26 November 2017, 18:00h | Book Launch and Exhibition
Place: Institut Francais d’Egypte in Cairo

Edited by Marc Angélil and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes in collaboration with Something Fantastic and CLUSTER (Ruby Press; Berlin)

Focused on urban development of the Egyptian capital, the MAS Urban Design explored the so-called informal districts of Cairo with the publication Housing Cairo: The (Informal) Response (Best Architecture Book DAM 2016). Approximately 60 percent of the population of Africa’s biggest city lives in socalled informal housing, typically five-to-ten-story concreteand- brick-infill structures built without permits in the desert or on former agricultural land. As the book argues, Cairo’s informal response to housing needs is not a marginal phenomenon, but rather an intelligent, optimized answer to planning incapacities – an answer that architects and planners should themselves be participating in.

Institute for Urban Design
Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Marc Angélil
Contact: Charlotte Malterre-Barthes