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Tameer, AUC sign an agreement to beautify Egypt’s first decorated water tower

Thursday 08 November 2018 03:32 PM


Al Mal:
The property development company Tameer has signed an agreement with the American University in Cairo to transform the water tower outside AUC New Cairo campus into a work of art, the news portal reported.
Reflecting the latest trends in the world of architecture and design, this innovative project will allow AUC students to be the designers for the project through a competition for the best student team design for the water tower. Students majoring in design, architecture and business will start submitting drafts, as teams, for new designs and full business cases to beautify the water tower. The firm will implement the winning design.

Such projects give students practical experience, beyond the academic setting. "This project moves away from the classroom’s theoretical atmosphere to real-world application,” explained Magda Mostafa, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Architecture and one of the faculty members on the water tower beautification committee. "We want them to learn to operate under a strict budget, under brand identity and other criteria. All this will prepare them for the real working world." 

As part of the project, students will be required to share not only designs but also engineering and architectural footprints in addition to visibility plans and budgets. From the submissions, three finalists will be chosen by an independent jury comprised of representatives of Tameer and the AUC community, in addition to urban designers from the New Cairo local Authority. The winner will then be selected from among the finalists by Tameer’s board of directors. “Our aim is to show that architecture and design can be both beautiful and practical," said Antoine El Khoury, managing director of Tameer. "The world is becoming a lot more competitive and without future generations of creative and unique architectures to inspire the real estate sector, Egypt, is likely to fall behind. This is why competitions and collaborations of this nature are so important,” he added.