High-rise habitation: ‘Terrace society' on Cairo rooftops, January 29

29 Jan 2014

A swelling population and a lack of low-cost housing has pushed many occupants of the Egyptian capital Cairo to make their homes on the roofs of already overcrowded buildings. In fact, rooftop living has become the norm as 65 five per cent of the city is unplanned and there is limited space to construct new buildings. Not all residents relish living on the roof, however, as they complain of overcrowding and a lack of facilities. All photos by AFP