Back to earth: adobe building in Saudi Arabia

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Al-Turath, in association with the London Centre of Arab Studies, London, England, 1997 - Architecture - 216 pages
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Until 1986, the farmhouse al-'Udhaibat was a tumbledown, neglected mud-brick ruin, no different from many other such old buildings which have survived in Saudi Arabia. It was unmaintained and -- as all buildings of sun-dried mud will, if left -- was quietly sliding into oblivion. The restoration of this farmhouse developed into a complex project, with important implications for rural housing and the place of traditional materials in modern building. Al-'Udhaibat has become a source of inspiration for the new generation of Saudi architects. This lavishly illustrated book, aimed at architects, planners, and general readers alike, uses the history of al-'Udhaibat to examine the role of vernacular style in modern architecture; traditional techniques of adobe building; issues in adobe restoration and re-building; and the future of adobe in the modern world.

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About the author (1997)

William Facey - Author of Saudi Arabia by the First Photographers and The Story of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. He began his career as a classicist at Oxford and has emerged as a leading historian of the Arabian Peninsula. For many years he has worked as a consultant on museum projects in the Arabian Peninsula, particularly in the archaeology, history and people of the individual nations. He has also been involved in planning museums and exhibitions in England, Europe, Central America and the Far East.