"The city of Cairo at the end of the 19th century has strong similarities to the political climate present today. In this respect "colonization" has been replaced by "globalization" - other terms used signifying a similar meaning are "Postcolonialism" (Jacobs, 2001) and "Hybridity" (AlSayyad, 2001). Similar to advances in information technology and global communications occurring today, technological and artistic developments at the beginning of this century revolutionized peoples sense of space and movement which was reflected in a "new architecture" and "urbanism." This paper argues that rather than resorting to globalization's opposite, fundamentalism, i.e. a return to some imagined and romanticized past, one can uncover, through a historical discourse in which political and social underpinnings of urban design are dismantled, the positive qualities of "globalization" which is molded by city residents needs and desires. In such a discourse globalization becomes an expression of the political climate in each country, modified by local conditions, and should be understood in that context."