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Old September 17th, 2019, 04:18 PM   #221
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This has definitely been an issue before in social housing projects that the government has built in Egypt. This isn't the only city the government is building right now.

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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.
Looks like this is indeed the case, thanks for the explanation.
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To give you guys an idea of the scale of the current construction.

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Would be great if Egypt spent more effort on reclaiming the desert and I am assuming there is some effort to green desertified areas?
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Old September 17th, 2019, 09:33 PM   #224
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https://youtu.be/lfo8XHGFAIQ

Worth a watch. I do know they’re putting greenhouses everywhere, but not properly terraforming. A bit of an OT, but I would love to see the Qattara depression filled with water from the med, which theoretically speaking should help lower the local sea water levels? Or am I being totally obtuse?
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This plan is miserably suburban and sprawling out everywhere. It's as if it's designed specifically to require a car to get around, like the 1950's American planning ideal. They are going to end up with massive traffic and an enormous amount of unnecessary road and utility infrastructure since each building is spread further and further apart.

The R5 district is a good example of how the city SHOULD be laid out, with small city blocks, narrow streets that slow the cars, buildings closely lining the sidewalks, and perimeter block layouts that maintain the streetwall. The wide avenues with intersections that appear to be placed at least a kilometer apart will seal in the district such that you need a car or a pedestrian overpass bridge to get in or out of it from adjacent districts. The urban fabric should continue to link it with adjacent districts. Even in cities with enormous avenues like Washington DC and Paris, the avenues become destinations largely because they are lined with shops and restaurants/cafes at street level and form blocks just as small as the rest of them.

A few landmark government and cultural buildings should be the only ones that are set back behind plazas and parks to create public space in front of them.
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In a climate that hot, narrow streets that keep people in shade mostly and reduce heat gain on physical structures are a must. They only have to look at millennia of urban development to find the most appropriate compact form of city.
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