Smart and sustainable urban development in Egypt: The case of Nabta Smart Town

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    Nabta Smart Town (NST), in New Borg el Arab, close to Alexandria, is an ambitious project under planning that includes residential and commercial facilities, in combination with high quality "Educational Magnets" capable of creating a dynamic community and generating all sorts of interesting activities. Therefore, the uniqueness of NST is building a fully integrated and inclusive neighbourhood - Educational Magnet, Residential, Commercial (shopping, leisure and entertainment), with Administrative Offices (including high-end security). The initial conceptualization of NST by the local promoters envisions a culture that protects, maintains and recycles within the community. The collaboration of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. (VTT) was sought to ensure that the Master Plan (MP) and the buildings of the University, as well as the Residential and Commercial facilities of NST comply with the standards of a modern EcoCity adapted to the Egyptian context. The first phase of the work focuses mainly on carrying an EcoCity Energy Efficiency Feasibility Assessment. Specific methodologies and tools developed by VTT have been used to ensure adaptation of the solutions proposed to the local conditions. This paper discusses the results obtained using the methodology developed by VTT, its applicability at different scales, as well as its replicability potential - not only in other locations in Egypt, but also worldwide.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number012002
    JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventSustainable Built Environment Conference, SBE 2019 - Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 22 May 201924 May 2019


    together with the local partner, the Khairy Foundation for Human and Social Development (KFHSD), VTT prepared a project proposal under the name of “Sustainability Assessment of Nabta Smart Town (NST) and Actions for Improvement: an Overview” that got funded by the 10YFP Trust Fund (One Planet Network SBC Programme).


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