The Egyptian Ministry of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements (MURIS) just selected Foster + Partners to design the masterplan for the Maspero Triangle District in downtown Cairo. The new masterplan aims to regenerate the district dominated by informal settlements and provide new residential, commercial and retail spaces while retaining the area’s unique character.

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The regeneration scheme envisions a combination of private investment and public initiative, combining commercial and residential spaces along with mixed-use buildings and community spaces planned to occupy the central core of masterplan. According to the architects, this would allow the existing population to maintain their overlapping live-work relationships while providing more job opportunities on the edges of the site.

Nurturing the public realm is a pivotal aspect of the project designed to create and support communities and neighborhoods. By prioritizing pedestrian traffic, the project caters to both visitors and locals and boosts connectivity. Cafes, restaurants and shops would line the area surrounding the footbridge in Zamalek.

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“We believe this is an exciting opportunity to transform the lives of the people that live in this neighbourhood – supporting the vibrant public realm by giving them greener community spaces, and a better place to live and work, while creating new spaces for offices, retail and residences. On the banks of the River Nile, the future of Maspero burns bright, and we are sure our sustainable model of development will set the benchmark for urban regeneration throughout the country,” said Grant Brooker, Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partners.

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