Architectural Heritage of Egypt project is to document the 19th and 20th century architectural heritage of Egypt for they remain poorly documented and suffer tremendous negligence.
Stringent rent control laws were imposed, and their effects have been devastating. Consequently, owners discontinued any investment in maintenance and in their turn tenants didnít really contribute so much. Public awareness to this heritage is still not fully formed.
Downtown area of Cairo that was developed between the 19th and 20th Century, is the area of interest for CULTNATís pilot project. During the period between 1860 and 1950 in particular, a unique architecture combining European styles with local influences and materials was born. Post-1940 architecture unfortunately lost any sense of uniqueness as the international style pre-dominated the architectural scene which will never be equaled.
ß Document the 19th and 20th century architectural heritage of Egypt
ß This project constituted a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with an easy to browse database that included extensive photographic documentation, all published material for each inventoried building, in addition to historic documents, maps and archival material
ß A series of thematic CD-ROMs, books, guides and other publications were extracted from this database serving as very effective cultural awareness tools