The Spatial Identity of Historic Cairo, Part one: Typology, Geometry, and Geographic Distribution

Sadek A. S. Saad (1)
(1) Professor, Architectural and Urban Design, Deptartment of Architectural Engineering, College of Engineering, Shoubra, Benha University, Egypt, Egypt


It is fundamental to maintain the local places’ identity, character and trajectory of evolution in order to create a sustainable process of urbanization.

This study introduces a quantitative inventory of urban spaces in Cairo, in the early 19th century, extracted from historic maps and indexes. Urban spaces are classified in terms of geometric typology (linear and central), geometric regularity of their footprints, sizes and geographical distribution.

The extracted information highlighted the quantitative domination of linear spaces and of irregularity in space footprint. It also showed a noticeable insignificant value of central spaces. However, the insignificant value of central spaces presented spatial identity of power demonstration in historic Cairo; irregularity and linearity presented sociocultural and economic identities.

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Author Biography

Sadek A. S. Saad, Professor, Architectural and Urban Design, Deptartment of Architectural Engineering, College of Engineering, Shoubra, Benha University, Egypt

Prof. of architectural and urban design, dept. of architectural engineering, college of engineering, Shoubra, Benha University

Saad, S. A. S. (2017). The Spatial Identity of Historic Cairo, Part one: Typology, Geometry, and Geographic Distribution. ARCHive-SR, 1(1), 7.

Article Details

Received 2017-09-12
Accepted 2017-09-12
Published 2017-09-18