Foundation 23 - Re-materializing Construction

54 The mobile workshop led by Hani Sewilam dealt with water re- sources in Egypt and the associated challenges the nation faces. The excursion gave the participants insight into how water from the Nile was managed in ancient times and how it is used today. The Nile is Egypt’s lifeline – around 97% of Egypt’s water resources come from the world’s longest river. For thousands of years, the Nile was believed to be inexhaustible. This conviction is increas- ingly being questioned due to heavy population growth, climate change, and the changing geopolitical situation. After an introductory presentation, the group traveled to El Qanater El Khayreya. The name means “Dams of Welfare.” A dam was built here in 1840 to collect water and protect the delta from Mobile Workshop: Water challenges