Searching for Urban Patterns; An Assessment of Historic Edges and Its Surrounding Context: Historic Cairo As a Case Study
journal article

This paper analyzes the urban edges of historic cities. Managing these edges would enhance the success of any intervention projects inside the historic fabric. The paper develops and tests a method of analytical assessment framework that is applicable for quantitative analysis within an urban edge. It is capable of measuring micro and macro levels of analysis of historic urban edges with reference to their spatial configuration. In addition, the paper searches for repetitive spatial configuration patterns. The main case study is Historic Cairo. The paper reveals that there are apparent patterns of cause and effect of both spatial configurations and related activities along the urban edges, forming different type of barriers. The paper discovers the repetitive spatial, architectural, and land-use patterns that exist on various edges. These patterns enable the possibility of learning and acquiring from other successful interventions that have been applied to similar patterns, without being limited to cultural or contextual differences.


Urban edges; urban patterns; spatial configuration analysis; historic Cairo

Mohareb, Nabil. "Searching for Urban Patterns; an assessment of historic edges and its surrounding context: historic CAIRO as a case study." International Journal of Architectural Research: ArchNet-IJAR [Online] 10, no. 2 (29 July 2016): 67-86.
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