Dawar Kitchen is a social enterprise located in Ezbet Khairallah, one of Cairo’s largest informal settlements. Through catering and other forms of food production, they provide dignified employment and vocational training for migrant, refugee and Egyptian women. “We pride ourselves on fair working conditions and a participatory approach that ensures worker engagement in core decision-making and business planning. ” [ Dawar Kitchen Official Page, Public Domain] In an effort to integrate their prominent activities an extension to the existing kitchen was put in plan to add up to the existing structure, this will be accommodated above the first floor and include spaces illustrated as follows: 1- Art Studio - 2-Gathering Space - 3-Administration Office - 4- Theatre/ Workshop Space. Located at the heart of Cairo, Ezbet Khairallah is one of the most populated slum areas in the city, with more than a staggering 850,000 people living on the outskirts and in the center, provided by only one school in the neighborhood. Given the vast majority of Metal and Wood workshops that are existent in the neighborhood, a rethinking of building resources is taking full effect to make the building act as a living agent within its context.
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