Cairo’s Desert Cities

Speakers: Marc Angélil, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Leonard Streich (ETH Zurich),
After exploring the so-called informal districts of the Egyptian capital in its publication Housing Cairo: The Informal Response (Ruby Press, 2016), the ETH Zurich Master of Urban Design program investigated the phenomenon of new desert cities. Findings of this research project have now been compiled in the publication Cairo’s Desert Cities, presenting these cities, their failure and relative success, and the urban conditions that have emerged. Critical of these conditions, alternative projects are proposed for the paradigmatic case of ‹6th of October City›. With the intention to launch a critical conversation on the future development of desert cities, the following question is asked: If urban development in the desert is indispensable, how could such cities be designed in a more sustainable way?

Local experts: David Sims and Kareem Ibrahim, Markus F. ElKatsha (SODIC), and CLUSTER (Omar Nagati, Beth Stryker), moderated by Mohamed Elshahed (AUC) (TBC).
05.18.2017, 17:00 - 20:00
American University in Cairo
New Cairo CampusEgypt
Institute of Urban Design | Chair of Marc Angélil