Participants completed registration and were introduced to the museums with three lectures and walking tours.
First lecture by Prof. Galila El Kadi, introduced the BECAMI project, its objectives and the given materials to the participants which consisted of:
- A map of the east and west bank of the Nile in adobe illustrator format with the museums locations and selected itineraries.
- The walking itineraries map of all the museums with public transportation.
- A map with all the important buildings on the East bank of the Nile, as a heritage to be included in the itineraries.
Second lecture by Dr. Magda Sibley, explained the meaning of the Belle Époque as the period of Egyptian and Arab renaissance movements; al-Nahda. It began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Egypt, later moved to ottoman ruled-Arabic-speaking regions including Lebanon, Syria, and others. It is often regarded as a period of intellectual modernization and reform. During this period, and from the twenties of the last century, arts, film industry, music, literature and architecture were flourishing. The Belle Époque designate the golden age in all these fields, when glorious Cairo was attracting with its splendours, visitors and immigrants from around the world. The twelve museums the selected for BECAMI, were built in this period. They are a witness of the refinement in art and architecture. The Belle Époque is representing Egypt’s liberal age with its famous public figures such Saad Zaghloul, Talaat Harb and the Prince Muhammad Ali.
Third lecture by Mahy Hamed and Gehan Nader, presented a previous project on Gumhuriyya street, to give example on how to design an itinerary, taking into consideration important nodes and the site’s potentials.
The students were divided by Dr. Doaa Abouelmagd into three groups to design the three itineraries. The criteria of the division were based on the students’ background on the museums. Each group was transferred by bus to the starting point in their given itinerary. The students were asked to propose new itineraries and take photos and notes from their visit. During the second and third days, each group of students brainstormed and developed their ideas under the supervision of the BECAMI team. At the end of the third day each group presented the final work.
Group 1 (Railways Museum, Abd al-Wahab Museum and Post Museum) – Click Here
They focused on the users’ preferences and suggested three new itineraries: 1-Heritage lovers’ itinerary, 2-Cinema and Theatres Lovers’ itinerary, and 3- Disabled and Time Saver Itinerary.
Group 2 (Banque Misr Museum, Egyptian Geographical Society, Bayt al-Umma Museum) – Click Here
While experiencing the itinerary, they focused on the senses, and suggested three new itineraries based on the scents and lights. They included tourists’ bus and pedestrian itineraries, with public space regeneration and many scented trees and flowers which could attract and direct.
Group 3, itinerary (Prince Muhammad Ali Museum and Umm Kulthum Museum) – Click Here
They used an integrated approach suggesting new physical and virtual itineraries focusing on cultural sustainability through public engagement, cultural heritage and economic viability.