Cairo Desert Cities
Marc Angélil and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (eds.)
- Ruby Press
- ISBN 978-3-944074-23-8
- 418 pages
- Hardcover, linen cloth
- 24 x 17.7 x 3.5 cm
Since the 1950s, Egypt has developed a dozen new towns in the desert around Cairo. This book offers the first systematic exploration of these cities, analyzing their urban form, their promise, and their shortcomings. Originally intended to satisfy growing demand for housing, most of the desert towns have never been completed. Taking this permanent condition of emerging urban development at face value, the study aims to identify the as-yet dormant potential of these towns through a series of design scenarios. Cairo Desert Cities underscores the value of re-engaging in modernist town planning, for wiping away the dust of past failures may uncover the contours of future opportunities.
With over 300 illustrations, this clothbound edition is an engaging and visually rich introduction to the urban development of Greater Cairo, the largest urban area in Africa, and the practices that have shaped it.