Cairo: People Powered Urban Mapping
The Greater Cairo Region (GCR) is the largest and most densely built area in Egypt. Its population is among the largest around the world, around eighteen million inhabitants. Its annual urban growth rate of 3.7% and an average density of 400 persons per hectare have had major impacts on its urban quality. Severe air and water pollution rates have been recorded, resulting in 2.1% of deaths caused by high air pollution levels. Additionally, there are more than five million vehicles in the streets, following a dramatic rise in automobile ownership (114/1000 vehicle/persons).
The collaboration between Ecocity Builders and Cairo University for the Cairo pilot project highlights many of its infrastructural and lifestyle challenges. By bringing attention to the differences in lifestyles and infrastructure, citizens, researchers, urban planners, universities, and municipalities can gain an understanding of environmental impacts, and ultimately, on the global consumption map.
Imbaba, one of the areas the pilot has focused on, has been partially surveyed by a community-based organization collaborating with the local community, as well as senior architecture students that have engaged the citizens of Imbaba in exchanging knowledge about collecting and visualizing data on local resource consumption, quality of life and elements of urban environmental quality.
Cairo: Ecocitizen Map
Explore the evolving interactive ecocitizen map of Cairo: turn layers off and on, change the basemap, view projects.
Citizens of Cairo!
Show the world how GREEN your city is. Take the survey and get yourself and your city on the map!