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We endeavor to keep recent article on topics related to urban planning and urban governance posted here.  Please post a link in the comments section or email to with any additions you would like to share.

September 20th, 2012

Egyptian Urban Action is a blog created by Omnia Khalil which exhibits the work she does “defending the approach of community action planning in the informal areas and the urban deteriorated districts, moreover against the state’s policy of forced evictions and evacuations to the residents to the far remote areas.” Check out Omnia’s awesome work here!

June 18th, 2012

Ruling generals repeat pledge to hand over authority as both candidates in presidential runoff claim victory.

May 24th, 2012

Amnesty International 2012-Egypt Country Report features information on housing rights and forced eviction with a mention of Cairo 2050.

March 18th, 2012

The launch of the State of the Arab Cities Report 2012 will be in Kuwait City May 7-9 2012.

Sustainable design diagram near Jeddah via

Sustainable design diagram near Jeddah via

January 15th, 2012

Karim Elgendy published: Sustainability in the Desert: A Review of Sustainable Design in the Middle East

Cairo Photographed by John Harris Al Masri al youm

Cairo Photographed by John Harris Al Masri al youm

January 12th, 2012
New Review of David Sims book on Cairo:

September 26, 2011, 05:39 EET
Post in the Guardian about Cairo’s satellite towns from June 2011 by Jack Shenker

“Desert storm : Vast building sites on the outskirts of Cairo are a legacy of Mubarak’s corrupt regime. What will happen to these satellite towns now?

Sewage pipes waiting to be laid, New Cairo. Photograph: Jason Larkin/Panos Pictures via Guardian Website

Sewage pipes waiting to be laid, New Cairo. Photograph: Jason Larkin/Panos Pictures via Guardian Website

September 21, 2011, 23:57 EET
While the Cairo section of has not been updated recently, it contains some interesting content on informal areas in Cairo.  Check out what they have at

September 10, 2011, 21:32 EET
Ahram Online posts article on Cairo 2050.–Culture/Folk/Street-Smart-Cairo-,-Guilty-by-design-or-associati.aspx

September 10, 2011, 21:32 EET
Promotional YouTube video promoting Cairo2050 posted online. The video appears to be uploaded by consultants involved in the production of the Cairo 2050 document.

CairObserver News

CairObserver News

September 6, 2011, 23:16 EET
CairObserver launches news section. Be sure to check out the news section at for more links to additional recent news stories on many of the topics followed here.  Be sure to check out the other pages of CairObserver for excellent commentary, documentation and analysis of Cairo’s many urban facets.

Cairo A City in Transition UN Habitat 2011

Cairo A City in Transition UN HABITAT

August 26, 2011, 06:26 EET
UN HABITAT released a new report entitled Cairo: A City in Transition. Cairo 2050 is discussed on on pp 152-5. PDF available for download:

also on Scibd:

August 24, 2011, 18:39 EET
Mohamed Elshahed reviews two new books on Cairo on the  Read his review of Nezar AlSayyad’s new book Cairo: Histories of a City and David Sims’ Understanding Cairo: the Logic of a City out of Control in his article New Additions to the Literature on Cairo

Cairo Forced Evictions and Demolitions Copyright Amnesty International

Cairo Forced Evictions and Demolitions (Copyright Amnesty International)

August 23, 2011, 14:29 EET
Amnesty International just released a new report on forced evictions in Cairo. Read their press release and download their report here: Egypt: ‘We are not dirt’: Forced evictions in Egypt’s informal settlements  Amnesty International also published a call for Egyptian authorities to end forced evictions and begin consulting residents of informal areas.  Read about it on their article: Egypt: Stop forced evictions and consult slum-dwellers to resolve housing crisis

August 2, 2011, 07:42 EET
Read Christopher Reeve’s article What Happened to Cairo 2050 at Al-Masry Al-Youm

August 1, 2011, 17:45 EET
Read Mohamed Elshahed’s excellent article which inspired the name of this website for a thoughtful discussion on the connection between the January 25 revolution and Cairo’s urban planning Remaking Cairo from Below at Al-Masry Al-Youm online.

Mohamed Elshahed maintains an excellent blog which can be found at

An interesting article is also available at Design Observer: Tahrir Square: Social Media, Public Space

July 22, 2011, 09:33 EET
Dr. Dina Shehayeb, a prominent scholar on urbanism and public policy comments on planning in post-Mubarak Cairo. Read her comments in Steven Viney’s article in Al-Masry Al-Youm:  Cairo’s Over-Congestion Vexes Urban Planners

June 27, 2011, 13:45 EET
Author and expert on Cairo David Sims comments on Cairo 2050 in article on The Hindu: Egypt’s poorest — the revolution’s real challenge

David Sims’ new introduction  to his recent book is available on the American University in Cairo Press website: Understanding Cairo in Revolutionary Times

June 17, 2011, 13:01 EET
Head of Amnesty International visits Manshiyet Nasser to discuss potential Cairo 2050 displacement read article on the Egyptian Gazette: Amnesty International Chief in Egypt on Monday

June 22, 2011, 14:15 EET
Cairo 2050 and Talaat Moustafa land development scandal, read more at The Cutting Edge News: Egypt’s Enduring Challenges: Frustrations with Governance


Leave a Comment
  1. BABATUNDE Adeleke / Sep 21 2019 5:17 pm

    Part of urbanization and very educative for proper use of lost spaces

  2. Jennifer Bremer / Jan 24 2013 10:27 am

    Really impressed by the Urban Futures discussion! We at AUC’s Public Policy and Administration Department are looking for five Egyptian ACTIVISTS IN INFORMAL AREAS AND/OR INFORMAL EMPLOYMENT interested in auditing a course at AUC this spring to build analytic skills FOR FREE and then being considered for a research grant on these topics of up to $1000. Full details on my facebook page. Dr. Jennifer Ann Bremer, chair, AUC/PPAD,

  3. Lark / Sep 27 2011 4:38 am

    Fell out of bed feielng down. This has brightened my day!


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