Cairo: Desert Cities


Since the 1950s, Egypt has developed a dozen new towns in the desert outside of Cairo. Intended to alleviate a growing demand for housing in the capital, most have never been completed. Edited by Marc Angélil and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, this book presents the first systematic exploration of these cities, analysing their architecture and urban form, along with their possibilities and shortcomings. Describing their condition as “permanently emerging”, the study identifies the towns’ potential through a series of design scenarios which underscore the value of re-engaging with modernist town planning, in hopes that examining past failures uncovers future opportunities. Thanks to Ruby Press (Berlin). 

418 pages, 17 x 24 cm, softcover, Ruby Press (Berlin).