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February 26, 2005

Falafal Salt 02.26.05

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Part of Felucca Salt was reunited in Saqqara and Dashur, I renamed the smaller band, Falafal Salt, as that is all the band eats, morning, noon, and night.

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February 25, 2005

The Bent and Red Pyramids of Dashur 02.25.05

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The Bent Pyramid of Dashur still has most of its white limestone skin. It is still hard to imagine a pristine limestone object in the middle of the desert, but you can get an idea of how light responds. The Red Pyramid has a different color to it at every scale. Dashur is great as we had they pyramids to ourselves. Some of Falucca Salt was reunited for the occasion.

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February 24, 2005

Fort Qaitbey, Alexandria 02.24.05

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The fort sitting at the great eastern port of Alexandria is a compact little fortress. The walls are very thick providing great lighting on the interior. Many people enjoy the fort while promenading along the waters of the Mediterranean.

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February 23, 2005

Abu Abba as-Salumursi Mosque, Alexandria 02.23.05

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The two cities in Egypt, Cairo and Alexandria are very dirty. New consruction becomes very apparant. Nothing is wasted in Egypt. This old amusement ride equipment was being used by residents with their children. There are so many great old things laying around and being used or filling some part of the city. Walking around Egypt, one can write a million stories in their head, so many histories at your fingertips. Note the great painted faces on the amusement ride equipment

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Alexandria 02.23.05

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Almost all new consrutuction has a concrete skelaton in Egypt. The scafolding for the concrete construction is quite beautiful. Kind of looks like a lot of my designs for arcades.

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February 22, 2005

Dendara 02.22.05

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I wish modern Egyptians took some lighting tips from their ancestors. The modern Egyptians love lighting the shit of a space with flourescent lights.

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February 21, 2005

Temple of Seti, Abydos 02.21.05

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Abydos is one of the oldest burial sites, 4000 BC and was important up to 600 AD. There are some insanely huge blocks of stone here, maybe one of the first temples. A very intersting site, difficult to get to, we had a very small convoy going here, we almost had the temple to ourselves. If you come to Egypt, make sure you go here and Dendura, very well preserved sites. Pay the extra money, its worth it.

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February 20, 2005

Outer Hypostyle Hall, Temple of Horus, Edfu 02.20.05

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The sandstone used in the temples is soft and reflects light well. There is little light let into the temples, only enough for navigation providing many layers of color and shadow.

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February 19, 2005

Outer Hypostyle Hall, Temple of Horus, Edfu 02.19.05

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The Egyptians sized the column and its spacing so when on walks through the Hypostyle Hall the on cannot see outside. This understanding of light and perspective is experiential rather than compositional. Genius understanding of perspective for one of the first great civilizations.

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February 18, 2005

Temple of Horus, Edfu 02.18.05

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The lighting of the temple effects everyone who enters. People walk slower, and look up. Even the guards love sitting in the great courts. They love showing you all the little details of the temples, Egyptians are very proud of their history, as well they should be. Plus it is about 65 degrees inside and 85 outside.

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February 17, 2005

Temple of Ramses III, Luxor 02.17.05

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Egyptian Temples are like built books, covered in hieroglyphics, their monumental scale is approachable and human with unerasible text telling of Pharonic times long ago.

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February 16, 2005

Hatshepsut 02.16.05

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The sugar cane farms along the Nile are beautiful and endless. One can imagine these farms back in Pharonic times and how farming inspired the great architecture of Egypt. If you look closly you can see Hapshepsut in the background.

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Plan Sketch 02.16.04

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February 15, 2005

Hatshepsut 02.15.05

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This was the first day it became really hot in Egypt and the day I spilt water on my camera. Biking around Luxor is fun. Hatshepsut scale matches that of the great valley of the Nile.

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Red Chapel of Hatsheput 02.15.05

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The chapels are these great little constructions and are amazingly monumental. This chapel has been restored well. The stonework is genious and well restored. These people were brilliant.

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February 14, 2005

Great Hypostyle Hall, Amun Temple, Karnak 02.14.05

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This is the single most place that inspires and embodies my work. It is the most important site on my journey and what I think is the germ of all architecture and of heroic rooms. It was a beautiful day, I timed it perfectly for Valentines Day. I wish the roof was still on, this temple is in rough shape, but luckily the columns have been restored and are in good shape.

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February 13, 2005

Felucca Salt 02.13.05

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The band Felucca Salt was created on the Nile. Although they had no original songs, their rhythm sucked, and they broke up within two days, their picture is quite good and if any rock band wants to use their picture, they can, for a small fee, payed in Egyptian pounds of course. We sailed down the Nile aiming for Edfu and getting maybe only a quarter of the way there before our captain abandoned us. This was a fun night where we watched the sunset from the top of the Nile Valley.

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February 12, 2005

Edfu 02.12.05

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Edfu is one of the better preserved temple sites. The giant stone roof still sits in its proper place. The lighting is perfect and this was the first space that fit the heroic room I have been looking for, it was a great day. The Pharonic temples are amazing spaces, perfectly lit, mystical, and full of awe.

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February 11, 2005

Abu Simbel 02.11.05

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Abu Simbel is one of the few spaces that I will visit that still has its giant inhabitants still enjoying their home. Many giant Ramses stand within his tomb. My grandmother would read me my favorite story, Jack and the Beanstock, when I was little. This is how I imagined the giants home.
Unfortunately many of the sites in Egypt are very difficult to visit with mass tourism and the current dangers within Egypt. Police guarded convoys line up at 3:30 in the morning and trek 3 hours south from Aswan. The experience is both exciting and scary. Buses race through the desert, over the damns of the Nile, in the middle of the night filled with tourists to see the sites. To try and really enjoy Abu Simbel with 5000 people trying to visit its tiny spaces in one hour is next to impossible and although great to enjoy, very taxing.

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February 10, 2005

Philae 02.10.05

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Philae is a beautiful ancient temple restored and put on an island in the middle of the Nile. One of my favorite sites so far. There are some great courtyards leading up to the Temple of Isis, where this drawing was made in the 10-columneed hypostyle hall. If you have been to the British Museum, you might have seen the stone shrine of this temple. I need to go there, maybe if I have time at the end of my trip.

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February 09, 2005

Aswan, Tombs of the Nobles 02.09.05

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A beautiful room, completely carved into the cliff of red marble. Egyptian architecture is the most modern ancient architecture I have been to.

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February 08, 2005

Aswan 02.08.05

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One can understand how the Nile was so important back in Pharonic times when you see the contrast of the desert on the shores of the Nile adjacent to lush farms.

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February 07, 2005

Aswan 02.07.05

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One can imagine how the Nile once was in Pharonic times in Aswan and further south where the large ferries cannot go.

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February 06, 2005

Pyramids of Giza 02.06.05

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The most amazing things I have ever experienced. I will come back here at the end of the month. This was the day I fell in love with Egypt. Don't tell anyone but I climbed one of them with a guard. I will post images of the climb hopefully soon.

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February 05, 2005

Giza 02.05.05

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The sequence of viewing the pyramids is well composed. First one winds through a series of small courtyards in the Temple, then one passes the Sphinx, then a paved causeway directing the view to the pyramid. Different colors of marble are used for each space. Materials were all different colored marbles-red marble temple, black marble plaza in front of the pyramid, and unfortunately the white marble is amost completely off the pyramids. A little still exists on the Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) at the top.

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February 04, 2005

Giza 02.04.05

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The pyramids are at the scale of nature, the most monumental of all architecture, even clouds seem small in comparison.

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February 03, 2005

Giza 02.03.05

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One single stone is at the scale of a human. The pyramids mass and precision is heroic.

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February 02, 2005

Islamic Cairo 02.02.05

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Islamic Cairo is how I imagined Cairo. One travels in time to another world. People still live and work here. Buildings are barely holding together. There are still many hidden, beautiful spaces behind the tourist streets where one can find the layers of history.

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