Tomb Adapted as Home in Cairo’s City of the Dead

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On the plus side it’s sturdy, ready-made and relatively decorative.  But this extreme example of adaptive reuse, situated in Cairo’s impressive City of the Dead, was, as the name suggests, never intended for the living.  The reality, however, is that people have been living among the dead, in the tombs and mausoleums of the Cairo Necropolis for hundreds of years – some to be close to ancestors, others driven by poverty.

Nearby, a slum with a population of half a million people is also known as the City of the Dead, while another poor area called Manshiyat naser, better known as Garbage City, has little infrastructure and works to collect and recycle the city’s waste.

Keep reading – check out this recycled glass house in Copenhagen and Florida’s bizarre abandoned “dome home”.