Growth Single 2020 / Tony McAteer

Tony McAteer

Growth Singles: City+ (Marassi, Egypt)

Marassi, on Egypt’s North Coast, is a vast pre-designed urban complex. 120km east of Alexandria and built over decades, it is a resource-hungry, grinding inversion of desert and harsh coastline into an almost fantasy-like location. Luscious gardens, golf courses, crisp modernist apartments and lagoons are being built from scratch in the desert. The photograph is from my City+ series, which explores striking developments in regions at the forefront of urban growth: the regions where global capital has most recently taken hold and its reverberations are most dramatic and visible.