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Desertopia
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Desertopia (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Today over 80 million Egyptians and the majority of the country’s agricultural land are squeezed into an area the size of Stockholm county. This doesn’t have to be the case since Egypt also has an area about twice the size of Sweden covered by unutilized desert land. We have investigated how Egypt could use the endless resources of the sun and the sea water to colonize its own desert and give its citizens a chance to build a better future.

Desertopia covers eight different scales, from the global (1:15 000 000) to the building construction (1:25) and uses architecture and urban design to deal with the issues of climate change, desertification, poverty and unemployment.

Desertopia combines traditional vernacular building techniques with the latest climate technology to create a structure that can be used by common Egyptians to take charge of their own future.

Abstract [sv]

Idag är över 80 miljoner egyptier och majoriteten av landets jordbruksmark ihopklämda på en yta motsvarande Stockholms län. Det skulle dock inte behöva vara så eftersom Egyptens landyta är dubbelt så stor som hela Sverige. En yta som dock är täckt av öken. Vi har undersökt hur Egypten skulle kunna använda de ändlösa resurserna solen och havsvattnet för att kolonisera sin egen öken och ge sina invånare chansen att bygga sig en bättre framtid.

Desertopia täcker åtta olika skalor, från den globala (1:15 000 000) till den enskilda byggnadens konstruktion (1:25) och använder arkitektur och stadsbyggnad för att hantera klimatförändringen, ökenspridningen, fattigdomen och arbetslösheten.

Desertopia kombinerar ökenklimatets traditionella byggnadstekniker med den senaste klimatteknologin för att skapa en struktur som kan användas av vanliga egyptier för att ta makten över sin egen framtid.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 29 p.
Keyword [en]
architecture, urban design, Egypt, desert, desertification, sustainable, rurban, planning, region, ecosystem, nutrient flows, food, water, desalination, seawater greenhouse, train, farming, community, neighborhood, empowerment, network, city, town, village, development, climate change, poverty
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Architecture
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-122855OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-122855DiVA: diva2:812956
Educational program
Master of Architecture - Architecture
Presentation
2013-05-21, Arkitekturskolan KTH, Östermalmsgatan 26, 100 44 Stockholm, 11:00 (English)
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Available from: 2015-06-05 Created: 2013-05-28 Last updated: 2015-06-05Bibliographically approved

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