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Old August 28th, 2010, 02:23 AM   #1
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AGROPOLIS | The Agricultural City | Khataba (Al Jadida) Agropolis | Proposed

Khataba (Al Jadida) Agropolis - Self-Sufficient City



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The rapid increase of population in the Nile Delta, especially around Cairo and Alexandria, is today completely unsustainable. Life quality in both cities is decreasing while the infrastructures are totally overstretched, forcing hundreds of thousands of people into peripheric satellite developments. This is either happening in the desert in enclosed condominiums for the rich, or in the Delta in shanty-town-like settlements for the poor.
Egypt is also having a fast growing demand for electricity which requires significant investiment in its generation capacity.
Like many other Middle-Eastern countries, Egypt is also facing a sharp rise in food imports, which is making the country ever-more dependent on price fluctuations of the international markets. This is turning basic goods too expensive for the majority of the population.
The proposal of new towns along the Delta is therefore thought to redirect the uncontrolled urban sprawl into new agro-urban settlements that grow in accordance to local farming activity. Khataba (Al Jadida) is the first of these settlements. As a semi-urban and semi-agricultural environment - an Agropolis - it is proposed to be self sufficient in what concerns the involvement of local population, new transport infrastructures, mix-program, and, above all, a sustainable balance in food and energy production and consumption.

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Left-over spaces and sustainable food production:
The main strategy is to use linear and circular agricultural morphological patterns common in Egypt as a basic structure in which the Khataba (Al Jadida) Agropolis and other new settlements can grow. By using the left-over spaces that are usually wasted land, these new town centres are proposed to develop in the interstices between irrigation circles and gridded fields, creating an a-significant matrix of interconnected and complementary urban nuclei in the midst of agricultural land. Being a very efficient system used in dry areas of the Middle East, irrigation circles are employed as a means to irrigate large surfaces with very little water, which in turn is extracted from existing aquifers. In this part of Egypt the aquifers are regularly refilled with water from the Nile Delta, turning this system into an ecologically balanced and economic practise. The proximity of food production and consumption is also seen as being cheaper, sustainable and more environmentally friendly.

Mixed Program:
A further focus of the project is lying on the juxtaposition and coexistence of different people and activities within a varied and mixed program. It contradicts mono-cultural/zooning strategies largely used in the mid and late 20th-century urbanism. By desifying the urban settlements, land is left intact for farming activity. Besides this agricultural production, it is also proposed that the ground levels of the project host facilities for agricultural manufacturing, along with housing for mid/low income people (that can sprawl between different centres), along with small and mid-scale commerce, workshops for local craftsmen, and cultural/educational/health services on a main street (souk). The upper levels host housing for mid/high income people, offices and other ancillary services.

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Apart from an existing motorway, a new high-speed train is proposed to link Cairo and Alexandria. Travel distance is thus massively reduced, shortening commuting time between Khataba (Al Jadida) and Cairo to 30 minutes. The trajectory of this new railway line is located outside the Nile Delta, on a predominantly agricultural area west of it, avoiding spreading more construction and thus pollution in the Delta. On this line are proposed several new agro-urban settlements, being Khataba Al-jadida the first prototype to be built.

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Local population, mainly farmers, craftsmen and other skilled workers are thought to be attracted to the Khataba (Al Jadida) Agropolis where products can be traded. New housing can also develop along a planned grid between several new centers. Simultaneously, a new middle/higher income group of people is also attracted that instead of sprawling in the periphery of Cairo and Alexandria chose to settle in a more healthy and sustainable environment. The density of construction of the agropolis is necessary to allow a maximum of utilisation of surrounding farm land.

Energy consumption / production:
Khataba (Al-Jadida) is designed as a 0 carbon foot print agglomeration. Different types of waste products, including sewage, household garbage, energy, etc. is proposed to be recycled. Liquid waste in particular is thought to be re-utilized and help irrigating surrounding farm land.
Energy, on the other hand, is to be gained mainly from sun energy, being located on the building's roofs, facades and some of the circular fields.




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Okey Honestly Until this moment I can't not understand those renders, WTF??

But If this is approve then OMG, it's going to be the most green and environmental friendly city in the world!
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Very bizzarre, I doubt it would be built...
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Old August 28th, 2010, 02:58 AM   #3
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Blahh

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Old August 28th, 2010, 03:11 AM   #4
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I LOL'd at your comments

Here is more information. you can clearly see the location of this and the new high speed Train line, also how this could expand out.

Honestly I think this project is Amazing! We can take our 14% people in poverty and let them in these cities. this is so great. and It's mentioned everything is going to be recycled and the power comes from the sun those building simply take the sun's energy and turn it into electricity.

anyway here are the info and renders.


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the rapid increase of population in the nile delta, especially around cairo and alexandria,
is today completely unsustainable. life quality in both cities is decreasing while the infrastructures
are totally overstretched, forcing hundreds of thousands of people into peripheric satellite
developments. this is either happening in the desert in enclosed condominiums for the rich,
or in the delta in shanty-town-like settlements for the poor. egypt is also having a fast growing
demand for electricity which requires significant investment in its generation capacity.

like many other middle-eastern countries, egypt is also facing a sharp rise in food imports,
which is making the country ever-more dependent on price fluctuations of the international markets.
this is turning basic goods too expensive for the majority of the population.

the proposal by the UK practice marcosandmarjan (marjan colletti, marcos cruz) is that of
new towns along the delta to therefore redirect the uncontrolled urban sprawl into new agro-urban
settlements that grow in accordance to local farming activity. khataba (al jadida) is the first of these
settlements. as a semi-urban and semi-agricultural environment - an agropolis - it is proposed to
be self sufficient in what concerns the involvement of local population, new transport infrastructures,
mix program, and, above all, a sustainable balance in food and energy production and consumption.


apart from an existing motorway, a new high-speed train is proposed to link cairo and alexandria.
travel distance is thus massively reduced, shortening commuting time between khataba (al jadida)
and cairo to 30 minutes. the trajectory of this new railway line is located outside the nile delta,
on a predominantly agricultural area west of it, avoiding spreading more construction and thus
pollution in the delta. on this line are proposed several new agro-urban settlements, being khataba
al-jadida the first prototype to be built.


a further focus of the project is lying on the juxtaposition and coexistence of different people
and activities within a varied and mixed program. it contradicts mono-cultural/zooning strategies
largely used in the mid and late 20th-century urbanism. by desifying the urban settlements,
land is left intact for farming activity. besides this agricultural production, it is also proposed that
the ground levels of the project host facilities for agricultural manufacturing, along with housing
for mid/low income people (that can sprawl between different centres), along with small
and mid-scale commerce, workshops for local craftsmen, and cultural / educational / health services
on a main street (souk). the upper levels host housing for mid/high income people, offices
and other ancillary services.


local population, mainly farmers, craftsmen and other skilled workers are thought to be
attracted to the khataba (al jadida) agropolis where products can be traded. new housing
can also develop along a planned grid between several new centers. simultaneously, a new
middle/higher income group of people is also attracted that instead of sprawling in the periphery
of cairo and alexandria chose to settle in a more healthy and sustainable environment. the density
of construction of the agropolis is necessary to allow a maximum of utilisation of surrounding
farm land.


energy consumption / production
khataba (al-jadida) is designed as a 0 carbon foot print agglomeration. different types of
waste products, including sewage, household garbage, energy, etc. is proposed to be recycled.
liquid waste in particular is thought to be re-utilized and help irrigating surrounding farm land.
energy, on the other hand, is to be gained mainly from sun energy, being located on the building's
roofs, facades and some of the circular fields.

multi-layered skin with solar-pixels
mit researches are developing a way to double the performance of traditional solar panels by using
dyed glass and fiber optics as a layer placed on top of existing solar arrays.

example of a pioneering 354 megawall powerplant built in the mojave desert in california, USA.


left-over spaces and sustainable food production
the main strategy is to use linear and circular agricultural morphological patterns common
in egypt as a basic structure in which the khataba (al jadida) agropolis and other new settlements
can grow. by using the left-over spaces that are usually wasted land, these new town centres
are proposed to develop in the interstices between irrigation circles and gridded fields, creating
an significant matrix of interconnected and complementary urban nuclei in the midst of agricultural
land. being a very efficient system used in dry areas of the middle east, irrigation circles are employed
as a means to irrigate large surfaces with very little water, which in turn is extracted from existing
aquifers. in this part of egypt the aquifers are regularly refilled with water from the nile delta, turning
this system into an ecologically balanced and economic practice. the proximity of food production
and consumption is also seen as being cheaper, sustainable and more environmentally friendly.
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I guess the towers are not ugly after all as you can see in those pictures.

For some reason I WANT THIS TO HE BUILT! this is the most urban farm I have ever seen

BTW do you guys even get this project It's like a Makeover our Farm land and expanding it, so It's a Yes for me If I was the minister
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Old August 29th, 2010, 04:03 PM   #5
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ITS HARD TO BE BUILD !!!!!
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Old August 29th, 2010, 04:16 PM   #6
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Why? It's just a normal tower as you can see here



and here



and the Solar panels is what give it the glossy look.
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i luv the idea of putting sumthing weird and bazar in the middle of a green natural area plus the project idea is amazing
reminds me with the gogenhiem museum in spain
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ITS VERY NICE BUT NOT EASY TO BE BUILT !!!!
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Old October 5th, 2010, 04:44 PM   #9
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this is ridiculous

just give us basic facilities; a safe asphalted road, water, power, sewage, security, rubbish collection, bricks&mortar, a phone line - and egyptians will rush to build their new communities.
but don't bother paying some retarded consultant millions to render squigly silver buildings which will never be implemented!
what idiots we have in charge..
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