Urban Planning in a Mediatized World , case of Egypt

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In this digital and information age, there is a rising assumption that planning will change dramatically. At the same time, there is a wittnenessed increase of the potential role of media in urban research and practice, and there are many demands for democratic and communicative planning practices. In Egypt, urban planning is still centralized, large scale, top-down and known by its entrepreneurial nature despite the trials to implement strategic planning for more than 25 years aiming for decentralized planning participatory processes. This led to dispatched planning processes inducing gated communities and mega-projects that are highly proclaimed and praised by all kinds of media platforms and channels reaching its pick in this information and technology revolution era: the 21st Century. Media refers to the medium or tools of communication that are used to deliver a certain message (that are vocal, visual or textual). As a place making field, urban planning needs to respond to the changes in media and the corresponding chances and challenges among not only urban planners but also authorities, investors and community members. Two main research questions are addressed: How media ‘structures’ the way planning is communicated, and How the way planning is communicated via media is reflected in planning decisions. This is investigated through a qualitative research involving interviews with urban planning students . In addition to visual analysis of samples of urban projects that involved both manual and digital tools in its development.
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