In order to help our Egyptian designers understand Cardiff despite never having been here, it was important to first understand Cardiff ourselves. We needed to decide what exactly it was that we wanted to communicate about Cardiff to the Egyptian students for them to create a piece of design. One of our teammates, Mahira, is an Egyptian erasmus student, and so it was incredibly useful to have someone relatively new to Cardiff to tell Connor and I what it was that she noticed, liked and disliked about Cardiff. She also had the unique perspective of being able to compare Cardiff to Egypt. These comparisons helped us to understand why Cardiff has been created how it has been with relation to the climate, economy and demand from the public. We all agreed Cardiff was made up of both old and new buildings, and there was a real variety in building materials and techniques as we looked around town. Mahira commented that the buildings in Cardiff are a lot lower and don’t have very many stories, and she told us about how in Egypt, there is so little space for completely new builds that architects and building companies have to build up, on top of other buildings. Another non-architectural point was that Cardiff is a lot more green that Egypt and there is a lot more nature. These are all things we would like to help the Egyptian students understand.
To help them understand the sites, we are developing videos, illustrations, descriptions and photographs. So far, we have uploaded images, videos and maps to Trello, a platform we are using to communicate information with the Egyptian students.