed the 30-day moon cycles.

SDGs that the project supports:
G4: Quality Education: Preserve cultural variety and the role of culture in sustainable development by ensuring all learners have the information and skills needed to support sustainable development
G8: Decent Work and Economic Growth: Devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.

Project’s Aims:
- Formulate design program to raise the awareness about the role of Ancient Egyptians in archeoastronomy through interior design.
- Studying the ideology & symbols of astronomy in the ancient Egyptian’s civilization for the interior design process.
- Analyzing the role of interior design in creating astronomy inspired spaces to supports Astrotourism.

Technical Data Systems:
- HVAC System
- Fiber optic
- Interactive screens
- Touch screens

- Natural lighting
- Natural ventilation
- Use of local materials (surrounding materials) Used Egyptian pharoanic material such as limestone, palm tree, Sandstone, Alabaster and brass

Activities & Zones:
- Entrance
- Exhibition
- Reception
- Restaurant
- Administration
- Sundial clock area
- Media center
- Research lab
- Events area
- Lecture room
- Gift shop

Project Team
Project designed and presented by: Radwa Abdelaziz Shalaby
-Faculty of Arts & Design - Interior Department - MSA University -

Under the supervision of:
-Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rasha El Zeiny,
-Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoda Madkor
-Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dalia Ezzat
-Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ola Hashem
-Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmed Abdelhalim Salama
-LA.Tarek Fouad
Orchidia House of Arab Arts
Amir Radwan Egypt (2022-)

Feb 27, 2023
Project title: (Orchidia House of Arab Arts)

About the project:
As His Eminence Sheikh Muhammad Hassan said:
“There is no present for a nation that is ignorant of its past... and there is no future for a nation that forgets its virtues”.

Therefore, the subject of the project is the interest in the ancient Arab heritage, which faces many problems at this time, including the multiplicity of opinions and the loss of identity.
The originality of the Arab heritage was combined with the modern character of interior design, such as used in international projects such as: (Expo 2020 - Museum of the Future in Dubai and others).

The philosophy behind the design:
- Shedding light on modern interior design and clarifying its distinctive features and the modern philosophy followed in designing its interior spaces, with a focus on linking functional dimensions and the aesthetic values of the ancient Arab heritage.
- Shedding light on the performing Arab arts (poetry recitation and Arabic literature, Arabic tawshih, chants...etc) due to the lack of sufficient interest in them in Egypt and the lack of places designated for their dissemination. Therefore, the interest in this heritage was through designing a theater dedicated to this type of art.
- Only art can unite people of different orientations, and it is a language that everyone understands. The arts can build bridges for communication between different human civilizations.

Design idea:
The design idea is the result of studying the history of Arab heritage and its many arts and its association with architecture throughout history to create a cultural artistic facility capable of launching a contemporary Arab cultural renaissance at a time when there is a struggle for identity.

The concept revolves around:
(The orchid flower)

- In the Arabic language جذر [(ركيد)، (عنى)، (كلم)], it means: root, so it indicates the value and solidity of the heritage of Arab arts.
- It is one of the stories of kingdoms in Arab mythology.

Design lines:
- The design is a combination of Arabic calligraphy (Al-Tughra line) and contemporary treatments for interior design to give an aesthetic luster to the spaces and show the possibility of using it as an element of aesthetic value in the interior design.
- Using other inspirations from the lines of the orchid and arab distinctive elements such as the desert dunes.
- The design is a combination of wavy and angular shapes, symbolizing the fluid movement of sound and the movement of Arabic calligraphy.

Project Location:
New Administrative Capital, Egypt.

The treatments used in the project:
1- Design treatments:
- The design is a combination of wavy and angular shapes, symbolizing the fluid movement of the sound and movement of Arabic calligraphy (tughra).
- Design is developed through paper models and sketches.
- A stainless steel reflective surface radiates light as an architectural medium.
- Signs and instructions have been used to facilitate the experience for visitors.
2- Interactive treatments:
In theaters:
- Using the 3D holo-net to give effects on stage.
- Using LED screens for presentations.
- Using sensors in the walls to monitor and control sound performance.
- Using moving walls to control the sound quality according to the show.

Materials used in the project:
1- Space Frame: a rigid, lightweight, truss-like structure constructed from interlocking struts in a geometric pattern. Space frames can be used to span large areas with few interior supports.
2- CELLON: a material made of cellulose and phenolic resin, is highly resistant against a wide range of influences such as weather but also to light, scratching, or bumping.
3- Egyptian Onyx Marble: High-quality marble with unique colors.
4- The walls and ceiling of the auditorium are finished in Douglas pine.
5- The floor is finished in oak wood.
6- The side walls are made of a sound-dispersing material with sound-absorbing spaces.
7- Using acoustic panels as an insulating material to keep the sound inside the hall.
Designed by:
Amir Reda Radwan

Under the supervision of:
Professor Dr. Omar Ghoneim
Dr. Heba Hamdy
Preserving the Cultural and Social Values through Art-Based Spaces (Monferrato Art Complex)
seba fayez Egypt (2023-)

Sep 29, 2023
- Introduction:
Alexandria is famous for its architectural history, which carries historical values. Therefore, within the framework of the (Save Alexandria) initiative, which was established in 2012, the trend towards reusing heritage buildings has become desirable, and among these buildings is the Monferrato agency.

This project, based on the cultural and social value of the building, supports the Alexandrian youth who always try to create opportunities from within their community. On the other hand, underground bands have used the building of the Monferrato Agency as an attempt to spread out due to the lack of artistic venues that support these groups. Accordingly, this project aims to reuse the building to supports the local art especially, underground bands in various arts such as performance arts, theatre, graffiti and singing, by providing spaces for performance, training and artwork production with the possibility of communicating with the community to achieve spread and reduce unorganized performances that lead to legal violations.

The design focuses on preserving the architectural character of the building and integrating it with the design to produce different layers that express the intellectual sequence to reach the underground bands.

Project Concept: Innovation multi-layer design solution to show the culture layer of the building based on culture schema theory.

Location: Ahmed Orabi Square Mansheya in the center of Alexandria
Built Date: 1887
Statement of Significance: Historical Value, Cultural Value, Social Value

-Ground floor include:
1- gathering space (cafes, performance space)
2-Musical Exhibition
3- Retails shops
- Second floor:
Co-working spaces.
The project designed and presented by: Seba Fayez abu-raya
-Faculty of Arts & Design - Interior Department - MSA University -

Under the supervision of:
Assoc. Prof. Hoda Madkor
Assoc. Prof. Doaa Shehata
Assoc. Prof. Karam Abdullah
Prof. Dr. Khaled Hawas
Prof. Dr. Ola Hashem
Prof. Dr. Rasha Elzieny
AL. Sarah Noaman
TA. Rawan Ashraf
TA. Merihane El-Jebari
Repurposing of Ismail Pasha Palace as an Environmental Interpretation Center
Hady Shahen Egypt (2023-)

Sep 29, 2023
It’s proved that the amount of rubbish disposed in Cairo amounted to 6.4 thousand metric tons (Statista, 2022). Pollution and excessive waste are increasing every day at Al-Sayedah Zeinab district.

According to Farrag et al., (2018), Reuse is regarded as one of the most crucial methods for historic building preservation. It aids in keeping the historic structure from deteriorating further. Adaptive reuse is the process of utilizing the existing resources by reusing old building for new purpose.

Issues: The abandoned and unutilized Ismail Pasha historical palace regardless its heritage and uniqueness and value - The excess waste and the growing pollution over Al-Sayedah Zeinab district - Lack of awareness and environmental centers that support sustainability at Al-Sayedah Zeinab district
Aims: Studying the current state of Ismail Pasha Palace and defining its architectural characteristics through the successfulness of adaptive reuse - Exploring the environmental approaches that interior designers can consider while reusing historical buildings in relation to the 4Rs - Investigating the needs and requirements of an environmental interpretation center - Formulating a design program that achieve sustainable interior spaces and support the function activities

This project is an adaptive reuse for Ismail Pasha Al Muftish Palace. Repurposing it as an environmental interpretation center; where this kind of interpretation centers are more of an educational venue that translates the language of nature into the language of human beings. The rationale for this project is the lack of awareness towards environmental pollution.

The Implemented Zones:
1- Exhibition
2- Court yard including a multi-function zone (Gallery, speaker’s corner, events, and gallery)
3- Reception
The project designed and presented by: Hady ahmed abdelrazik
-Faculty of Arts & Design - Interior Department - MSA University -

Under the supervision of:
Assoc. Prof. Hoda Madkor
Assoc. Prof. Doaa Shehata
Assoc. Prof. Karam Abdullah
Prof. Dr. Khaled Hawas
Prof. Dr. Ola Hashem
Prof. Dr. Rasha Elzieny
TA. Rawan Ashraf
TA. Merihane El-Jebari
Reusing Kodak shops as a multidisciplinary design hub to enhance Innovation (Notfa multidisciplinary design hub)
Yomna Ahmed Egypt (2023-)

Sep 29, 2023
Reusing Kodak Shops as A Multidisciplinary Design Hub To Enhance Collaboration
(Notfa Multidisciplinary Design Hub)

The main topic of the project is Adaptive Reuse , So the researcher chosen Kodak Shops as it is one of the old and main buildings that are unused until now. It was located at 20 Adly Street downtown. As it is the first kodak in the middle east and Egypt, so it has cultural values, and it has historical values as it was nearly built 100 years ago and in a prominent location in front of it the Synagogue.

My topic is reusing Kodak shops as a Multidisciplinary design hub for the beginner and the startup designers from different field like (Interior, Furniture, and product) to help them go through the field easily and to collaborate, as this will improve their skills, information, and experience.

Multidisciplinary design hub consists of collaborative and innovative co-working space as the design supports the idea well, also consists of gallery to shows their products, and finally a café and lounge as a socialize space. The researcher’s concept depends on dynamic style as it is a direct descendant of the co-working space and achieved it in every part of the project from the architecture to the furniture and design.

The dynamic style also solve the problems of the building as the building consists of a lot of columns in the center of it and has no enough daylight and ventilation especial in the basement so by using the dynamic style that not only depends on the dynamic lines but also by making vertical and horizontal circulation through open a part of the basement’s ceiling and making stairs.

Conceptual Approach:
The concept of researching is based on dynamic style to enhance the importance of collaboration between the different fields of design and to make interactive between Design and the space and to be more flexible and multipurpose space.

The researcher chooses dynamic lines as the real space is so boring and needs some of energy as it is for the designers, to interact well with the user and to increase the Collaboration between them as dynamic style is a direct descendant of the co-working space that makes the division of one open space into many functional areas, the collaboration, and the free movement of people as this is done by using vertical, horizontal, and dynamic lines, and by colors. As yellow to enhance creativity and blue for productivity.

The concept also achieved by making the dynamic walls, by using the stairs that makes the space more dynamic and the using the dynamic furniture that can be reshaped, and by making the space more open as all of that will increase the collaboration between them.

All the space is open as all the zone is open to each other to enhance collaboration as the walls is glass to enter the daylight.

Zone 1: Entrance and reception
-where the designers enter it and then choose the destination they want
-It is supported by the dynamic concept too.

Zone 2: Co-working space
-It is located in the inner of the ground floor to be far from the street noise.
-It is divided to two part the shared space that provided with different types of casual furniture to enhance collaboration, the other part is the mezzanine that is like private work area with traditional furniture.

Zone 3: Café and lounge
-It is located in the basement with stairs from the entrance , the original building has no ventilation and day light in the basement so the designer open part from the ceiling to enter the day light and ventilation
-the designer used day light collector system for the inner part of the café as it has no direct day light

Zone 4: Gallery
-It is located in the ground floor behind the entrance to be near from it.
- The designer made this zone to make the startup designers put their designs.

Activities zones:
-Entrance and reception
-Coworking space
-Cafe and lounge
-Services (Toilets and kitchen )

-Fire system ( fire extinguisher , fire detector )
-HVAC system ( Central Ac system and ventilation )
-Lighting system ( ambient , task , and accent )
-Passive system ( natural ventilation , natural day light )
-Active system ( Day light collectors system)
-Smart and interactive boards
Project designed and presented by: Yomna Ahmed Khaled
Faculty of Arts & Design - Interior Design Department - MSA University

Under the supervision of:
Prof. Dr. Khaled Hawas
Prof. Dr. Ola Hashem
Prof. Dr. Rasha Elzeiny
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoda Madkour