CLUSTER and the postgraduate studio Global Praxis from SSoA (Sheffield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield) organized a collaborative mapping workshop in Cairo, titled: Mapping Relationscapes. The workshop, involving Sheffield and Cairo-based planners and designers, discussed collaborative modes of spatial practice, based on an investigation of the uses and appropriations of passageways in Downtown Cairo. The 5-day workshop included 21 students from SSoA and 18 students from German University in Cairo, American University in Cairo, and Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport in Cairo. The workshop aim was to test methods of mapping the social relations underpinning spatial production, while simultaneously exploring passageways as key sites in the redevelopment of Downtown.
Studio Global Praxis works at the intersection of spatial practice and critical reflection, assuming the city as a field of dispute that is informed and transformed by competing social, economic and political relations.