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Planning Existing Cities and Regional Perspectives

Title of the Session

Planning Existing Cities and Regional Perspectives

Time and Venue

14 June 2015, Marriott Hotel Zamalek – 2:30 pm-4:00 pm


As Egypt plans for new cities and extensions of existing cities, concerns about the need for adapting urban planning methods currently used has been voiced out by the Egyptian government, academia and other stakeholders. Accordingly, this session explores the present state of urban planning in Egypt, including the role of the major players in urban planning and the key challenges encountered. In addition, this session will explore to what extent city plans are connected to regional plans and to Egypt’s National Strategic plan.

The aim of the Panel is to discuss:

  • What is the institutional setting and role of local authorities in the urban renewal of existing cities?
  • What is the needed reform in the methodology used for planning cities in Egypt?
  • How are regional plans connected to city plans, and how does GOPP coordinate with other institutions to achieve the national vision?
  • How are urban/rural linkages taken into consideration in the planning process of existing cities? What are the case studies?
  • How do we best respond to unplanned neighborhoods within existing cites?
  • Are professional associations playing an effective role in planning existing cities? Or should they be improved, and how?
  • The private sector is mainly concerned with extensions in new cities; to what extent do they play a role in existing cities?


Eng. Salwa Abdel Wahab – Vice President, General Organization For Physical Planning

Dr. Mahmoud Gheith – Head of Association of Urban Planners

Prof.  Hassanein Abu Zeid – Professor of Regional Planning, Al Azhar University

Mr. Ahmed Zaaza, Maspero

Mr.  Pierre-Arnaud Barthel, Project Manager (Egypt, Ethiopia, Palestine), French Agency for Development

Eng.  Soad Nageb, Ministry of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements


Prof. Magdy Rabie, Faculty of Urban and Regional Planning, Cairo University.