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dc.contributor Maged, Salah
dc.contributor Refaat, Noha
dc.contributor Elibyari, Mariam
dc.contributor Mahfouz, Nourhan
dc.contributor Swellam, Rana
dc.contributor El Masry, Ragya
dc.contributor Qaldas, Marina
dc.contributor Mina, Lilian
dc.contributor Naguib, Aziz
dc.contributor Ghali, Ayman
dc.contributor Kharaibi, Naglaa
dc.contributor Ahmed, Ezzat
dc.contributor Magdy, Doha
dc.contributor Fadel, Alia
dc.contributor.advisor Mostafa, Magda
dc.contributor.advisor Noaman, Mohamed
dc.creator Mostafa, Magda
dc.date 2011-05
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-06T06:28:07Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-06T16:00:05Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-06T16:00:05Z
dc.identifier.uri http://dar.aucegypt.edu/handle/10526/2828
dc.description On January 25th, 2011 the Egyptian reality changed. Civic society became a tangible being in the minds of a long too complacent world- filling the streets, shaking the ground and uttering demands that as recent as January 24th would have had you questioned, jailed or, at worst, killed. This change brought violence and even death, but it also introduced vocabulary into our everyday lives- words that had previously been absent- democracy, choice, rights and freedom of expression. As educators, we quickly became aware of the gravity of challenges ahead and our responsibility to capitalize on the opportunities this presented us with. This collection sets out illustrate through a pictorial essay, the “Freedom Pavilion” project at the American University in Cairo, and its role in illustrating the power of design to convey meaning, mobilize society and effect change. The American University, with a campus in Tahrir square, was both figuratively and literally a witness to the events of January 25th and its subsequent revolution, that took place at its doorstep. As part of its role to bear witness to these events, upon returning to classes on February 13th- a mere 36 hours after the overturned president succumbed to the uprising of the Egyptian people- AUC launched a project to collect artifacts from the revolution- namely the “University on the Square” initiative. The project outlined here is a design response to that initiative. Beginning with the premise of exercising our freedom of expression through the expression of freedom, this project challenged students to present spaces and forms that could at once embody our newly born freedom, preserve its existence, promote the ongoing dialogue to maintain it and functionally house the artifacts that bore witness to it. Programatically, this “Freedom Pavilion” project was required to house the “University on the Square” collection and at the same time create a space for free exchange of ideas, respectful debate and political discourse through elements like a speaker's corner, temporary exhibition space and public domain. Projects developed in this studio ranged from abstractions of the revolution's narrative, to experiential spaces relaying the multi-sensory encounter of moving from oppression to freedom, to conceptual installations using the overlay of material, form and experience to relay meaning. Students challenged themselves to balance hope with realism, fact with romanticism and pragmatism with symbolic vision. en
dc.format.medium models (representations) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject Architecture en
dc.subject January 25th Revolution en
dc.subject Freedom Pavillion project en
dc.subject Design en
dc.subject.classification Creative work or exhibit en
dc.title From freedom of expression to expression of freedom: responding to socio-political change in the classroom en
dc.type Physical Object en
dc.contributor.sponsor American University in Cairo. Dept. of Construction and Architectural Engineering
dc.subject.course AENG 352 en
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  • Egyptian and Arab Revolution Scholarship [137]
    This collection includes papers, presentations, and research findings related to the January 25th Revolution and Arab Spring authored by AUC faculty and students.
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  • Egyptian and Arab Revolution Scholarship [137]
    This collection includes papers, presentations, and research findings related to the January 25th Revolution and Arab Spring authored by AUC faculty and students.
  • Egyptian and Arab Revolution Scholarship [137]
    This collection includes papers, presentations, and research findings related to the January 25th Revolution and Arab Spring authored by AUC faculty and students.
  • Egyptian and Arab Revolution Scholarship [137]
    This collection includes papers, presentations, and research findings related to the January 25th Revolution and Arab Spring authored by AUC faculty and students.
  • Egyptian and Arab Revolution Scholarship [137]
    This collection includes papers, presentations, and research findings related to the January 25th Revolution and Arab Spring authored by AUC faculty and students.
  • Egyptian and Arab Revolution Scholarship [137]
    This collection includes papers, presentations, and research findings related to the January 25th Revolution and Arab Spring authored by AUC faculty and students.
  • Egyptian and Arab Revolution Scholarship [137]
    This collection includes papers, presentations, and research findings related to the January 25th Revolution and Arab Spring authored by AUC faculty and students.
  • Egyptian and Arab Revolution Scholarship [137]
    This collection includes papers, presentations, and research findings related to the January 25th Revolution and Arab Spring authored by AUC faculty and students.
  • Egyptian and Arab Revolution Scholarship [137]
    This collection includes papers, presentations, and research findings related to the January 25th Revolution and Arab Spring authored by AUC faculty and students.

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