The skyscraper is the ultimate (western) 'formal typology' created by the urban booms of the last century and most recently appropriated as the agent of rapid globalization. However, as a means of densifying urban fabric-and consequently reducing sprawl and congestion-it is conspicuously absent from some of the world's densest cities, particularly those within the Middle East. This project investigates the lack of tower constructions in Cairo's dense urban and medieval fabric-and ultimately proposes a speculative skyscraper that verticalizes the complex interrelationship of informal social networks and urban/civic form.
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Architect of record/ design architects: Reese J Campbell, Demetrios A Comodromos, Alexander Chu, Ted Davis, Rachele Louis, Angela Pasquale, Leigh Stewart.