Habashtakanat Magazine: A Unique Perspective on Cairo’s Vernacular Design
Habashtakanat is a magazine that attempts to document the makeshift solutions that people create instantaneously in order to overcome the misfortunes and difficulties they face daily on the streets of Cairo. The magazine’s main aim is to contribute to the city’s visual language and culture; as well as trying to attract people’s attention to a layer within our streets that we do not notice often. A rich layer of temporary inventions that reflects the creativity of their makers. Not to mention their fairly good exploitation of the resources they stumble upon in the street. Throughout the magazine, there’s a focus on a number of different visual phenomena and elements that showcase the way people take ownership of their streets. It highlights in some how they repurpose the objects they find; and in others how both—the people and the inventions— adapt to the turbulent and constantly changing nature of their environment. And consequently, how all of these things add up and make the Cairene street what it is. The magazine is designed in a way as to depict this specific layer within the Cairene street. Its grid is dictated by the layout that the pictures when mashed up together, give birth to. It is mainly consisted of photographs taken in different areas around Cairo and brief anecdotes directed for more understanding for the reader. The first issue categorizes various methods of displaying products in its first pages. Following that, is a mini series that gives a voice to furniture that refuses to die. And in its last pages, it features an open submission on how people express their relationship with the city through pictures and words.
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Ahmed, Lama, "Habashtakanat Magazine: A Unique Perspective on Cairo’s Vernacular
Design" (2018). Capstone and Graduation Projects. 36.
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