Role of Public Space in Achieving Social Sustainability in Cairo


  • Mennat-Allah El-Husseiny Architecture Department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt



Social sustainability, Neoliberalism, Public spaces, Gated communities.


Public space has been always regarded as a reflection of the social status of the community. Based on this assumption, the challenge for achieving a ‘socially sustainable’ community in Cairo is in need to be re-questioned in relation to the role of public space. Accordingly, the paper explores the role of public-space in maintaining the social sustenance in the extreme ends of Cairo’s social structure, first: the gated communities taking ‘Beverly Hills’ as a prototype, and second the informal areas taking ‘Al-Zahraa’ district a prototype.

Keywords: Social sustainability;  Neoliberalism; Public spaces;  Gated communities.

eISSN 2398-4295 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. 




How to Cite

El-Husseiny, M.-A. (2018). Role of Public Space in Achieving Social Sustainability in Cairo. Asian Journal of Behavioural Studies, 3(9), 183–194.