Revolution 4.0

PrizeWinner in Landscape Architecture / Outdoor Designs
CompanyBartlett School of Architecture, Ucl
University/SchoolBartlett School of Architecture, UCL

The project stresses the adaptability of Cairo’s unused urban spaces (e.g. spaces under motorway flyovers ) to meet the needs of street children and provide both learning and opportunities for advancement without uprooting them—in other words, by dealing with street children as positive economic assets rather than liabilities. This can reverse the condition of neglect by redefining street children socially, economically, and politically. The main concept is to train and educate children while executing the design, by allowing them to observe and be engaged, mentally and physically. Under the ring road in Mariotia, Phase 1 involves setting foundations for the intervention, and creating a culvert for the contaminated and exposed canal. Phase 2 will then involve cleaning and collecting recyclable local materials from surrounding farmlands (e.g. Straw- Bales).Construction waste from the informal settlements built on adjacent agricultural lands are recycled and used also in constructing low-cost houses for the poor by the poor street children themselves. Phase 3 consists of building a platform for observing construction, whereas Phase 4 includes establishing training workshops and learning platforms in preparation for the pursuit of sustainable opportunities on Phase 5; which includes a service and construction centre that are self-managed by street children.