Housing Cairo

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes

Interview by Ibai Rigby.



In this short filmed interview, architect and researcher Charlotte Malterre-Barthes talks about the urban processes that have shaped the city of Cairo during the last 50 years, and how most of the population growth is housed in informal areas. Nonetheless, these informal areas differ from the slums we would associate with the term; built in the rural plots at the outskirts of the Egyptian capital, these informal constructions are structurally sound and made to last. The research carried out in this areas rises several questions about what is informal, who decides about it, what makes a city liveable and what is the role left for architects. Charlotte Malterre-Barthes is an architect and urban designer, and is currently Director of Studies at the Chair of Marc Angélil, Department of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland.