Conference and International Exhibition: The Future of Gated Communities: Towards Sustainable Urban Development
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Jun 11–14, 2013
Organized by: Housing & Building National Research Center
Venue: Housing & Building National Research Center
Address: 87 Tahrir Street, Dokki, Giza
P.O. Box 1770
Admission: by registration

Under The Auspices of
H.E. Prof. Tarek Wafik
Minister of Housing & Urban Communities


Prof. Khalid El-Zahaby                        

Prof. Magda Metwally


General Secretary
Dr. Sahar Soliman


Why GC's?
The phenomenon of Gated Communities as urban residential developments is spreading all over the world and will have a major impact on the form and function of the future cities; it is expected to become the new garden city model of the 21st century. This phenomenon can have a dramatic impact on long-term urban sustainability, which requires extensive studies  and research on the viability of gated communities as a future pattern of urban development. GCs became a major trend for both the real estate industry and the prospective homeowners all over the world

Why Sustainable Urban Development?
Sustainable development is a main concern for decision makers, experts and planners at local, national and global levels according to the Agenda 21.  Sustainable urban development poses a multitude of challenges and opportunities.
The Conference & Exhibition will provide an opportunity to facilitate dialogue between real estate
developers, experts, researchers and suppliers of eco-building products, services and solutions, in order to promote greener approaches in the urban community's development.
The main goal is to improve the sustainability of the built environment by transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated.


Conference Concept:

The conference monitors and addresses the phenomenon of urban gated communities and causes of its spread, as well as the urban, social, economic and environmental implications of it. The conference focuses on the development and management issues affecting the dispersion and sustainability of this new urban pattern.
Experts,  professionals, researchers, real estate developers,  national and local government, contractors and companies in the field of eco-friendly building  products, services and solutions, are invited  to participate in the conference and  the international exhibition in order  to sharing ideas, experiences  and knowledge.

During the last decades, Egypt’s population increased rapidly which altered the urban growth of the existing cities. During the seventies, the government established new cities to accommodate population growth in which the private sector contributed towards its development on a large scale. During the end of the twentieth century, private communities appeared and soon spread amongst new cities. Gates and fences separate these  private communities with their luxurious amenities and services from the adjacent residential neighborhoods.
GCs became a major trend for both the Real Estate industry and the prospective homeowners; as it led to privatization of public urban spaces within the boundaries of the new cities.


Conference Objectives:
·Monitoring and evaluating the local and international experience in the field of establishing private urban communities and particularly the green urban communities. Emphasizing on urban, social, economic, environmental and development issues, in addition to the interactions between those communities and the surrounding neighborhoods.
·Identifying growth trends and transformation scenarios of these communities to contribute in clarifying the future vision for decision makers in order to achieve sustainable urban policies and development for GCs.
·Answering potential questions arising from both the national and international arena regarding the future of gated communities:
         ·Where to turn?
         ·Potentialities, constraints and disadvantages?
         ·What impact do they have on the urban growth of the existing cities?
         ·How can private urban development contribute to sustainable city development of existing
        as well as new cities?


Local and international practices
- Urban, social, economic, environmental and development issues of the GCs.
- Urban, social and economical interactions between GCs. and its surrounding neighborhoods.
- The experience of private urban governance concept, which can contribute to improving the quality of life in existing neighborhoods.
Green communities
-Best practices of green communities projects in terms of sustainable site location, sustainable design, indoor environment quality, and sustainable use of water, energy and materials.
- Social sustainability.
- Operation and management sustainability.
Regional planning
-Regional planning and efficiency of sites selection for GCs development.
-The impact of GCs. on city planning, urban morphology and on the facilities and infrastructure networks.
-Incentives and resources for sustainable business development.
-The spread of GCs. around major cities and its impact on regional infrastructure networks.
Management & Development
-Laws and regulations governing GCs. management & development.
-Management, operation and maintenance of GCs.
-Urban governance for better communities.
-Public- private partnerships “PPPs.”& the business improvement districts “BIDs” with special focus on the private and puplic governance


· Researchers and Professionals From Universities and Research Centers
· Local and National Government.
· Real Estate Investment Professionals.
· Built Environment and Green Communities Professionals
· Consultants, Architects and Urban Planners.

Important Dates:
Submission of abstracts      April 20, 2013.                                    
Acceptance of abstracts     April 25, 2013.                                   
Deadline for papers submission will be strictly on     May 20, 2013.
Acceptance of papers      May  30, 2013.

Paper submission:
Language: Arabic / English

Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words.

Full paper should not exceed ten pages.

Paper e-mailed without author name.
Author name/ title to be send on separate sheet.

Please refer to for the writing rules.