ARCE Training School: Groundwater & Salt Damage to Historic Sites in Urban Contexts Project

The school is based in the district of al-Khalifa in Historic Cairo, a district that houses over 20 listed heritage sites from the Islamic Era ranging in date from the 9th to the 19th century. This school was on ground water issues for mid-career 20 architect, engineers and conservators working in the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Project Director: May Al-Ibrashy

A two month ARCE training school on ground water issues for mid-career 20 architects, engineers and conservators working in the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, with 10 places reserved for Egyptian academics and employees of related governmental entities such as relevant Greater Cairo Governorates and the Ministries of Housing, Endowments and Infrastructure. Causes, manifestations and solutions to the problem will be addressed in interactive teaching and research sessions that combine theory with practice in an inter-disciplinary field-based approach that draws on the disciplines of conservation theory, conservation and material science, architecture, soil mechanics and hydraulics, structural engineering and environmental and urban studies. Teaching was through lectures, fieldtrips, practical exercises, discussions and peer exchange with a side program of public events. All the course activities took place in al-Khalifa generally with a focus on the Mamluk domes of al-Ashraf Khalil and Fatima Khatun as case studies, both of which are inundated with water and suffer from severe salt damage. The aim of the school was to introduce an interdisciplinary group of heritage, conservation and built environment professionals to the latest theories, methodologies and practices for treatment of problems related to rising damp and salt damage in historic contexts. The school also introduced the integrated approach of contextualizing traditional conservation practices within the larger picture of urban upgrade and socio-economic development.

Project Details


Location: Cairo, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Megawra Built Environment Collective Project partner(s): Athat Lina, Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt - Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant Funding received: $49,324 Commencement Date: 08/2016 Project Status: Completed
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