TReCairo [Marwan Fayed & Diana Ibáñez López] have been mapping the dynamics of urban densification in Cairo. They record transient urban ‘behaviours’ and collective creative solutions through ‘Dynamic Mapping’, image based diagrams that integrate time lapses or other evolutionary sequences into a single (progressive) diagram, focusing on observation through comparison.
notes on ‘Pavement Prayer’:
Through a gradual and apparently unordered process of gathering
the street is transformed into a mosque. New behaviours are built up as norms in response to the temporary use (and redefinition) of the street as a mosque such as ‘drive-by prayer’ (praying at the wheel, parked on quibla; the axis of prayer). After Friday Prayer the space of the mosque retracts - to ‘islands’ of devotees - as the street’s character is gradually resumed, the temporary surface of the prayer hall is rolled away and outdoor norms are restored.