CUT -- Cairo Urban Tours -- explore areas, initiatives and pioneer projects in different parts of the city, featuring itineraries through Cairo’s typical urban conditions: the deteriorating urban core, encroaching informal areas, and expanding desert cities. Unveiling the characteristics and features of these areas, as well as engaging active institutions and community-based organizations within, these tours highlight some of Cairo’s most pressing urban issues and the priorities of local communities. Within the context of the Egypt Urban Forum, these tours seek to enrich and ground the urban discourse and academic concepts in local practice and everyday experience. The CUT tours seek to provide a framework for discussion of current urban policies, and point towards more responsive programs and effective projects. Designed and organized by CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research), the CUT tours feature six distinct itineraries: Downtown, Islamic Cairo, Izbat Khayrallah, Ard al-Liwa, 6th of October City and New Cairo.
Cluster Mapping Initiative is part of CLUSTER’s mandate for critical engagement in the city and public space through urban research, programs and design interventions. This initiative aims at the documentation and analysis of tangible and intangible urban elements, and establishing a reliable archive available to researchers, designers and policy makers, and accessible to engaged citizens. It includes a series of interactive maps and archives, urban tours and thematic itineraries, as well as pilot interventions in public space. Cluster Mapping Initiative is an ongoing umbrella framework that seeks to expand its database through collaboration with complementary mapping projects and initiatives.