Galal Abada is an Egyptian architect and urbanist, and an assistant professor at Ain Shams University in Cairo, where he also is director of the Historic Cairo Studies and Development Centre. Dr. Abada was trained at Ain Shams University, the School of Architecture Paris-Belleville (France), and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium; he received a PhD in architecture and urban design from Stuttgart University in Germany. His projects and winning competition entries are located in Belgium, Germany, and throughout the Middle East, notably in Egypt where his ongoing projects currently include a number of urban rehabilitation, adaptive re-use and design schemes, and Children's Cultural Clubs in Historic Cairo, the headquarters of the NOEU in Cairo Citadel, the Qena Museum, as well as the site planning and visitors centre of Dendara temple and the proposed improvement project of the Luxor Temples site. Dr. Abada was a member of the editorial board of and a frequent contributor to the Egyptian architecture and design magazine Medina. Most recently, Dr. Abada was invited to evaluate the submissions to the international competition for the Great Egyptian Museum.
El Khorazaty, M. Tamer, Galal Abada and Rowaida Rashed. 2004. Flexible Design Guidelines. A Demonstration Case Study: Port Ghalib, Marsa Alam. Unpublished Paper.
The paper starts out by introducing Port Ghalib, Marsa Alam and highlighting the Primary Guidelines document that has been prepared for the area on the city/ settlement planning level. It goes on to explain the items on which the document has been based, elucidating flexible spots. Following the above-indicated introduction, the paper illustrates a more specific Design Guidelines document for one of the districts within Port Ghalib, namely: the Canals Village. This is done with the aim of showing the difference in details between the Primary Design Guidelines prepared on the city/ settlement planning level and the Design Guidelines prepared on the urban design level. It is the intention to prove that flexibility evolves from the strong association between Guidelines and the different levels of planning. The more this association is consistent the more flexible guidelines are. Guidelines on the regional scale are general, providing a primary adaptable vision although they are comprehensive and deal with somewhat detailed issues. Moving from this scale till the plot scale, guidelines are more specific and exclusive.
Note: Taken from the Introduction to the Report.
Dr. M. Tamer El Khorazaty is associate professor at the Department of Urban Planning, Faculty of Engineering of Ain Shams University. Rowaida Rashed is an assistant lecturer at the same department. Galal Abada is an assistant professor at the Department of Architecture of Ain Shams University.