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Cairo’s Informal Identity: from Megalopolis to gardens

Some cities are crystallised in their particular physical form. In our minds we imagine and want them to remain forever unchanged. Others seem to reflect the society that inhabits them. They are places where form and significance exist in perfect synthesis. Then there are other cities whose physical form is simply unable to contain the constant transformations of its urban fabric. It’s as if their galloping metabolism turned over too fast for the city structures to keep up. Cairo is one such place. Here action outstrips the outward form; here constant invention, the half finished and the imperfect are all part of a constructive process that makes any formal definition outdated the minute it is coined.
The underlying catalyst for the teeming swirl of activities that make up Cairo’s everyday existence is its extraordinary population density.
Tightly packed houses,...

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