This addition consists of three major components: Everyday Facilities, Community Services, and the Student Convention Centre. Connected to the rest of the campus through a strong north-oriented axis, the buildings comprising the addition are arranged around the central convention centre auditorium to form a series of outdoor spaces articulated by paths, pergola, plazas, stairways and fountains, creating shaded connections, formal and informal gathering spaces. Materials and finishes include Egyptian limestone and alabaster, exposed and stuccoed concrete, and hardwood mashrabiyya window shades. The campus centre aspires to local traditions and open-air solutions in a design distinctive to the architect in its planes, volumes and colours. Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Asfour, K. & A. Ismail. The New AUC Campus: Medina meets the Master Planners. In Medina Issue Eleven: Architecture, Interiors & Fine Arts. British Virgin Islands: Medina Magazine. (January - February 2000): 60 - 61.
Medina Magazine is a unique and ambitious project in the Middle East by a group of architects, designers and artists to collaborate to present both architecture conceived and created in Egypt, and examples from other contexts that contain elements relevant to architectural designers, students and educators working in Egypt.
This magazine that has been published in Arabic and English since 1998 is divided into three sections to aid the reader in critiquing their built environment; to see that each component negotiates with the other to form our visual world. Structure, decorative details and interpretations of spaces and how society reacts to them anchor Medina's founders' conception as apparent in the selection of articles presented on ArchNet.
Medina goes even further than presenting architectural, design and art projects; as part of their design revolution in Egypt, Medina also organizes annual design competitions for students and professionals, as well as supporting symposiums and art projects.