Authors/Contributors

Cherif Farid

Document Type

Thesis Prep

Publication Date

Fall 2016

Degree

B. ARCH

Keywords

informal housing, housing, cairo, construction, urban growth, desert

Language

English

Disciplines

Architecture

Description/Abstract

Architecture could learn from the socio-cultural norms of informal Cairo and could implement professional expertise to create a new housing typology that achieves the people’s needs.

Housing 20 million people and still growing, Cairo mirrors the global phenomenon of unplanned urban growth. The people have been forced to construct their own dwelling units as the government fails to provide them shelter. Approximately 65 percent of the population of Cairo lives in so-called informal housing: four to ten story concrete and brick infill structures built without legal permits in the desert or on former agrarian land. These informal housing projects are built on intuitive and inherent formal qualities. Despite their evolved formal language these uninformed structures result in hazardous living conditions and unsanitary environments.

This project will study and extract the successes of informal growth on agrarian land that has reached saturation, and will apply them along with architectural strategies to the desert land that represents the future development of Cairo.

Source

local input

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