Envisioning Cairo: Garbage City Gets A Green Makeover

Envisioning Cairo: Garbage City Gets A Green Makeover

The Turkish firm Mekano Architects have designed a repurposed green living space in Cairo's "Garbage City."

Dory Carr-Harris, PSFK
  • 17 march 2011

Cairo’s “garbage city” is simultaneously an environmental disaster and cultural landmark. Home to about 60 – 70 thousand Coptic Christians who are referred to as the Zabbaleen meaning “garbage people” in Egyptian Arabic, the community supports itself by collecting garbage form neighbouring Cairo for a minimal fee. The garbage collection by the Zabbaleen is not only cheaper than the going rate for corporate firms, but the Zabbaleen recycle up to 80% of what they collect while the average company only recycles 20-25%.

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