The Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med) documents and researches the tangible and intangible heritage of Alexandria and the Mediterranean, whilst aiming to promote dialogue and exchange in the region. It seeks both to preserve the past and to promote the future development of the city of Alexandria, by conducting research on its heritage and holding conferences and exhibitions.
Alex Med organized the work of the committees established by the governor to identify historical buildings, and created the digital maps and databases of the buildings, streets, districts and art works, in the form of Geographic Information System (GIS). On 31 January 2008, the resulting Alexandria Heritage Catalogue was approved according to declaration 278 of 2008.
Many of the Center’s projects and activities focus on nurturing urban development. As part of this objective, the Center supports the Governorate of Alexandria in researching and providing detailed reports on key areas of Alexandria’s environment, such as housing, industry, tourism, land division and distribution, environmental issues, agriculture and parking, to name but a few.
Alex Med has an active publishing program covering a wide range of topics, and reaching out to a diverse readership ranging from researchers and specialists on the one hand, to the general public and tourists on the other. The Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center Monographs focus on subjects related to Alexandria, its history, society and culture. The monographs also include memoirs and autobiographies of personalities linked to the city. Books have also been published on the history of the cinema in Alexandria, its oral history and its gastronomy.
The Center’s quarterly magazine, the Alex Med Newsletter, brings news of the Center’s activities, as well as articles on a variety of topics concerning Alexandria and the Mediterranean region. Its appealing design and format brings different aspects of the city and its people, both past and present, to readers at home and abroad.
More information is available on: www.bibalex.org/alexmed