Creative Cities: Re-framing Downtown
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Oct 31–Nov 1, 2015
Organized by: CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research)
The American University in Cairo
Venue: The American University in Cairo (Tahrir Campus)
Address: 113 Kasr El Aini St., P.O. Box 2511
Cairo, 11511, Egypt

The Creative Cities Conference is organized by CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research) and the American University in Cairo. It will take place on October 31st and November 1st at The Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Campus.


The conference invites international examples of successful models of Creative Cities that may be relevant to the future development of Downtown Cairo, and in dialogue with local stakeholders consider the role culture can play as a catalyst for development.
Looking critically at the changes that have taken place in Cairo over the past few years, and building on the wealth of studies of both urban history and contemporary conditions that Cairo enjoys, the Creative Cities international conference is organized to emphasize comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to issues related to public space, heritage and urban culture, the revitalization of downtown in the context of gentrification and securitization, and urban governance. The conference brings scholars, professionals and experts together with local cultural actors, community leaders and stakeholders. The Creative Cities conference will consist of public plenary sessions as well as critical urban walking tours, that aim towards alternative visions for Cairo’s Downtown, informed by local practices, in addition to best practices from international contexts.


October 31, 2015

Public Plenary Discussions 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Urban Walking Tours 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Last and Lost Photography Tour
Modernist Architecture Tour
Cairo Downtown Passageways Tour
Cinematic City Tour
Literary Tour
Biking Tour

Please note that the tours are by registration only due to limited capacity.

November 1, 2015
Public Plenary Discussions 9:00 am - 7:00 pm