During my school time; I had experienced many of the new urban developments in Egypt; which all share the same characteristics that later, or continuously lead to chaotic disasters.. My opinion may contradicts some ongoing phenomenon, not only in Egypt, but across most of the underdeveloped countries, including new emerging economies..
1- A Governance-Challenge.. The political pressure overwhelmingly allows the civil bureaucracy to role and subsequently marginalizes the professional resources to set proper parameters for planning, design and control.. Simply; no time can be wasted to review serious academic-literature from reliable sourced consultants, replacing them by executive summaries from top executives; who know how to “please” decision makers..
2- An Accreditation Challenge.. The nationalization drives enable smart graduates to enroll for “Permanent-Gov” positions that by-default require practical exposures and hands-on-the-trade capacity.. Planning is a spearheading in the misrepresentation as a process, despite the complicated reality.. Outcomes are usually “Pretty Pictures” of “Utopia-alike” urban developments; that sweeps under the carpet the serious details of ecosystems, spatial patterns, transit, social coherence, and governance..
3- An Epistemic Challenge.. The scientific evolution of urban planning and design had inevitably brought lots of syllabuses to any exercise; which are fair alignment to both researches and graduate degrees the “Planners” would be labeled by.. Yet, the demise between reasonable processing and exaggerated one is very fine and often breached.. Many urban challenges can be resolved by simple solutions (with legislative and executive powers) rather than complex missions, forums, conferences, etc..
The influx of the gated communities at 6th October city, is reflection of unspoken changed social patterns during the last 20 years; which had resulted in slow voluntarily eviction of historical high-end districts.. However, it represents a phenomenon that repeats itself across MENA cities..
City of 6th of October, as well as the Administrative Capital are reflections of planning, control and management pitfalls rather than achievements.. “Politicians” are pardoned with their accelerated search of urban solution; but “Professionals” who participate in the crime are deemed responsible for a future ethical prosecution..