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eBook Architecture for People: The Complete Works of Hassan Fathy ePub

by James Steele

eBook Architecture for People: The Complete Works of Hassan Fathy ePub
Author: James Steele
Language: English
ISBN: 0823002268
ISBN13: 978-0823002269
Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1st edition (November 1, 1997)
Pages: 208
Category: Architecture
Subcategory: Photo
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 197
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ePub file: 1669 kb
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The ideas he formulated before his death in 1989 have become key elements in the global architectural agenda, with his influence being particularly profound in the developing world. Fathy's buildings are found all over the world, from Egypt to India to New Mexico.

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Fathy sought to empathize with their lifeworld and to find architectural means whereby the new village would sustain their traditional way of life yet at the same time make life better by drawing on sustainable technology.

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An outstanding presentation of the work of one of the 20th century's remarkable architects (though not known well enough). It covers in detail his most significant designs world wide. It is complete with high quality pictures (both in color and black & white), as well as plans and drawings by the hand of Hassan Fathy himself. The author understands perfectly the approach, philosophy, and vision of Fathy, and transmits to the reader very knowledgeable information and impression on Fathy and his legacy.
I am able to know of Hassan Fathy's incredible talent and heart only through beautiful books like this one. Thank you.
This is an excellent overview of Fathy's lifetime of architectural work. I like the combination of informative text, photography, and illustrations. Fathy's gouaches are noteworthy, too. I recommend this book for anyone interested in adobe, "architecture for the poor" and natural building in dry climates.
Interesting book. Thank you.
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This is a Thames and Hudson coffee table book: readable text, good photography, lucid groundplans, and the binding is strong. Hassan Fathy's most available major text is Architecture for the Poor (Univ. of Chicago Press). Here is an excerpt from a brief article in Al-Ahram Weekly (19-25 Dec 2002, Issue 617) written to coincide with a recent Fathy retrospective in Cairo:
"As American architect James Steele writes in his book An Architect for the People (1997), the standard work on Fathy, by "defining tradition as 'the social analogy of personal habit', Fathy intimated that it is the responsibility of each architect to develop a heightened awareness of such habits, and to incorporate them sympathetically into each design... [Fathy's] determined attempt to reawaken a sense of cultural pride among his countrymen, and to make them more aware of their rich architectural heritage," has led "many young people [to become] more informed about Islamic architecture in the mediaeval part of Cairo."
"This new awareness is no longer confined to Egypt alone, as Fathy's name has now become associated with the re-establishment of architectural tradition throughout the developing world," Steele writes. In addition, Fathy's early emphases on appropriate technologies, on local materials and construction techniques and on social co-operation chime with contemporary, environmentally conscious architecture, in which architects have tried to work with the environment instead of changing it, exploring the renewed use of traditional materials and techniques and having a more modest understanding of their social and cultural roles.
For Steele, "rather than believing that people could be behaviourally conditioned by architectural space, Fathy felt that human beings, nature and architecture should coexist in harmonious balance. For him, architecture was a communal art that should reflect the personal habits and traditions of a community rather than reforming or eradicating them. While he was certainly not opposed to innovation, he felt that technology should be subservient to social values, and appropriate to popular needs, ... [prefiguring] the current ethos of sustainability."
A beautiful development from vernacular desert architecture, Hassan Fathy is an architect that developed the concepts and solutions of desert architecture to a new era using traditional materials coolers and shapes a natural advance from old Egyptian knowledge to modern and simple solutions for the villagers on the Nile, seeing his work is inspiring to reach far with the most simple and traditional forms
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