CATHERINE EXISTS COMMUNITY CENTER
- Type of building: Community center
- Location: Saint Catherine protectorate
- Date: 2016-2018
- Client: Catherine Exists initiative
- Design Team: 20 students and graduates
- Method used: Rammed earth technique and stones
This project is in collaboration with “Catherine Exists” initiative to build a community center for the local Bedouin community in Wadi Gharba, Al-Tarfa village, located in Saint Catherine protectorate in Sinai Governorate, Egypt. We conducted a workshop for 20 students and graduates where they learned about earth construction, Wadi Gharba community and learned about their needs and translated these needs in a design of a space, which will mainly serve the local community and will provide health and educational facilities for them and also will act as a venue to spread intercultural dialogue between the locals and the outsider community at the same time, will create awareness and will encourage the tourism in the area.
The first phase of the project was realized in October 2018, where we opened the community clinic and it is currently serving the villagers through monthly medical convoys and it is considered the first rammed earth clinic in Egypt.