Omar Nagati: Competing Urban Orders in Cairo: A Historical Perspective

Kharita 01: Symposium on Urban Trajectories in Cairo
Friday, January 16th, 2009
For the last three decades, Cairo has been a battleground for competing urban orders manifest in incoherent planning policies, and often conflicting practices in public space. This presentation offers a historical perspective to the city’s long urban struggle, situating contemporary conditions within recurrent spatial and discursive paradigms of conflict and reconciliation. Structured around critical junctures, where the sharp juxtapositions of competing urban orders are most apparent, the discussion refers to the palatial Fatimid city, the dual urbanism of the nineteenth century, and the secular modernism of the twentieth.

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English / 00:29:32.070 / 221 MB / Ogg Theora/Vorbis - 640x368/Mono

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