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Discovering Downtown Cairo

In Academic, Wednesday, June 03, 2015

This book offers a scholarly guide to the tangible and intangible heritage of the 19th- and 20th-century district of Downtown Cairo. For the first time, it presents a detailed survey of the architectural plans and typologies of the district’s apartment buildings. Linking the apartments to their inhabitants’ memories and stories, this book maps changes over time in how space was used in Cairo. In doing so, it illuminates some of the workings behind changes in Cairo’s society. The book contains thirty-eight building profiles with technical and historical descriptions; they are organized in chronological order to give a panorama of the developmental history of Downtown architecture. This book was made possible mainly by the generous financial support of the German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD.

Barbara Pampe

Dr. Vittoria Capresi


Galila El Kadi

Karim El Sayed

Mercedes Volait

Mohamed Elshahed

Shaimaa Ashour

Ola Seif

Ralph Bodenstein

Stefan Winkler