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The Shadow of Geometry
Commissioning & Designing Egypt's Pavilion in the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture
14 September - 23 November 2008

Organizers: Tarek Waly Center Architecture & Heritage in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture

Venice - Italy

Exhibition

There exists in Egypt a dynamic amalgam

between the valley, desert, and man…

between contemporary, historic, and even prehistoric…

between what is becoming and what is to become…

This amalgam acts as primary inspirator for the community-as-architect, its work tracing from, and drawing with it its message in the geometry that will create the building, form or space… conversing with and addressing the community at large, in its journey to become architecture.

Architecture is seen as Egypt’s messenger to the world, spanning the various changes the culture has seen, from the Ancient Egyptian, through the Coptic, and then the Islamic… On the surface, a lot has changed, but the essence remains… where the key to deciphering the Egyptian message is by reading its architecture.

Architecture…

an idea that transcends time…

an unquantifiable quality that is recognized by the community…

Building…

a material that changes through a cycle on the ground…

a form whose purpose it is to cast the shadow of that unquantifiable quality, for all to experience…

Architecture is the reason and the source…

Building is the outcome and the product

Geometry as order mediates this rapport between reason and outcome.

The building has a cycle of existence that has a beginning and an end.

If the building withstands the tests of time, its message will be conveyed through its architecture.

While in the event the building melts into the earth, those who have read the message will give birth to a new building, whether on the same plot or someplace else, also through Architecture.

 

Tarek Waly

Commissioner


The exhibition catalogue


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