International Union of Architects

Three projects awarded for Maspero triangle masterplan competition in Cairo

Egypt

Urban Planning

Maspero triangle masterplan Cairo

The goal of this design competition was to inspire a master plan that will be an example of mixed-use urban community, preserves heritage, protects the environment and does not lead to loss of local residents' diversity.

Presentation

The Egyptian Informal Settlements Development Facility (ISDF) and Cairo Governorate were initiated an international competition upon invitation for the urban development and architectural design of the Maspero triangle district, a 35 ha of land downtown Cairo. The goal of this design competition was to inspire a master plan that will be an example of mixed-use urban community, preserves heritage, protects the environment and does not lead to loss of local residents' diversity.

The jury met in Cairo from 5th to 8th November, 2015 and they put some criteria for evaluation of the projects and these include: Maspero metropolitan context and role, river connection, role of sub-areas within the project, urban dialogue across borders, fabric: updated vernacular, economic and social viability, land tenure management, development opportunity, phasing for implementation and precedent.

A public event and a jury symposium for announcement of the winners were held in Cairo on 8th November 2015.  Brazilian architect Nadia Somekh and Spanish architect Jose Maria Loop Torne represented the UIA in the jury.

 

 

 

 

Organiser

The Egyptian Informal Settlements Development Facility (ISDF) and Cairo Governorate 

Results

Taking into account various considerations the Jury has unanimously decided the following:

 “To grant a second prize to the Project Number MASPCOMP76 as the project proposes the most valuable elements that respond to the consideration criteria. It must be pointed out that a number of essential aspects do not allow the project to be realized in it current form. As such the Jury cannot recommend full approval without updating elaboration”.

“To present two third ex-aequo prizes to Project Numbers MC0065 and MC0089 in respect to interesting suggestions, in terms of strategic planning concepts and specific interventions, which are worthy of further consideration.”

“The Jury considers that the efforts made by the Competitors and quality of their proposals, provide very valuable contributions to the ongoing dialogue regarding the development of the city and the eventual success of the project.”

 

The Second Prize was awarded to

Foster and Partners – United Kingdom

 

The Third prizes Ex-Aequo to :

Stefano Boeri - F&M ing. Baukuh (Italy)

Dar Al Handasah & Perkins + Will (Egypt – USA)

Winner

The Second Prize was awarded to

Foster and Partners – United Kingdom

 

The Third prizes Ex-Aequo to :

Stefano Boeri - F&M ing. Baukuh (Italy)

Dar Al Handasah & Perkins + Will (Egypt – USA)