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LUCIS Lecture | MENA Cultures & Global Aesthetics

Architecture of the 20th Century: A View from Cairo

Monday 11 February 2019
Free to visit, drinks after
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden

Cairo is essentially a 20th-century city. From 1900 to the present, Egypt's architectural culture witnessed an immense transformation, flourished after the 1919 revolution and declined after the fall of Nasserism. The talk will shed light on 20th-century architecture in Egypt, introduce the main architects and their publications, discuss questions of patronage and the relationship between Egypt's architectural modernism to the country's turbulent politics.

About Mohamed Elshahed

Trained as an architect at the New Jersey Institute of Technology before joining the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture at MIT and completing his PhD at NYU's Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Elshahed’s multidisciplinary scholarship and practice focus on the history of modernism in Egypt through architecture, images, and objects. As the Modern Egypt Project curator at the British Museum he built a new collection of material culture from the past century in Egypt to be part of the museum's permanent collection. He is the curator of Egypt's medal winning pavilion "Modernist Indignation" at the 2018 London Design Biennale and the author of the forthcoming book (June 2019) Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide, published by the American University in Cairo Press.

Part of the MENA Cultures and Global Aesthetics research programme

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