Gallery: Seeds of Life: Cairo Garbage City Re-envisioned as a Soaring S...

We all create waste, but most of us have the ability to dispose of it. Not so for the Zabbaleen, a community of people who populate Garbage City outside of Cairo in Egypt. For them, there is no escape from the ever-steady flow of trash. Wondering how this heap of waste could be viewed as an advantage instead of as a bane, Mekano Architects came up with their proposal to recycle it as building material for a large-scale vertical city that could mark a new era for Garbage City. Called Seeds of Life, the skyscraper is based on a patch of soaring "wind stalks" that can be fitted and stacked with modular homes.

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  1. M.Ashraf Hilal June 8, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Very nice concept. I like how the idea gives a various space options and open spaces.
    As a safety precaution, I see that the bottom of the structural tubes should be more secured as well as emergency exits should be taken in consideration. Overall its a nice start.

    @ taliawi: I think in presentation, using luxury is important. “wa2t el tanfeez ye7laha 7alaal” 😉

  2. taliawi June 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Nice effort. Who in Egypt is behind this?

    Some of the close-up renderings appear to be very modern and maybe luxurious… i think that this luxury doesn’t fit with the place and the project. Solidarity, rather than luxury.

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