Chronicle of the Middle East and North Africa

Urban History

Urban History

Introduction Urban History

Urban History
This picture taken on January 13, 2022 from the landmark Cairo Tower shows a view of the skyline of the Nile river island of Manial al-Roda (L) in Egypt’s capital Cairo and its twin city of Giza (R), with the background showing (L to R): the step pyramid of Djoser (27th century BC), and the Bent and Red pyramids of Sneferu (26th century BC). – Photo by Amir MAKAR / AFP

Different eras have different motives and potentials, causing different city formations, which affect the lifestyle of their users. Health, safety, security, etc.., are all factors affecting quality of life. The topic Urban History will discuss how different eras with different design and planning strategies affected the quality of life of its users taking into consideration religious and cultural parameters.

Urban History Publications

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Quality of life is one of the main concerns of anyone residing in the 21 countries of the Middle East and North Africa covered by Fanack. Together with our network of global contributors, we define what regional residents want, what they need, and in which space they are most comfortable in.

Fanack’s Urbanism topics are explored from a regional, local, and city-level perspective. Fanack aims to link the below topics to their effect on the quality of life in cities in the MENA region on both local and regional levels.

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With broad support Fanack triggers conversations that directly propose solutions to better the quality of those living in the region. Our Urbanism project solely depends on donations from supporters worldwide.