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Paint Cairo – An initiative to Beautify The Slums

In an Intiative that carries a message of hope for a brighter tomorrow, Egyptian urban development firm Takween piloted the “Paint Cairo” campaign in Ezbet Khairallah, one of the largest unplanned communities in Egypt, with a population close to 650,000 inhabitants and a sprawling area of about 12 square kilometers (480 acres) on a rocky plateau that lies in the southern part of Cairo. The Concept of the intiative aims at painting the city and offering a makeover to the general outlook of where one lives, where buildings are usually left without without a finish layer of plaster and paint, resulting in jungles of… Read more »

Will Cairo ever see Zaha Hadid’s NILE TOWER ?

In 2007, British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid started working on a design for the Nile Tower – a multi-purpose use skyscraper, to be located at the northern edge of downtown Cairo, (for those of you who know Cairo, it neighbors the National-Ahly Bank twin towers in Maspero) . Nile Tower, a 70 story building reaching up a height of 250 meters, will be the highest skyscraper in Egypt. The tower’s main structural elements are concrete fin walls that twists gently over the full height of the tower, opening up various for all tenants on the inside. These fin walls are reflected on the external… Read more »

A Wake up Call – Cairo Slums

CAIRO, the biggest city and metropolis in the Middle East and Africa -with a population of 16-20 millions- is  a city that has the culture, the history, the nightlife, the year round warm climate, the strategic location, and the educational facilities that have supplied Egyptians and all neighboring Arabs and Africans with higher level learning for decades.  As some might think, Cairo does have it all. What some of us do know, this is not the only face of Cairo.  The city has a behind-the-scenes side, a dark one; a study by the UN has revealed that 25-35 % of Cairo’s… Read more »

Downtown Cairo – What Can Really Be Done

A Dream in the heart of Cairo, Egypt – Ramsis Park. Downtown Cairo has been the urban center of the city since late 19th century, when the district was designed and built. It was once home to the prosperous and elite of late 19th and early 20th century. Also, it is the home of both Egyptian parliaments, a number of government buildings, including judicial ministry and interior affairs, the American university’s old campus, Cairo Train Station (Ramsis Station) and Mogama’a El Tahrir government building situated in the notorious Tahrir Square lately known for being the iconic spot of the uprising in Egypt…. Read more »

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