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RMJM takes on massive new joint Egyptian city commission - images

RMJM has jointly landed the task of masterplanning a massive new city on the outskirts of Cairo.

In collaboration with local practice Space Consultants, RMJM's London office has drawn up ambitious plans for an entire new town in the desert east of the Egyptian capital.

The team was selected after an international competition, organised by developer Osman Ahmed Osman which owns the 100km 2site.

Expected to house a population of 800,000, the development will feature a 'metaphoric river' to mirror the way settlements have historically sprung up along the length of the Nile.

A spokesman described this 'landscape ribbon concept' as a way of linking the neighbourhoods 'with their own individual identities, creating an exciting and unpredictable journey through the city.'

RMJM director Kevin Lloyd added: 'The masterplanning of a new satellite city for Cairo presents us with a major opportunity to think afresh about the creation of a meaningful, vibrant and exciting new city which should not only reinforce the capital economically and demographically, but also be sustainable in its own right, with a strong sense of place, identity and belonging.'

Landscape architect Lovejoy will also assist the masterplanning team.

by Richard Waite

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