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Frontiers of Architectural Research

Front. Archit. Res.    2019, Vol. 8 Issue (2) : 201-214     https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foar.2019.03.004
RESEARCH ARTICLE
From appropriation to formal intervention: An analytical framework for understanding the appropriation process in residual spaces of Cairo
Doha Eissa1(), Marwa Hassan Khalil2(), Aly Gabr1(), Ahmed Abdelghaffar1()
1. Architecture Department, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
2. Department of Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design, Arab Academy for Science and Technology & Maritime Transport, Cairo, Egypt
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Abstract

The paper addresses the issue of how residual spaces are intervened upon through formal and informal processes. It argues that a profound understanding for the dynamics of informal interventions, denotedby appropriation, could enhance the performance of their formal peers. Adopting a qualitative approach, the paper departs from Lefebvre’s unitary theory of space and arrives at an analytical framework that helps to understand the appropriation processes in residual spaces. It, then, attempts to empirically challenge the applicability of this framework through analyzing a Cairene residual space that has undergone two cycles of intervention: a formal and informal one.

Keywords Appropriation      Residualspaces      Socio-spatial approach      Urban regeneration      Unitary theoryof space     
Corresponding Authors: Doha Eissa,Marwa Hassan Khalil,Aly Gabr,Ahmed Abdelghaffar   
Issue Date: 12 August 2019
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Doha Eissa,Marwa Hassan Khalil,Aly Gabr, et al. From appropriation to formal intervention: An analytical framework for understanding the appropriation process in residual spaces of Cairo[J]. Front. Archit. Res., 2019, 8(2): 201-214.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/foar/EN/10.1016/j.foar.2019.03.004
http://journal.hep.com.cn/foar/EN/Y2019/V8/I2/201
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