Alternative Policy Solutions cordially invite you to attend the open talk “'The Distorting Luxury of Infinite Space: Egypt's New Capital, New Cities, and New Industrial Areas," with David Sims, a housing and urban development specialist who has worked as a consultant in many Arab countries as well as in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa since 1971.
For decades, Egypt has been looking at the desert as its modernist future. The availability of what seemed to be endless amounts of state-owned land has generated a kind of thinking where the costs of distance and importance of location simply do not matter. Such thinking has underpinned the nation’s urban and industrialization policies, instead of a more nuanced approach that could be used to stimulate manufacturing, deepen the industrial sector, house the burgeoning urban population and expand existing towns. In the last couple years such a preoccupation with mega-solutions in the desert – and their accompanying land sales – has gone into overdrive, with distorting effects that will last for years to come.
The discussion will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019, from 6 - 8 pm at Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Campus.
David Sims is a housing and urban development specialist who has worked as a consultant in many Arab countries as well as in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa since 1971. He has considerable experience in housing, urban development and urban upgrading in various countries -- particularly in Egypt He is the author of Understanding Cairo: The Logic of a City Out of Control (Cairo: AUC Press, 2010 and 2012) and Egypt’s Desert Dreams: Development or Disaster? (AUC Press 2014 and 2018). Sims is a long-term resident in Egypt. *The discussion will be conducted in English; simultaneous translation will be available