Public Interactive Installation Essay

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Rebellious Donkey Carts in Egypt: Private or Public Transport? Sara Elias / 10-7186 Miriam Salah / 10-6681 Salma Abou Aisha / 10-3301 The German University in Cairo Design Theory Departement / Till Beutling Winterterm 2010 / 2011 Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Background about Donkey Carts in Egypt - History of donkey carriages - Types of Carts - The Roots of Carts - Displaying problem? - Attemps done against the phenomena of Donkey carts 3. Methodology - Hypothesis - Research Methods: Qualitative: Participant Observation - Design Implemantation 4. Analysis - Design Implementation 5. Conclusion 6. References 1. Introduction For a city as big as Cairo it is always expected that traffic will be a major issue. Cairo is considered the largest city in Africa; it is home to at least 18 million people. Around 3500 newborns are added to this number each day. Although it is difficult to observe any particular rules of the road, many streets are one-way. Not always is this rule followed. Red lights do not necessarily mean „stop“, or even „slow down“, and it is the worst of mistakes to believe that a green „walk“ light means it is safe to cross the road. Cars flood through red traffic lights with horns blaring to warn anyone who might consider getting in their way. The principale rule is to make use of every available space: lane markers are simply ignored. When you drive in Cairo the only time you ever stop is when there is absolutely no way to squeeze around whoever is driving in front of you. Sometimes pavements are not even considered. Despite schemes of modernisation in many parts of Cairo, Donkey-carts are still a prominent feature in many streets. It is also common that the carts manage their way through traffic with a system of their own, ignoring any and all road signs. When coming to choose Donkey-carts to research upon, we were influenced by several

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