(Re) making trajectories: Eviction, control and power

Cairo cityscape, pyramid in the background

The City of Cairo has experienced a major shift in its urban planning attitude and practice since the mid 1970s which mostly validated elements of economic planning while neutralizing its social aspects. This ad hoc approach escalated conflict in planning politics over the control of space between tiers of the planning institution and the locals leading to rigorous planning actions among major stakeholders such as eviction and control of spaces. The article examines how institutional claims over space reassembled alternative definitions of quality of life in one of Cairo’s oldest quarters, and how ambitious planning schemes were mostly driven by entrepreneurial rather than societal goals. Based on first-hand interviews and visuals, the article aims to reveal the locals’ struggle to survive such interventions with attention to their daily negotiations in place.

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Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher Habitat International (Elsevier Ltd)
Year 2015
Author(s) Gehan Selim
Other Numbers Volume 48, Pages 219-226
DOI 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.04.001
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