I visited a number of different public housing projects and found the environments quite fascinating. The range of responses varied tremendously from place to place, but all exercised creativity, ownership and determination to better their living condition. The first place was suggested by an Egyptian architect I met with, Ahmad Hamid. Although I don’t have much info on the place, it is located in the
Utilized Public Space
When we were trying to find the place, I had called Ahmad and described the place to him, thinking that we were not in the right place. After I told him about the lush gardens and green spaces, he assured me I was in the right place, saying,” You need to think about this from an Egyptian perspective, not an American perspective. I know you are in the right place because of the all the trees, grass, and green space.” I understood what he was saying, but didn’t REALLY understand it until I went to Zagazyg.
Zagazyg is a city about an hour by train outside of
It seemed that almost everyone here had made some alteration or addition to their space, but the most significant ones were on the ground floor. One had turned his bedroom into an internet café. And inside, most people had invested in new tile, new furniture, refrigerators, etc. The insides were quite respectable, and it was clear people took great care and pride in their spaces, and all were very proud to show me their homes.