Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cairo ContestedGovernance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Diane Singerman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162886

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162886.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CAIRO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cairo.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The American University in Cairo Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CSO for personal use.date: 22 January 2022

Extract from Diary Marginal Notes on the Soft Dialectics of Historic Cairo

Extract from Diary Marginal Notes on the Soft Dialectics of Historic Cairo

(p.235) 8 Extract from Diary Marginal Notes on the Soft Dialectics of Historic Cairo
Cairo Contested

Diane Singerman

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines some of the paradoxes, turf battles, opaque government policies, and weak governance through the saga of one nineteenth-century building in al-Darb al-Ahmar, as one of its tenants tries to save the building from the owner's bureaucratic and legal strategy to demolish it and build a new commercial building in its place. It explains the formal history of Cairo. It also addresses the socioeconomic dimension and governance as a missing element. The tale of 5, al-Qirabiya is similar to other dramas that take place on a daily basis in thousands of other buildings in Cairo. Despite the conflict between planning and conservation practices and theories, where Historic Cairo was a battlefield for this conflict, these two concepts, despite their contradictions, agreed on one thing. Planning and conservation came to a silent agreement to ignore and neglect “ordinary” buildings along with their occupants, even though they constitute the urban fabric of the cities.

Keywords:   Historic Cairo, al-Darb al-Ahmar, building, urban fabric, governance, government policies, planning, conservation

Cairo Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .