Adaptive Reuse Management For Vintage Arcade Markets - Bab El-Louk Market

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Ahmed Farouk Mohamed
Mohamed Reda Abdallah


Egypt has witnessed a great development in its architectural products, especially from the beginning of the 19th century until the first half of the 20th century. One of these products is arcade markets, which have been neglected severely in recent years, so this paper focused on these markets and how they can be reused. This paper studies how to preserve, reuse and develop these markets, determining the problems they face and how to solve them because of these markets have historical value and represent an important architectural and economic development in this important Egyptian era. It aimed to solve the problems and the reasons for the deterioration of these markets generally and Bab El-louk market especially using modern methods of preservation and the criteria used in the adaptive reuse of similar vintage markets in Europe, after making a comparative analysis. The study hypothesis was that although the development of cities and the emergence of more sophisticated and modern commercial activities but that didn’t affect the importance of the vintage arcade markets.

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Ahmed Farouk Mohamed

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt

Mohamed Reda Abdallah

Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt