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  • ZERO
    Numeracy Narratives for Urban Resilience

    November 10th + 11th, 2022
    10AM – 10PM Cairo Time
    Cairo, Egypt x London UK

  • ZERO صفر explores what might, should, and could get counted in order to address climate change as a planetary phenomenon. Many creative fields address maths and science as forms of reduction or violence, but the tools of counting, data and measurement are more critical than ever to contend with the crises we face. Through conversation, sound, and music, Zero explores the role of calculation and computation in developing a plan for surviving the contemporary climate crisis. The project is funded by The British Council as part of its Egypt-UK Climate Change grants programme.

  • ZERO focuses on the next generations of the future in the conversation at COP27, which is typically dominated by adult leaders. Student leaders address decarbonisation and urban resilience approaches by universities, communities, governments and businesses, across architecture and urban landscapes.

  • The show will be hosted from both Cairo and London, and broadcast in Arabic, English, and Spanish. The broadcast is led by Central Saint Martins’ Spatial Radio in collaboration with Radio Espacio Estacion, a nomadic online translingual station. The show will launch a new channel at Ain Shams University, sharing the tools of dialogue, listening, and radio technologies with local students and youth.

  • Segments include: Zero: A History of Maths, Earth Construction, Calculation Beyond Control, Improbability, Negative Engineering, Waste, Carbon Count, Urban Data, Regenerative Economy and Overflow.

  • Guests include: Marwa Dabaih (Passive Architecture Specialist), Amira Ayoub (World Green Building Mohammed Saled (Economic Historian, London School of Economics), Co-Founders at KarmSolar Egypt, Hana Qash (Founder Bozor Planting), Skinder Hundal (Director of Arts, British Council), Hassun El-Zafar (Music Producer), COP 26 Green Scholars, Wessam Bardisy (Adaptive Landscape expert), Manal Shahat (Ezbet project founder), Mazaher (Zar music collective).


10:00 - 10:30 WELCOME TO ZERO
10:30 - 10:50 ZERO HISTORIES: 1407 A.D.
10:50 - 10:55 LOST IN COP
10:55 - 11:20 DAY ZERO w/ Giacomo di Capua
11:20 - 11:40 COP YOUTH ENVOY w/ Dr. Omnia Omrani
11:40 - 12:00 COY w/ Hossam Emam
12:00 - 12:05 REPORT
12:05 - 12:30 KHALIJI POP
12:30 - 12:45 ZERO CAMPUS w/ Dr. Mohamed Salheen (Vice dean of Students Affairs, Acting Chair of Urban Design Department, founder of IUSD)
1:00 - 2:20 EARTH CONSTRUCTION w/ Marwa Dabaih (Associate professor and Architect, Specialist in passive and climate responsive design), manal shahat (Ezbet project founder), Amira Ayoub (Head of MENA Programmes at World Green Building Council | Sustainable & Healthy Building Consultant | Architect | LFA | LEED & WELL Faculty | Fitwel Ambassador)
3:00 - 3:30 ELECTRO-SHA’ABI Mahraganat Music
3:30 - 4:00 ECONOMIC HISTORIES w/ Mohammed Saleh (Economic Historian, LSE)
4:00 - 4:30 CARBON COUNT w/ Egyptian Master Students
4:30 - 5:00 URBAN CYCLING w/ Egyptian Master Students
5:00 -5:30 URBAN DATA w/ Amr Essam
5:30 - 6:00 URBAN DATA w/ Shereen Wael (Teaching assistant in faculty of Engineering Ainshams University)
6:00-6:30 MORE URBAN DATA w/ Osama Omar
6:30:7:00 CARBON EXCHANGE w/ Roman Shemakov
7:30 - 7:40 ROSETAX @ Egyptian Museum
7:40 - 8:00 PYRAMID CALCULATION @ Pyramids
8:00 - 8:03 SOUND WALK @ Cairo Streets
8:03 - 8:35 COP VILLAGE
8:35 - 9:45 MAZAHER
9:45 - 10 CLOSING