Edited by Ilde Rizzo and Anna Mignosa
Chapter 29: The Aga Khan multidisciplinary experience in Cairo, Egypt: a different view
This chapter aims at investigating the economic development perspectives related to heritage revitalization through the analysis of a case study in Cairo by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). A specially interesting feature of this case study is the economic interdependence between its two adjacent projects: Al Darb Al Ahmar Revitalization Project and Al Azhar Park, where the Park is meant to act as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural sustainability and as a stimulus for the upgrading of the proximate historic neighbourhood. And Al Darb Al Ahmar, a project that includes major cultural heritage components, is assumed to act as an adjacent historic attraction for the Park. To give a wider perspective and help serve other similar interdependent cultural heritage models, this chapter explores whether such broad developmental activities implemented in Al Darb Al Ahmar really served the community and benefitted its residents and how AKTC’s strengths and management affected the outcomes.
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