Cairobserver launch

[NB: this one’s from the cutting room floor but thought I might as well chuck it up because it’s about a good website.]

Cairobserver, a newish website about Cairo’s urban planning, moved from the digital back to the print age at a launch at Rawabet Space in Downtown last night month.

The website, which is dedicated to dialogue about architecture and building, urban fabric and city life in our great (and sometimes not so great) city is the brainchild of Mohamed Elshahed, a doctoral candidate in the Middle East Studies Department at New York University. The site features articles focusing on specific buildings, sites, and issues to do with Cairo’s urban fabric.

With a grant from the British Council, Elshahed was able to get many of the site’s articles translated from English into Arabic and printed as a magazine in an effort to include a wider group of people in a grass-roots conversation about urban planning in Cairo.

“All inhabitants of the city should have a voice and the right to be informed about their built environments,” Elshahed said.

At the event Elshahed hosted a panel discussion between the audience and Yahia Shawkat,  Kareem Ibrahim, architect and city planner respectively, about the challenges facing Cairo.

Elshahed lives in Cairo, where he is conducting dissertation research on architecture and urban planning in Egypt from 1939 to 1965, with an emphasis on the Nasser years.

Copies of Cairobserver are available at the Townhouse Gallery bookstore in Downtown.

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