The Principles of Gestalt Laws and Everyday Urbanism: A Visual Tactic of City Potentialities

By Abeer Elshater.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Since the 1950s, designers of metropolitan cities have become master participants in the field of architecture. Today, in Egyptian communities, the conditions of the built environment need to reflect a deeper understanding of the principles of urban design—the art of the city. Urban design is tangent to the new global movements toward quality of life and significant visual qualities. This paper offers an elaborated introduction to the research justification; visual chaos. It focuses on the trend of urban visualization appropriateness toward a good city form in the urban sprawl in Cairo, Egypt. It concentrates on the interactions between visual perception and everyday urbanism as a new approach in developing countries. It emphasizes the interactions between geometry and meaning in the art of the city as tool to analysis visual context in Cairo.

Keywords: Urban Design Paradigms, Gestalt School, Everyday Urbanism

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 5, Issue 3-4, February 2015, pp.1-19. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.242MB).

Dr. Abeer Elshater

Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt