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Main Title: Enclaving the City; New Models of Containing the Urban Populations: A Case Study of Cairo
Author(s): Ashoub, Safa H.
Elkhateeb, Mohamed W.
Type: Article
Abstract: This article builds on theoretical foundations from enclave urbanism, authoritarian planning and neoliberal urbanisation to explore contemporary socio-spatial transformation(s) happening in Cairo, Egypt. Relying on a nationwide road development project, inner-city neighbourhoods in Cairo are turning into urban enclaves, whereby populations are being separated by a multiplicity of transport-related infrastructure projects. As these rapid planning processes are occurring, our article aims to explain why these developments are crucial and unique in the context of the post-Arab Spring cities. We argue that the new road infrastructure is creating a spatially and socially fragmented city and transforming the urban citizenry into a controllable and navigable body. We use an inductive approach to investigate the effects of the new road infrastructure and its hegemonic outcomes on the city. On a conceptual level, we propose that the enclaving of the city is a containment method that has erupted since the mass mobilisations of the Arab Spring. In doing so, we use qualitative analysis to explain empirical evidence showing how the city is being transformed into nodes of enclaves, where communities are getting separated from one another via socio-spatial fault lines.
Subject(s): Cairo
road infrastructure
socio-spatial transformation
urban enclaves
Issue Date: 25-May-2021
Date Available: 28-Dec-2021
Language Code: en
DDC Class: 710 Städtebau, Raumplanung, Landschaftsgestaltung
Sponsor/Funder: DFG, 414044773, Open Access Publizieren 2021 - 2022 / Technische Universität Berlin
Journal Title: Urban planning
Publisher: Cogitatio
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Publisher DOI: 10.17645/up.v6i2.3880
Page Start: 202
Page End: 217
EISSN: 2183-7635
TU Affiliation(s): Fak. 6 Planen Bauen Umwelt » Inst. Architektur » FG Städtebau und Urbanisierung
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