Gallery: Help Egypt’s Solar Decathlon Team Make it to the Madrid Solar ...

This past Saturday a wave of anti-military protests in Cairo were met with violent crackdowns, leaving nearly 2,000 people injured and 30 dead. Given the country's numerous problems, it is understandable that the American University of Cairo lacks the funds to help their incredibly talented students make it to next year's 2012 Solar Decathlon in Madrid. Understandable, but deeply disappointing. The AUC Solar Decathlon team are the very first from the Middle East and North Africa to compete in an international solar decathlon design competition and their amazing SLIDES project, which fuses ancient Egyptian design with cutting-edge modern technology to create a striking solar-powered home, is a homegrown project that addresses the country's specific environmental issues. Their success could usher in the first wave of solid green building since Egypt's most celebrated green architect Hassan Fathy passed away, and the 10-15 lead students are working very hard to see it to fruition, but there's a very strong possibility that they might fail because they don't have enough money. If ever there was a time for the international Architecture and Design community to come together and support a really good cause, it's now. Read on to learn more about the lovely AUC students we met in Egypt and for specific details about what they need to get to Madrid next Fall.

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  1. noraleo55 November 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Odooproject would like to express its moral support in the Egyptian team’s problem, we hope they make it to Madrid!

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