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Mittelmeerland 5 - Alexandria


Tuesday 2 – Friday 12 April 2013

Mittelmeerland is investigating the future of the Mediterranean. Over three years the intention is to research six different Mediterranean cities. Alexandria is the fifth city we visit after Dubrovnik, Tangier, Beirut and Algiers. Istanbul will follow. We are studying the dynamic territory of Alexandria’s coastline and the mutual dependencies of land and water. Alexandria port is one of oldest ports of the world. It is located on the western extremity of the Nile River Delta. The port is close to the entrance to the Suez Canal and Port Said. The Suez Canal is the shortest connection between the Red Sea and Mediterranean and acts as a Gate from India. The government of Egypt, through the Alexandria port authority in 2001 launched a 25 years tender for the design, construction, financing and operations of a new development area in the port of Alexandria. What is the vision for the coastline, while the country is in political change? Which role does the Suez Canal play in the international network? How will Alexandria act in the Mediterranean context? We will work on five areas along the coastline analyzing existing conditions and future projections, playfully utilizing small-scale phenomena, translating found conditions into large-scale urban interventions and envisioning future changes. We will produce architectural portraits, urban biographies, video narrations and imaginative collages, which ultimately will feature in a publication of the workshop’s research on various waterfront cities around the Mediterranean.

During the workshop a one-day symposium will be held. Its purpose is to examine how the Mediterranean region can position itself as a ’territory’, one that is based on climatic and economic conditions, and subject to specific social, political and spatial dynamics and experiences. Speakers and visiting critics: Chris Pierce, Tomas Klassnik, John Palmesino, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Eduard Bru, Lluis Hortat, Ivan Blasi, Ibai Rigby, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes among others


The deadline for applications is 24 March 2013. An application can be made by completing the Online application form or downloading the PDF application and emailing it  to

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required for entry to Alexanderia, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £495 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops and digital equipment. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, CAD 

Professionals and Teachers: We are always interested in Professionals and Teachers from other universities doing related research projects. If you like to get involved or wish to participate with your students, please contact us: 


Programme Directors
Medine Altiok
Stephanie Tunka

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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PDF Application Form

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