Philip Jodidio was educated at Harvard University. He was the Editor in Chief of the leading French art monthly Connaissance des Arts from 1979 to 2002. He has written widely in magazines, and is the author of more than twenty-five books on contemporary architecture, including the Architecture Now series published by Taschen in six languages and distributed in seventy countries. His most recent book is a 500-page monograph on the Japanese architect Tadao Ando (Cologne 2004).
Jodido, Philip, ed. 2011. "Case Studies: Egypt" In The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme: Strategies for Urban Regeneration. Munich: Prestel, 72-109.
The notion of culture as an asset rather than as a drain on resources is still a new concept in many parts of the world. Culture is considered a luxury in an era of unmet social and economic needs. The sad result is that both tangible and intangible cultures are succumbing to decay or decline. The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme has shown how culture can be a catalyst for development in even the poorest and most remote areas of the globe. From Afghanistan to Zanzibar, from India to Mali, the Programme’s support to communities demonstrates how conservation of cultural heritage, coupled with urban regeneration efforts, can provide a springboard for social and economic development. This publication highlights, through case studies, drawings and images, the work of the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme over the past 20 years.