Co-operative Centre
Kharga, Egypt
"This project, commissioned by the Desert Development and Reclamation Bureau, was seen as a key part of governmental plans to found a series of new towns around the Kharga Oasis, using the substantial amount of water available in the aquifer there for the establishment of agricultural villages. This Centre provides the back-up facilities necessary for those villages, since many of the intended residents would not necessarily have had any previous background in farming. Technical and educational services assist residents in planting, soil productivity and machinery maintenance. The Centre itself has suffered from lack of the perennial plastering needed to protect the mud-brick walls, as well as from heaving and swelling of the soil, caused by broken water mains. Rather than correcting these problems, the administrators at the Centre have been replacing collapsing structures with reinforced concrete units." (constructed)


Steele, James. 1997. An Architecture for People: The Complete Works of Hassan Fathy. London, United Kingdom: Thames and Hudson.
Kharga, Egypt
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