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Architecture for the Poor By Hassan Fathy

Architecture for the Poor by Hassan Fathy

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This volume describes Hassan Fathy's plan for building the village of New Gourna, near Luxor, Egypt, without the use of more modern and expensive materials such as steel and concrete.

Architecture for the Poor Summary

Architecture for the Poor: Experiment in Rural Egypt by Hassan Fathy

This volume describes Hassan Fathy's plan for building the village of New Gourna, near Luxor, Egypt, without the use of more modern and expensive materials such as steel and concrete. Using mud bricks, the native technique that Fathy learned in Nubia, and such traditional Egyptian architectural designs as enclosed courtyards and vaulted roofing, Fathy worked with the villagers to tailor his designs to their needs. He taught them how to work with the bricks, supervised the erection of the buildings, and encouraged the revival of such ancient crafts as claustra (lattice designs in the mudwork) to adorn the buildings.

About Hassan Fathy

Hassan Fathy, an Egyptian architect, has taught on the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo and served as head of its architectural section. He has received numerous awards including the 1970 French Literary Prize for this book, which originally appeared in a French edition.

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NGR9780226239163
9780226239163
0226239160
Architecture for the Poor: Experiment in Rural Egypt by Hassan Fathy
New
Paperback
The University of Chicago Press
1976-03-01
363
N/A
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