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Commissioned by DARB 1718, we initiated and organized this workshop to create play elements out of old tyres, we gathered a group of 25 volunteers and together with many many children from the local community we designed and constructed several playlements in public space. The weekends were a big success, we booked good reults and the children played happily on the new elements. Though the sustainability was not as we hoped....   lessons learned from this workshop will be used in the following workshop to create public space to play in Cairo. To be continued.... this was just the start...!

 

Darb 1718 Contemporary Art & Culture Center is implementing an intensive community development project through artistic recycling. The TIRE team inlcuded Alyaa Taha from Takween integrated development office and architect Ahmad Borham.

http://www.darb1718.com/intl-projects/treasured-trash/

In close collaboration with megawra.com, Cairo's built environment collective I organised a workshop for architects, product designers urban planners and cultural heritage specialists on creating play-space for children in Cairo.

Check http://megawra.com/event/creating-childrens-play-spaces/

  

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"How can we as architects and urban planners, create space for children in Cairo? In this workshop we will focus on Khalifa street in Islamic Cairo- as a part of the Athar Lina project-

We will design a pop-up playground by which the Khalifa children can reclaim public space to play using recycled materials! "

Commissioned by the unhcr, in partnership with Takween, office for urban community development, we are designing a safe public meet&play area in Masaken Othman, an area with a high density of Syrian refugees, in 6th of October, West Cairo. The project aims to increase the level of peaceful co-existence, integration and  mutual acceptation between the local host community and the Syrian refugees in MO area through engaging members of these communities in the planning, design,  implementation, construction, and maintenance of the new public space. Therefor the design process includes participatory design sessions, to gain input for a safe and stimulating outdoor meet&play area which is inviting and accessible for all – especially women and children, regardless of their nationality. Besides these sessions Takween organized several public events in which both communities enjoyed performances and workshops in public space.

Commissioned by the unhcr, in partnership with Takween, office for urban community development, we are designing a safe public meet&play area in Masaken Othman, an area with a high density of Syrian refugees, in 6th of October, West Cairo. The project aims to increase the level of peaceful co-existence, integration and  mutual acceptation between the local host community and the Syrian refugees in MO area through engaging members of these communities in the planning, design,  implementation, construction, and maintenance of the new public space. Therefor the design process includes participatory design sessions, to gain input for a safe and stimulating outdoor meet&play area which is inviting and accessible for all – especially women and children, regardless of their nationality. Besides these sessions Takween organized several public events in which both communities enjoyed performances and workshops in public space.

LECTURE HOW TO DESIGN FOR and WITH CHILDREN for architects and urban planners at Megawra architectural HUB Cairo

Commissioned by the UNHCR and by Terre des Hommes Egypt, the orgaization "Houch Ygama’ana/ A Schoolyard for All" in partnership with the University of Alexandria, is in the process of upgrading 5 Refugee Hosting Public Schools in Alexandria – with a total student population of over 11.000 pupils of which around 14% Syrian refugees.

35 participants attended an intensive 10 day workshop, in which they conducted the child-participation and the design of the schoolyards

Make Space 4 Play gave (long distance) lectures, training the participants in 'designing for children', and in 'child participation within the design process'. Furthermore MS4P attended the juries and gave structural feed-back on the 5 preliminary designs leading to the final designs.

 

Project proposal with the organisation Right to Play aiming for co-creation workshops at 50+ schools in Rwanda, in order to create safe places to play 

project by Right to Play in Rwanda