The impact of urban planning policies on urban division in Cairo

Rooftops in Cairo, Egypt

Urban division is a process formed by the reaction of several forces, among which, the role of urban policies in shaping division proves high prominence. Cairo witnesses a spatial pattern of division where contrasting socio-economic areas exist in close proximity. Although some researchers have recently addressed this division in Cairo, its relation with urban policies has always been generalized regardless of the specificity of location. This research aims at understanding the relation between urban policies and ssocio-economic division on a micro level by investigating how broad urban policies are reflected on a certain part of the city leading to its division. Accordingly, the research adopts a twofold methodology. The first is for selecting the case study which leads to choosing the divided area of (El-Maadi) and (Dar El-Salam). The second is for analyzing the relation with urban policies by forming a relations diagram with lines of causes and influence described with respect to time. The research shows a strong relation between division and urban policies. It is concluded that division is also affected by how urban policies interact with each other and with the characteristics of the area. This puts the generalization of urban policies affecting division under question.

Source: Alexandria Engineering Journal via ScienceDirect

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Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher Alexandria Engineering Journal (Elsevier)
Year 2015
Author(s) Aya Badawy, Hassan Abdel-Salam, Hany Ayad
Other Numbers Available online 21 October 2015
DOI 10.1016/j.aej.2015.09.009
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