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Egyptian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale

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Architects Ahmed Mito, Kamel Loqman, Hisham Alaa and artists Ayman Lotfy, Ahmed Refat, Niveen Farghaly, and Amer Abdelhakemrecently took part of the prestigious La Biennale di Venezia where they presented their work for the Egyptian Pavilion. Images and the architects description after the break.

THE STORY Conflicts and wars.. Divergence and quarrels.. Are consequences of people’s short sight and lack of Insight… resulting in the continued aspiration towards salvation.. Where people see in the future, A refuge for their souls from pains and soreness on earth…  In life and in their own existence… Idea and Impulse… Freedom of soul is a desire of every living human on the planet.. promised by the oracles thousands of years ago.. people reach for a way.. a road.. or a spot of light at the end of the tunnel.. Where it comes with the Idea that.. people “meet” in architecture.. or people “agree” in architecture.. or people find a resolution in architecture.. when architecture represents ALL humans needs… a shelter.. a flee..An escape.. when people are convinced that the impulsive Power that bonds all of them together is the belief in the commons and not the differences.. the similarity and not the divergence.. at the moment where people believe that The truth of salvation is in resemblances…

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GOALS AND METHODOLOGY The dissertation represents all the thought and ancient. Beliefs of people throughout the history.. The manuscript in itself is meaningless without the ink giving it life.. And distinguishing its soul.. Making up the ideas and inspiration.. Leading people to believe, love and hate.. The methodology depends on decoding the inseparable relation between the ink and the paper.. Pushing the paper to its edge.. to the limit of its potential.. so that it represents all mankind in its procedures, aspirations, hopes and needs.. Influencing the manuscript with every process known in design to push it to expel and evaporate in to a cloud of thoughts inviting man to think.. Imagine.. Assume.. and believe.. With parameters seem to be rather independent but, anyway, cross influencing – which strengthens the Idea of a dialectic relation between them and their antonyms. Without anticipating these results ,the hypothesis that the success of any operational ‘usage’ of design parameters to obtain authenticity or artificiality depends on the successful management of some more layers. Among these might be ‘appropriateness salvation’ (which is a question of context) and ‘eloquence of narration’ in the sense of complexity or simplicity of expression. As an example, the use of white color can either be considered authentic or serine, depending on a whole bunch of factors that urge to be explored.

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CONCEPT STATEMENT ‏In the beginning stands the manuscript empty, cold, waiting in silence & serenity… ‏Then comes the prophecy… so lines illustrate… interact and weave letters, congregate to engender ideas, giving birth to beliefs, merging with visions to create dreams… ‏So papers shudder & shiver, and beliefs struggle …. Then letters Extract to evaporate off the reality leaving emptiness… then tangible solid develop into thought and thoughts… ‏Interacts and interlace and come out to explore and show the way… Search for salvation and in rescue it aspires… ‏Leads the spread people, struggling and irritated … it pronounces the truth of the past, and tells the legend of the future… there people meet in idea… and people meet in aspiration to salvation…. ‏The genesis is the same, and essence of life itself is the same… same fear and same sorrow… same species from same womb… to same destiny … ‏ Then the clouds contract and shiver to sculpture the reality… that we construct to destroy and the dilemma of life is eternal… people search, speculate, cry… and no answer but silence… salvation is in the belief of genuineness, and certainty is in recognizing resemblances.

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Cite:Hank Jarz. "Egyptian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale" 01 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/85933/egyptian-pavilion-for-the-venice-biennale-invert-studios/>