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Type: urban re-design

Recognition: best project of 2015

Role: Urban Design researcher and Consultant at the GIZ PDP Cairo

Location: Ezbet El Nasr, Cairo, Egypt

End format: 200+ page book



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THE ASSEMBLY OF A NEIGHBORHOOD


2014 - 2015

SARAH ASSEEL

BERND KNIESS

INGRID BRECKNER

DAVID SIMS

DINA SHEHAYEB

Can there be a reactivation of the network of actors? Can this reactivation be “effective to design a real estate protocol that is contagious within [the urban field]” (Easterling 2010)?

Out of Cairo’s 17 million inhabitants, 65% or approximately 11 million people live in informal settlements. Between 2004 and 2009, 75% of newly born Cairenes were registered in informal settlements (Sims, 2010). Yet the basics, the codes, the tools and most important the needs used to house most of Cairo residents have never been understood.
While working for the GIZ participatory program, I traced actors and networks and their effect on space in Ezbet El Nasr (EEN), an area that is officially recognized as informal. Renarrating the patterns of decision-making processes; has led me to uncover a network that I have come to term as Street Neighborhood.

Through this research, and while using the existing principles that the informal sector has managed to create, an approach that enables guided growth in Cairo was designed and suggested for further implementation.

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Special thanks go to the following institutes for offering support in the research:

“To use the word “actor” means that it’s never clear who and what is acting when we act since an actor on stage is never alone in acting.”  (Easterling 2010)

 

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