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Unfinished Places : The Politics of (Re) Making Cairo's Old Quarters (Hardcover) (Gehan Selim)
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The Emerging Politics of (Re) making Cairo's Old Quarters examines postcolonial planning practices that aimed to modernise Cairo’s urban spaces. The author examines the expanding field of postcolonial urbanism by linking the state’s political ideologies and systems of governance with methods of spatial representations that aimed to transform the urban realm in Cairo. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the study draws on planning, history and politics to develop a distinctive account of postcolonial planning in Cairo following Egypt’s 1952 revolution. The book widely connects the ideological role of a different type of politicised urbanism practised during the days of Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak and the overarching policies, institutions and attitudes involved in the visions for (re) building a new nation in Egypt.
The book is divided into three parts – part one outlines the context and methodology; part two covers the account of remaking in Egypt, looking in detail at Cairo’s historical districts and the impact of the policies of the various regimes; part three investigates the reliability of the planning institute and the regulatory framework for the remaking process.