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Uncovering the Morphology of Kōm ad-Dikka in Alexandria

by Mirhan Damir 1,2
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Department of Heritage Conservation and Building History, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Geschwister-Scholl Str. 8a, 99423 Weimar, Germany
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Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, Abd El-Salam Aref Str. 108, Alexandria 21526, Egypt
Heritage 2018, 1(2), 273-288; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage1020018
Received: 1 September 2018 / Revised: 11 October 2018 / Accepted: 15 October 2018 / Published: 24 October 2018
The historical residential area of Kōm ad–Dikka in Alexandria has experienced morphological transformation from the ancient era until the present. Each historical period had a physical impact on the city’s urban structure that in turn struggled to survive the successive one with its different urban conception. However, the sinuous streets of this area, which probably date back to the late Egyptian Medieval period, are characterized as being the only surviving organic fabric intra–muros that was not altered during the Egyptian Modern period. In the absence of scientific publications regarding the history of Kōm ad–Dikka, this paper elaborately investigated its chronological history since the ancient era until the mid-twentieth century. Based on an in-depth investigation of historical maps and memoirs, this paper revealed the possible reasons behind the area’s extant sinuous urban form and postulated reconstructions of its urban morphology through sequential phases. View Full-Text
Keywords: Alexandria; Kōm ad–Dikka; urban morphology Alexandria; Kōm ad–Dikka; urban morphology
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Damir, M. Uncovering the Morphology of Kōm ad-Dikka in Alexandria. Heritage 2018, 1, 273-288.

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