Awareness through Experience... Connecting Solar Elements, Aswan, Egypt

Nourhan El Badry
American University in Cairo
Name(s) of instructor(s): 
Magda Mostafa
Basil Kamel
Brief About The Project: 


This community center project is located in the Aswan desert, which is characterized by extreme climatic conditions. The project aims at raising awareness regarding solar energy in the local Aswan community. This is achieved by creating a space that depends on solar energy for its needs; that is built through local labor and with local materials; and that creates a strong sense of place.

The quality of the project's spaces continuously changes as a result of the sun’s movement, forming a variety of patterns and shadows. The sun therefore affects the aesthetic formation of the place and also provides it with its energy needs. Through this, awareness is achieved through experience.

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