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El-Alamein New Design: Demand-driven Supply
  Pedro B. Ortiz El Alamein Egypt Metropolitan Metro Matrix Structural Strategic Planning
  The failure of Egyptian New Towns is due to supply being unrelated to demand. The product does not respond to the needs, preferences, and potential demand of the Egyptian population. Demand does not match supply and so finds its way through the informal sector where products that meet the population’s requirements are available. New Towns should learn from the informal sector rather than try to impose an ideal system. They have failed.

If we want to have success with the new urban developments, New Towns or otherwise, we must produce a supply that responds to the needs and requirements of demand—a demand-driven supply.
That requires a new approach both to design to shape the right plots for the available demand, as to management to facilitate access to the now excluded demand.