Green Areas are
essential to Urban and Environmental quality of large cities,
specially Metropolitan cities like Cairo which is extremely dense,
Faces a severe shortage in Green spaces, both in quantity and
distribution, the green area barely reaches 1.5 m2 per person, which
is much less than green areas in cities allover the world. Which
cases a big problem.
This paper is trying to define the problem, both quantitatively
quantity and qualitatively, to lay a scientific base for solution,
defining the problem starts by defining the goal, min. planning
Criteria for green areas ranges between 10 and 18 m2 per person, the
Local criterion for new towns is 11-13 m2 per person. The existing
situation totally contrasts with this, overall is about 1.5m2 per
person, it is not distributed evenly, some areas does not reach 0.1
m2 per person, they may be considered Urban Deserts due to lack of
vegetation, while others relatively have more green of7m2 per
person. Comparing Cairo satellite images to world cities visualizes
the problem, Cairo is a gray desert compared to green cities of the
world, statistics quantify the differences.
Cairo is much denser than similar size cities around the world,
every person has only 33m2 of city space for all land uses, hence it
is hard to achieve the required green areas, achieving between 5-7
meters of greens in Cairo would be an appropriate goal.
Green areas, Open spaces shortage, Planning Criteria, Cairo, Urban