Form and Force in Cairo’s Convertible Umbrellas

We are visiting the American University of Cairo for an educational and research collaboration on hygroscopic surfaces.  In Old Cairo, we had the surprise of running into convertible textile umbrellas in front of the Al Hussein Mosque, Cairo, Egypt designed and built by SL Rasch GmbH Special and Lightweight Structures in 2000.  These umbrellas are similar to the large retractable umbrellas in front of the Prophet´s … Continue reading Form and Force in Cairo’s Convertible Umbrellas

“A bridge is something in between”: the works of Siah Armajani, artist and poetic bridge builder

In November 2016 we traveled with our CEE418/VIS418 class, co-taught by visual artist Joe Scanlan, to Kansas City and discovered the fascinating bridge models and drawings of Siah Armajani, brought together for the first time by the curator of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Erin Dziedic. A superb opportunity to delve into the philosophy and work of Armajani. Siah Armajani was born in Tehran, Iran, … Continue reading “A bridge is something in between”: the works of Siah Armajani, artist and poetic bridge builder