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Quilligan Architects come 2nd in major international design competition for re-design of Ramses Square, Cairo
Quilligan Architects are delighted to announce that they have come 2nd in the International Competition for the Urban Design & Harmony of Ramses Square, Cairo, Egypt.

Late last year, Egypt's Ministry of Culture sponsored an international design competition to reconceptualise Cairo's Ramses Square.
Once a central public space in the ultra- frenetic city, Ramses Square, built in the mid 1800’s, functions today as a point of intersection between different modes of transportation in the city.
Elevated roads that snake through the square date back to the 1970's. With 280,000 pedestrians and 2 million vehicles passing through every 8 hours, the square is thought to be one of the most polluted spots in all of Egypt. The competition was open to architects, planners, and urban designers to propose the best solution for the square's "traffic problems, confusion of uses & all types of pollution (audio, visual & environmental)".

The International jury of the Ramses Square Competition was composed of:
Abdallah A. Attia - architect, Egypt, Abdel Mohsen Barada, Egypt, Sameh El-Alaily - architect, Egypt, Alexandru Beldiman - architect, Romania, representing UIA, Diana Agrest - architect, USA, Eliseo Arredondo - architect, Mexico, Axel Schultes - architect, Germany, Claire Bailly - architect, France, participating as deputy UIA representative.

Quilligan Architects managing partner “Paul Quilligan” describes the design objectives as follows -
"The key objective was to define Ramses Square physically and give a sense of place to the remodelled square by reinforcing the edges, removing high level traffic, and reorganising the surface traffic. The design will also upgrade and provide new attractions to the square in the form of shopping, cafes, and public events with music & films.

This is the second significant competition win for Quilligan Architects in the past year as the firm were also finalists in the Re-design of Grand Army Plaza competition in Brooklyn, New York.


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Organising committee press release
Posted on 18 Sep 2009 by admin


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