The Nile City is a 900-km-long continuous urban corridor. Because of its exceptional geographical character as a river-based oasis in a desert, the Nile City is a linear city without planning – a linear city formed by chance. Today the Nile City seems like the intersection of two urban systems: a modern infrastructural city and an incredibly dense, informal, rural one consisting of large villages, fields and canals.
The issues of the Nile city can be represented as an equation with the following variables : X-water consumption, Y-agriculture and Z-population. A second series of elements gravitates around this delicate equilibrium : education, energy, mobility. They might help to progressively unlock the actual condition.
We developed nine machines in an attempt to influence the variables of the equation. Each machine alone does not solve the equation but participates to an accumulative strategy generating direct qualities and bigger effects transcending their size.
Research project – 5th International Architectural Biennale of Rotterdam
Team : Baukuh, Atelier Kempe Thill, GRAU, Lola, Stefano Graziani, Bas Princen, Giovanna Silva, Saverio Pesapane, Angelo Boris Boriolo
Client : IABR
Photo Credits : photo 1 © Stefano Graziani, photo 2 © Tim Street-Porter