[Msa-discuss] Fwd: Mohamed Elshahed's CAIRO SINCE 1900 is now published

Sue Ostfield sue.ostfield at aucegypt.edu
Fri Feb 21 17:06:14 EST 2020

Hello MSA!
Mohamed Elshahed's new book, CAIRO SINCE 1900: *An Architectural Guide* is
available. Is there a way to share this news with your listserve?
Please let me know.


*Cairo Since 1900: **An Architectural Guide*

 By Mohamed Elshahed

Foreword by Mercedes Volait

 *The first of its kind, a substantive guide to over 220 modern buildings
in Cairo – and the basis of an exhibition at New York’s Center for
Architecture entitled, “Cairo Modern,” on view March 26, 2020 to July 11,


he city of a thousand minarets is also the city of eclectic modern
constructions, turn-of-the-century revivalism and romanticism, concrete
expressionism, and modernist design. Yet while much has been published on
Cairo's ancient, medieval, and early-modern architectural heritage, the
city's modern architecture has to date not received the attention it
deserves. *Cairo since 1900: An Architectural Guide* is the first
comprehensive architectural guide to the constructions that have shaped and
continue to shape the Egyptian capital since the early twentieth century.
>From the sleek apartment tower for Inji Zada in Ghamra designed by Antoine
Selim Nahas in 1937, to the city's many examples of experimental church
architecture, and visible landmarks such as the Mugamma and Arab League
buildings, Cairo is home to a rich store of modernist building styles.
Arranged by geographical area, the guide includes entries for more than 220
buildings and sites of note, each entry consisting of concise, explanatory
text describing the building and its significance accompanied by
photographs, drawings, and maps.

“Architectural historian and publisher Mohamed Elshahed is safeguarding the
architectural history of Cairo – and the rest of Egypt.”

—Rima Alsammarae, *Architectural Digest* (Middle East)

"Everything from bridges to gardens, from iconic buildings to unknown
residential buildings with a story to be told."

—Shaimaa S. Ashour, *Maydan*

"*Cairo since 1900* is a timely addition to our appreciation of Cairo's
urban fabric. With meticulous research and beautiful photographs, Elshahed
offers us a unique survey of the city's modernist architectural gems."

—Khaled Fahmy, University of Cambridge

"Not only fills an immense gap in the architectural history of the region,
but also makes a much-needed intervention into the history of global
modernism. The urban fabric of this cosmopolitan and vibrant city is
described in rich detail, with information on the architects as well as the
patrons who gave shape to it. It will serve as an essential guide to
understanding, visiting, and studying modern Cairo.”

Kishwar Rizvi, Yale University

"Scholarly and user-friendly at the same time, this indispensable guide is
a veritable Rosetta stone for decoding the various languages in which the
quest for modernization and identity was expressed in concrete, steel,
brick, and stone."

—Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University

"The abundant architectural production which has dotted Cairo since the
early twentieth century with dozens of remarkable structures has never been
thoroughly documented. This guide is a revelation and will help, thanks to
its clarity and precision, both locals and visitors to discover the
astonishing buildings which have crystallized the modernization of Egypt's

—Jean-Louis Cohen, New York University Institute of Fine Arts

*Mohamed Elshahed* is a researcher, curator, and specialist on
architecture, design, and material culture in Egypt. He holds a PhD from
New York University and an MA from MIT. He is the curator of the Modern
Egypt Project at the British Museum, founder of *Cairobserver.com*, and was
recently featured on the *Apollo: International Art Magazine *podcast, “40
under 40.”

Architecture / History / Modern

Pub Date: March 2, 2020

ISBN 978-977-416-869-7

$39.95, Trade Paperback Flexi-bound

407 pages

330 Black-and-WhitePhotographs

7.5 in H | 5.5 in W

Distributed by Two Rivers / Ingram Academic

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*Sue Ostfield*
Marketing Manager, North America
AUC Press
sue.ostfield at aucegypt.edu
office: 952-922-8196
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