Proposal of sustainable and eco-exurban communities at the western desert development corridor in Egypt

Elseragy, Ahmed and Elnokaly, Amira (2008) Proposal of sustainable and eco-exurban communities at the western desert development corridor in Egypt. In: CSAAR 2008, Instant Cities: Emergent Trends in Architecture and Urbanism in the Arab World, April, 2008, Sharjah, UAE.

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Abstract

Worldwide energy assessments now indicate that improving the energy
efficiency and sustainability of buildings, and urban communities could save our
planet and free-up enormous amounts of current energy expenses. In addition,
greater reliance on sustainability offers countries worldwide means of
maintaining economic growth and environmental quality. In this rapidurbanizing
world, cities hold the key to achieving a sustainable balance between
the Earth's resources and its human needs. Industrialization in developing
countries has led to urban health problems on an unprecedented scale. Cities
around the world affect not just the health of their people but the health of the
planet. Urban areas take up very diminutive percentage of the world's surface but
consume the bulk of vital resources. This research paper represents a holistic
proposal which primarily aims to lessen the harm poorly designed urban
communities and buildings in Egypt’s big cities like Cairo and Alexandria cause.
It draws attention towards exurban developments that are able to use the best of
eco-building approaches in logical combination with the best of technological
advances and renewable energy resources. The ultimate goal of this proposal is
to put forward a sustainable-oriented development to make possible homes,
offices, even entire subdivisions of suburban and exurban for newly proposed
Egyptian communities away from the narrow-valley along the Nile and towards
the Western Desert Development Corridor WDDC that are net producers of
energy, food, clean water and air, beauty, and healthy human and biological
communities. This paper proposes the methodology that should be undertaken in
order to make possible the design of such ecological urban communities.

Keywords:sustainable communities, eco-exurban, Carbon Free Cities Egypt, Western Desert of Egypt, Desert Development Corridor
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:8497
Deposited On:28 Mar 2013 20:34

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