[This article belongs to Volume - 55, Issue - 12]
Gongcheng Kexue Yu Jishu/Advanced Engineering Science
Journal ID : AES-13-01-2024-666

Title : Impact of Community Strength on the Production of re-development Projects of Degraded Areas in Egypt (A Case Study of Maspero Triangle Project)
Noran Ayman Elkhafif, Kariman Ahmed Shawky, Aboul-Fetouh Shalaby,

Abstract : Egypt has recently prioritized the economic value of various sites in Greater Cairo, encouraging Egyptian Vision 2030 to propose several high-value redevelopment projects targeting the replacement of deteriorating areas. These projects have received criticism and are labeled with weaknesses, most notably their weak response to local community needs. This urges the investigation of the production process of these projects identifying the factors shaping this process. This study mainly focuses on the local community strength as one of the influential factors in these projects’ level of response to community needs. To help examine the impact of community strength on the production of these projects in Egypt, a theoretical framework has been constructed as a result of reviewing international literature on similar international practices. Then, using this framework as a tool to help collect and qualitatively analyze data from the local context. The study draws on a case study applied to the Maspero Triangle Redevelopment Project in Cairo. The results show the poor response of the Maspero Triangle redevelopment project to the local community needs, despite the latter being a strong community. In this case, community strength is far outweighed by more influential factors shaping the project's production process on top of which is the government's tendency to achieve maximum profit and quick financial returns. Against the internationally accepted notion about the positive correlation between community strength and the responsiveness of redevelopment projects to their needs, the Egyptian case stands as an exception.