Lecture: "Community, Sustainability, and Public Space: Urban Design after the Arab Spring" (UC Berkeley, 11/7)
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Monday, November 7, 2011
6:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
Community, Sustainability, and Public Space: Urban Design after the Arab Spring
The events of spring 2011 clearly demonstrated the importance of
public space in social transformation, have opened new opportunities
for community-based design in Egypt and throughout the region.
Residents of Cairo face a critical lack of open space, a concern that
can be addressed through environmental planning initiatives such as
reconnecting the city with the Nile.
Amir Gohar is an urban planner/designer active in sustainable tourism
development, with emphasis on preservation of cultural resources in
the Middle East. He has twelve years of experience working with
municipal governments, international organizations, and private sector
firms on site planning, urban design strategies, master planning,
informal settlement development and landscape planning throughout the
region. Currently a visiting scholar with the Institute of Urban and
Regional Development at UC Berkeley and member of several NGOs working
towards reshaping the urban context of Egypt for a more sustainable
future, Gohar was instrumental in organizing the recent UCB–Cairo
workshop Connecting Cairo to the Nile.