Cairobserver — Links


Links to non-news articles, blogs and references. Continuously updated!

The Mosireen Collective (video citizen journalism often covering urban issues)

The Walls of Alexandria جدران مدينة متعبة

Archnet Digital Library: Cairo. an extensive list of 439 historic and contemporary buildings with images and descriptions.

Center for Documentation of Cultural&Natural Heritage: Architectural and Urban Heritage.

CEDEJ- Centre d’Etudes et de Documentation Economique, Juridiques et Sociales

PDP- The Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas

ECHR- Egyptian Center for Housing Rights

UN Habitat: Strategic Urban Development Plan for Greater Cairo Region

ETH Basel | Cairo Studio: Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron focused their Fall 2010 studio on investigating Cairo’s urbanity. Click here for the studio’s Atlas and Student Work.

Aga Khan Foundation: The Expanding Metropolis: Coping with the Urban Growth of Cairo, 1985 (pdf)

Aga Khan Foundation: The Changing Pattern of Housing in Egypt (pdf)

Cairo From Below: Cairo 2050

ِEgypt Independent Urban Planning Series

ِEgypt Independent Egypt’s Museums Series

Mashahhah News | Cairo

Amnesty International "Egypt:We are not dirt" report

World Bank Urban Transport Strategy for Cairo

Selected Cairo Architecture Bibliography

Cairo Public Space:

Al Masry Al Youm: Reuniting Cairo and its residence through a better use of public space

Ahram Online: On Cairo’s urban space wars

Al-Ahram: Missing Public Space

New York Times: Penned-In Egyptians Find Peace in City’s Din

This is a Public Space: Cairo 2010: After Kefaya

Project for Public Spaces: Public Space Powered Democracy

Cultural Spaces in Cairo:

Wissa Wassef Art Center

Townhouse Gallery

Contemporary Image Collective

Makan, Egyptian Center for Culture and Art

Darb 1718, Egyptian Contemporary Art and Culture

Artellewa art space

Megawra- An architectural hub based in Cairo

General links:

Al Rawi- Egypt’s Heritage Review

Zawia- Periodical publication and online forum on design, architecture and urbanism

The Polis Blog

Project for Public Spaces


Naoum Shebib architect (1915-1985)

Antoine Selim Nahas (1901-1966)

An introduction to 18 of Egypt’s 20th c. architects