Model Citizens

This project was an investigation into the urban fabric of a neighborhood in downtown Cairo. In 2008 it seemed that this area was in the midst of tremendous changes, as businesses, institutions, and individuals were relocated to new developments on the outskirts of the city. Some speculated that the government had plans to transform it into a more tourist-friendly district. Model Citizens proposed an alternative vision for the future of the neighborhood: one imagined by the community itself. The central element of this project was a miniature model of the neighborhood. The miniature landscape served as a tool; it stimulated local residents to reflect on their daily surroundings and it made them consider what they would like to change. During the exhibition, the project team reworked the model to visualize their proposals.