Thematic Maps

Darb al-Hosr area

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Darb Al-Hosr is accessible and connected to the major “spines”, and therefore has more built-up plots and inhabitants. The area is also connected to the Al-Sayeda Aisha market and the Darb al-Hosr commercial “spine”. Accordingly, it has higher percentage of neighbourhood commercial activities, cafes and restaurants, private practices (lawyers, accountants, architects, etc.) and educational facilities. The state of conservation of the buildings rather good or fair overall, with buildings in these categories representing more than 42% of the total, but the buildings’ integrity is not at its best, as 60% of the buildings exhibit modifications to their main facades. Darb al-Hosr has a very high percentage of buildings with no architectural value (51.2%). The area also has a number of buildings exceeding 4 storeys (17%), and contains buildings up to 14 storey high.

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Al-Hattaba area

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Al-Hattaba is located on an uphill rocky area that is considered less accessible to public transportation and the major “spines”, and lies totally in the Protection Zone of the Citadel. Monument Protection Zones strongly affect the urban fabric in Historic Cairo, because they freeze construction and consolidation activities within their boundaries. This has a negative impact on the state of conservation of buildings in the Protection Zone. The freezing of building activities has rapidly increased the number of violations in al-Hattaba, since permits are systematically not granted. The state of conservation in al-Hattaba shows that only 36.8% of the buildings are in a fair or good state of conservation. The remaining buildings need attention, as they are either in a bad or dilapidated state of conservation. 19.3% of the buildings are in either partial or total ruin. The highest number of buildings in ruined state of conservation was recorded in al-Hattaba.

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Darb al-Labbena area

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Darb al-Labbena is also located on an uphill rocky area, but is well connected to the area’s main “spines”. It a heavily populated shiakha, with access to the Citadel Square as well as to Souq Al-Silah Street, one of Historic Cairo’s main commercial “spines”. This situation has influenced the presence of workshops, city-scale commercial activities and administrative services in the area. The area also has the highest number of registered building used for religious and cultural activities. This is reflected in the architectural value of the buildings, as the area possesses the highest number of buildings of outstanding and high value. However, the area’s state of conservation is very alarming, with more than 50 percent of the buildings in a bad state of conservation. Darb al-Labbena has the highest percentage of un-built plots in the surveyed areas. A considerable percentage of buildings in Darb al-Labbena exhibit modifications on their main façades. More than 15% of buildings are higher than 4 storeys in the area.

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