Des espaces publics au Caire : les jardins publics

Abstract : This communication results from a research and a reflexion in progress, which I undertook in the CEDEJ (Cairo). In this short talk, I focus on the issue of public space in Cairo exemplified by the parks.
“The urban garden, spaces public, open, is thought, composed, like any other urban place. The choice and installation of the objects, the plants, circulations, of the various equipment, are the work of professionals of the organization of space. At the same time, the garden is opposed to the minerality of the city, with its single lines, its functionality. The plants are chosen and assembled according to the ground, the climate, their specific qualities, the volumes, the colors, the forms are juxtaposed in order to create a decoration and an environment, an aesthetic pleasure.” (Auricoste and Dubost, 2002) The authors should forgive me, but this definition, which is, from my point of view, an “adequate interpretation”, is nevertheless without relief for the case which concerns us. That misses few dimensions: that of the Cairo context (there is no park in the absolute, not more public space in the absolute), of the history (the park is not “given”, it has a genesis, a history), and especially that of the users and their practices.
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