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Old July 9th, 2019, 02:42 AM   #201
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The new capital CBD Project at the first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo. Changsha, Hunan Province China from June 27th to 29th.

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Egypt's new desert capital faces delays as it battles for funds
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CAIRO, May 13 (Reuters) - Egypt's government wants to start running the nation from a new capital in the desert from mid-2020, but the $58 billion project is struggling to raise funds and needs to overcome other challenges after investors pulled out.

Workers are rushing to build core areas of the new city to replace Cairo, the existing capital on the Nile that has become a traffic-clogged, urban sprawl of more than 20 million people.

The project, launched in 2015 by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a year after he was first elected president, aims to offer a clean and efficient base for the government and finance industry, as well as homes for at least 6.5 million people.

But the project, which also seeks to lift an economy dented by political turmoil after 2011, lost a lead investor from the United Arab Emirates and is now being run by the Housing Ministry and the army's Engineering Authority.

"There is very strong interest from the political leadership in the project," said Ahmed Zaki Abdeen, a retired general who heads the company building the new city, told Reuters.

But he said "the large scale of the work leads to large scale problems", such as finding enough skilled labour to wire up the "smart city" and raising about 1 trillion Egyptian pounds ($58 billion) in financing over coming years from land sales and other investment.

"We need very extensive financing and the state doesn't have money to give me," said Abdeen, adding that about 20% of investment so far had come from abroad, including up to $4.5 billion from China.

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Old July 29th, 2019, 08:09 PM   #203
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The video in order goes R3 district, R5 and finally the CBD
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Old August 15th, 2019, 01:30 PM   #204
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CAIRO, May 13 (Reuters) - Egypt's government wants to start running the nation from a new capital in the desert from mid-2020, but the $58 billion project is struggling to raise funds and needs to overcome other challenges after investors pulled out.

Workers are rushing to build core areas of the new city to replace Cairo, the existing capital on the Nile that has become a traffic-clogged, urban sprawl of more than 20 million people.

The project, launched in 2015 by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a year after he was first elected president, aims to offer a clean and efficient base for the government and finance industry, as well as homes for at least 6.5 million people.

But the project, which also seeks to lift an economy dented by political turmoil after 2011, lost a lead investor from the United Arab Emirates and is now being run by the Housing Ministry and the army's Engineering Authority.

"There is very strong interest from the political leadership in the project," said Ahmed Zaki Abdeen, a retired general who heads the company building the new city, told Reuters.

But he said "the large scale of the work leads to large scale problems", such as finding enough skilled labour to wire up the "smart city" and raising about 1 trillion Egyptian pounds ($58 billion) in financing over coming years from land sales and other investment.

"We need very extensive financing and the state doesn't have money to give me," said Abdeen, adding that about 20% of investment so far had come from abroad, including up to $4.5 billion from China.

More : https://www.reuters.com/article/us-e...-idUSKCN1SJ10I
Exactly what I was fearing... I'm not sure the project will be completed as advertised. Egypt is a nearly 100 millions inhabitants country with a 200 billions GDP, wich is not that much. Nothing to do with oil rich gulf states.Private investors won't finance the entire thing, nor will china do.
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Old August 27th, 2019, 02:00 PM   #206
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Old August 27th, 2019, 02:02 PM   #207
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TIMELINE: Central Business District

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This one details the progress by the December 31 2019. The lower portion (turquoise/light grey) shows how far the cladding will have come on each building, the dark grey part is how far the structure will have come and the red is the outline of the completed tower. If you look at the main tower for example you can see that the cladding will be finished for 7 floors and the structure will have reached 17 floors.



This one details the level of completion by June 30 2020. The structure of the main tower will have reached 50 floors, with cladding on 30 floors. Some of the shorter towers will be finished at this point, both structure and cladding, whereas some of the other towers will have a finished structure but not exterior.



This one shows the level of progress by June 2021. All towers will be completed at this point if all goes according to plan, with the main tower having reached 79 floors. It shows how many floors each tower will be upon completion.
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I'm sorry to break it to you, but by every measure of good urban design, this is not going to be a success. It looks unsuited to the local climate and how most people move about. It's going to be hugely energy hungry and expensive to run. It's also going to be inhumane and alien to the culture of the area.

A well designed new city here would be generally low-rise, with deep shaded streets; it would be have a density of uses so people could walk about without being dependent on transportation; It would have smaller scale, flexible buildings which don't need long-term, expensive state upkeep.

The antithesis of a sustainable city in a hot part of the world is Dubai and this looks like it's inspired by that place - a hugely expensive, sprawling mass of highways, shopping malls and towers. Historic Cairo should be the model for this city. I wish I could provide some urban design advice to the developers before it's too late. This could be an asset to Egypt but it loooks like it might become a massive liability.
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Old September 2nd, 2019, 01:26 PM   #212
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Nice developments and hope the best for New Cairo. Dubai is a success and will be probably stay a success for still a long time.
The only weird thing is the choice of a monoral instead of mass capacity trains...
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Old September 2nd, 2019, 03:55 PM   #213
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There are a lot of aspects of this project that I'm not a fan of, but if you look at the demographic threat that Egypt is facing you'll understand why it must build new high-density cities in the desert. Not just this city, but New Alamein, New Mansoura, Galala etc. All the 4th generation new urban communities must succeed, otherwise we are facing a future where urban encroachments have completely swallowed all agricultural land. Egypt can't afford to grow on the Nile, this was a drastic solution to an existential threat that has been looming for 20 years.

Anyway, you could always try to send an email (http://www.mhuc.gov.eg/Programs/Index/132) to the ministry in charge of this project. I'm not sure how responsive they are though.
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And while I do agree that certain parts of this project are similar to Dubai I don't think the two are comparable. Dubai is a series of skyscrapers and malls connected by highways. The weather in Cairo, while hotter than Alexandria, is nowhere near as extreme, making pedestrian street much more viable. If you look at the R5 district a.k.a. New Garden City (already U/C) for example you can see that the "city core" will indeed prioritize pedestrians in a similar way to Khedival Cairo.

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Well that plan looks a lot more dense and urban... although the road wrapped around it looks like a terrible impenetrable wall. People need to be able to walk or dare I say, ride a bike, overa logn distance without having to cross enormous freeways
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That is one of the qualms I have with the project, and also one of the general issues with planned cities. I do hope that the Green River (renders: http://admin.mhuc.gov.eg//Dynamic_Pa...2056678096.pdf) will provide a somewhat seamless transition for pedestrians from district to district. Remains to be seen how they will handle it. I would hate it if the districts ended up being almost completely independent of one another and those freeways running through the city don't inspire much hope, hopefully they're more like 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires than Sheikh Zayed in Dubai.
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Guys, about the transportation project, thats not a monorail anymore, thats an elevated rail.
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And while I do agree that certain parts of this project are similar to Dubai I don't think the two are comparable. Dubai is a series of skyscrapers and malls connected by highways. The weather in Cairo, while hotter than Alexandria, is nowhere near as extreme, making pedestrian street much more viable. If you look at the R5 district a.k.a. New Garden City (already U/C) for example you can see that the "city core" will indeed prioritize pedestrians in a similar way to Khedival Cairo.
Satellite images of the R5 district. It looks like it has been slightly downsized (more compact), or am I imagining things? The distance between the squares looks shorter in the satellite image.

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to me it looks like they changed many blocks to have fewer openings and they seem thicker. The buildings in the center of the circles east and west of the center are not there (yet?), the blocks in the southwest are completely changed. And there are 2 new roundabouts for access to the neighborhood.
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The scale of this continues to be absolutely mind-boggling. I find the mix of architectural styles very interesting, with a lot of different modern, Victorian, neo-futuristic, and brutalist style structures thrown into the mix.

I hope it turns out well for being a fully planned city and the structures are built to last. Producing buildings en-masse like this can very well lead to some quality control issues not too far down the road.
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