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Denis Baly


Closer look at the same mashrabiya also visible in B05.031, this time open and offering an elegant view of the Mosque of Muhammad Ali (see B05.017-9) atop the citadel. "Mashrabiya is a hybrid architectural element revealing the shifting cultural, historical and political dimensions in light of cultural globalization, foregrounding thereby the notion of identity as a process of constant flux and cultural exchange ... [It] is a spiritual, decorative, and functional architectural element that merges the form and function of the Islamic window screen with a conventional jalousie, taking on the materiality of local culture. In its multicultural symbolism and formal references, the project performs as a multicultural signifier connecting multiple histories and geographies into a dynamic spatial experience." (Source:


Cairo, Egypt



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