Income Generating Workshops

 
1. Genuine Plastic Bags workshop - Plastic Bags Recycling
 


Yara Yassin is a freelance product designer and Rania Rafie is product designer working as the fablab manager at Ice Cairo. They ran a 2 day workshop to introduce the participants to the endless variety of shapes that plastic bags can be formed into, by just using an iron.
Also, they introduced the participants to the possibility of knitting from plastic. At the end of the workshop participants came out with shopping bags and  purses which one can use personally or just sell in the market.
 
2. Zawaya, Ola Abulshalashel - Aluminium Recycling
Ola Abulshalashel worked as Arts and Crafts Teacher in Handmade's Summer School 2008 and at Drumstick Designs as Operations Manager and developed different upcycling ideas and designs for soda cans. She is currently working on Shalashel project for creating useful things out of trash. She ran this workshop to teach participants about aluminium as material and how to work with it. She trained participants about creative thinking and realizing ideas and she guided them through creating their products and let them come up with ideas, instead of the teaching thinking for them. Participants now have more information about aluminium and how to upcycle it. 
At the end of the workshop, participants were able to come up with new ideas, and realize them into actual products. 
They worked on a product of their own choice during the workshop and after receiving feedback from others, they at least have one project in mind to work on after the workshop.
 
3. Trash Art & crafts - La Débrouille 
 

La Débrouille Workshop TT

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Emilie Despesse and Maly Chhum from La Débrouille held a four day workshop; One day for plastic bottles, one day for paper, one day for tyres and one day for cans.
Waste? Scraps? These words could loose their obvious meaning after this workshop.
A box of secrets made out of a plastic bottles and two caps, a milk pack folded to create a wallet, a newspaper metamorphosed into a basket or a sun hat, an aluminium can bended into an ashtray.
 


Community Engagement Workshops
 

1. MUSEO AERO SOLAR
Museo Aero Solar is a flying museum, a solar balloon completely made up of reused plastic bags, with new sections being added each time it travels the world, thus changing techniques, drawings and shapes, and growing in size every time it sets sail in the air. Museo Aero Solar stands for a different conception of space and energy, both anomalous and forceful at the same time. The core of the museo resides in the inventiveness of local inhabitants, not in its image: among collective action and art, do-it-together technology and experiment, it is a voyage back/forward in time.
The MAS project is a collective event that places a challenging achievable objective at the center of a simple modular work structure, allowing creative experimentation within the contexts of aesthetics, practicality and ecology. MAS offers a neutral environment for people to exercise their good judgment, and to cooperate with others. It is a “task” with itself being its own reward. It draws attention to issues of collective work methodologies, motivation without material reward or punishment, resource management, and waste.

 

Museo Aero Solar in Cairo
 


The Museo Aero Solar workshop in Cairo is the first of all a collective action based on a very low-technology activity: cutting and pasting together a local collection of used plastic bags. The people involved in this very simple action, were invited to bring their own collection of used plastic bags, in order to add them to the balloon. Museo Aero Solar is in fact a collection in which the content coincides with the container. All the reused plastic bags are the object of the collection and in the meantime they create the same space where the collection is presented. The duality between content and form is thus abandoned on behalf of a dialectical union of the two. The dialogue then is extended to the preeminent non-objectual collection of Museo, constituted by memories belonging to people connected to it, by a series of actions and by knowledge exchanges. During days the workshop will be developed as a multiform space and concept, an instrument to gain other imaginaries rather than just an object. Museo Aero Solar is as well an occasion to project one's self into an imaginary flying and moving dimension and to imagine different ways to use the balloon and the plastic bags with colorful surfaces. For instance, creating big surfaces allowed people to eventually create temporary spaces. 
The Museo used the universal language of example to communicate to all classes and cultures. By presenting a simple objective with defined tools and materials it is possible to quickly communicate the goal of the event without conventional spoken language. The concept is to leverage small unit objectives worked on by individual participants into a mega-module, that in turn can be combined, added to, or partially swapped with other mega-modules. This approach makes it possible to access all ability levels of participants. There are operations, which challenge proficient participants, as well as rudimentary operations, which challenge but are solvable for physically or mentally impaired persons, and all levels between. The process of combining the efforts of all proficiency levels allows for an integration of these classes and the creation of a collective unit. The project is also culturally neutral, and confronts participants with the modernity of their own synthetic environments in contrast with the vast, natural, awe-inspiring vista of the dawn sun touching our hand-made work, and causing it to fly. It makes us rethink then the practice of collecting and consuming. It carries on the ideas of breaking the limits between borders by using very commons materials and techniques and of introducing new and shared actions within the daily social and individual life.

2. Råderum 
Råderum - office for contemporary art was created on the initiative of curator Charlotte Bagger Brandt. The principal objective of Råderum is to create new opportunities for contemporary art, and the ambition of the office is to work across the boundaries of established genres and institutions. The idea behind the office is to shape new constellations and develop new formats within the contemporary art scene. The office works with art at every level: Exhibitions, lectures, consultancy, research, analysis, and publications. Since 1999 Charlotte has curated, conceptualised and produced contemporary art exhibitions, seminars and other art related projects. She co-initiated and curated the U-TURN Quadrennial for Comtemporary Art in 2008. Since 2000 she was the main curator at Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, and from 2005 – summer 2006 the working director of Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall. Charlotte Bagger Brandt works as advisor in various contexts and also as a guest lecturer at University of Copenhagen. 
 
Buro Detours in partnership with Raderum from May 25th to 29th in Cairo
Urban furniture workshop: From left over materials from the city: wood, scrap and plastic etc Buro Detours will conduct an open workshop shaping the materials into urban furniture to be used in public spaces. The idea is to give the community in Fustat the possibility to be a part of reshaping the streets by showing easy and interesting ways to create urban furniture together that are playful and interesting to use for all ages. One working method of Buro Detours is to work with open source recipes and to do urban actions in public space. The aim of this method and the urban actions is to engage and highlight how citizens can take part in leaving a mark on their city in a creative and simple way. 
 
3. 3andina 3agala…
Renet Korthals Altes:
Creating collective urban spaces has been a constant focus throughout Renet’s career. She graduated in 2003 at the Technical University of Delft in architecture with honors, by developing a design tool which helps to improve the contribution of the built environment by facilitating the contact between the neighborhood and dependent elderly. When obtaining an additional degree in Education at the Pedagogical Academy she focused on the relation between the design of a schoolyard and the behavior of children (bullying, activity, gender integration).
Renet has subsequently worked for 8 years - most of which in Amsterdam with www.carve.nl - as a consultant and designer of public spaces, mostly intended for use by children and their parents. She strongly believes that the essence of this work is to create a truly multifunctional public facility which is inviting to everyone. The design phase of her projects always includes consultations with stakeholders in the surrounding neighborhood to create buy-in and input. From their input she distracts the true needs and the threads. She essentially tries to design opportunities to meet, move, rest, play and interact.
 
Alyaa Taha
Alyaa Taha is a young architect who has completed her BSc in Architectural Engineering at the British University in Egypt, where she also has experience as a teaching assistant. She achieved her MSc in Sustainable Heritage from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London. She is passionate about work that has direct cultural impact. She now works at Takween ICD, where she works on projects in both the sectors of heritage and development. Her past work includes participatory projects in Historic Cairo.
 
Ahmed Borham
Ahmad Borham is a practicing design architect and a teaching assistant at the American University in Cairo and the Arab Academy of Science and Technology and other educational institutions in Cairo. He has a masters of science in environmental design titled Resilient Rules: Culture and Computation in Traditional Built Environments. He is co-director of Cairo from Below initiative. Cairo from Below’s mission is to encourage inclusive, transparent and resilient urbanization in Cairo. As a collective of academics, practitioners, students and urbanists from Cairo and around the globe, they endeavor to provide information and opinion to bring together, empower and inspire the next generation of urban practitioners and leaders.
He also maintains the Drawing Parallels blog where he draws comparisons between urban conditions in Cairo and other cities in search for emergent patterns.http://drawingparallels.blogspot.com
Ahmad is also co-founder of Madd Platform that communicates with the public through local initiatives that pull together ideas, proposals and willing expertise that all share the same participatory principles and form a pool for the implementation of actions on the ground.
 

 

The workshop:
The exact content will be based on the outcomes of the Neighborhood Profile where the area’s inhabitants of the area will indicate:
1.     the locations most suitable for this intervention
2.     the most needed elements according to the chosen location: meeting places, playing elements, or something else.
The workshop will focus on urban elements for children, as safe places to play and meet, created out of tires and other recycled elements. The focus on tires and car repair-related materials is due to the high density of car repair workshops in the vicinity.
If the Neighborhood Profile has predefined the location and elements to be designed, the workshop will be carried out with a multidisciplinary group of children, and mechanics from the area, as well with some professional architects or urban designers.
The project team will work on engaging labor from the local community to implement the project activities to ensure higher level of ownership. The team will also investigate the possibility to use existing materials from the area and recycle them where possible.
The first two days will involve brainstorming ideas for the elements and laying out a plan for their construction. The following two days will be spent on gathering materials and then finally the elements will be built during the last three days of the workshop.
 
4. Luzinterruptus,  June 16th to 21st in Cairo
 

 

Luzinterruptus is an anonymous artistic group, who carries out urban interventions in public spaces. They use light as a raw material and the dark as our canvas.
The two members of the team come from different disciplines: art and photography and have wanted to apply our creativity in a common action, to leave lights throughout the city so that other people put them out.
They began to act on the streets of Madrid at the end of 2008 with had the simple idea of focusing people´s attention by using light with the problems that they found in the city and that seem to go unnoticed to the authorities and citizens.
But everything that they do does not have a subversive aim. Sometimes they simply want to embellish, or to highlight anonymous places or corners that seem special or objects to which they think have extraordinary artistic value, despite being left on the streets for unknown seasons, with artistic intention, by anonymous people.
And they carried out all this with the material that we know firsthand and inspires us. Besides providing a great visual impact, light allows them to make interventions in a smaller degree and greater in others. They avoid deteriorating urban furniture and leave room on the scene for other artists to work on or for the users of that common space, which is scarce in great cities.
Their interventions are extraordinarily short lived, they take less than one hour to disappear since our small luminous devices. They find interesting that somebody could interpret, that what they have left on the street, is a small present which they to find on their way.
 
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