Gibberish: My Random Thoughts to Start With

Life, Living, and a lot in between

Comic Book fever and an Egyptian Heritage

Recently, comic book fever is everywhere. Personally, my wife and friends have become very impatient with my obsession with comics. Nonetheless, my obsession is not simply a belated adolescence or pure … Continue reading

June 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cairo’s Balcony: A Design Critique

I remember reading Christopher Alexander’s, A New Theory of Urban Design several y years back. At the beginning of the book he discussed the idea of Vision. He exhaustively explained … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

An Urbancentric Approach to Urban Design

Urban design is a lost soul. It is caught between planning and architectural ideologies. This is due to the fact that the professional traditions of architecture and planning are much … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hair: the Ultimate Religiosity-o-meter

I don’t remember in recent history that Egyptians have been this divided as a nation. Everybody is discriminating and being discriminated against and it’s all based on one this HAIR. … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mediocrity: A Design Paradigm?

Mediocrity is typically considered a bad thing. We always want to do things right 100%. But what if being right today means completely screwing up tomorrow? Take the US highway … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why Sidewalks? Questioning Urban Norms

Living in Cairo, you learn to deal with the fact that sidewalks don’t exist. From a design point of view I’m sure that the designers intended for sidewalks to exist … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Modern &Traditional Approaches Towards Workplace Relationships

In my firm, as is the cases in many middle and small size firms in Egypt, the hierarchy of authority and responsibility is complex. Additionally, the social relations between people … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

On Design Practice and Creativity in Egypt

The design practice in Egypt is quite premature and to date has not found any serious support from investors, academics, or professional societies to promote design and innovation. I have … Continue reading

April 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Egyptians are slaves in their own minds

“We’re are slaves and we don’t deserve freedom.”  I can’t believe it when I hear educated Egyptians say that about themselves.  Not only are we a culture with low self … Continue reading

April 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Western Complex

Egyptians tend to have a very “complex” relationship with the west. The history is quite long and sophisticated. Some may say it goes back to the crusades. The majority will … Continue reading

April 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

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Gibberish: My Random Thoughts to Start With

Life, Living, and a lot in between