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Egypt's architects mobilize against tsunami of high-rise buildings

As Egypt's new administrative capital gains momentum, architects caution that new is not necessarily better in urbanization.

The residential villas and the modern corporate buildings that line the main streets of New Cairo, a new suburb to the east of its namesake, often draw the lavish praise of politicians and admirations of the public.

A group of architects, however, are not among the admirers. They think that New Cairo — and similar suburbs and towns on the outskirts of Cairo — is made up of dull cement blocks and poor imitations of high-rise buildings and gated communities that are found in Gulf states.

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