After Amnesia: Learning from the Islamic Mediterranean Urban Fabric
The book is constituted in four chapters, each of which addresses a specific aspect of the the physical realities of the Islamic city. The first chapter introduces issues that pertain to the dialectic relationship between buildings, cities, and civilizations and highlights the typological processes involved. The second chapter involves a typological analysis of the Islamic houses which formed the structure of many cities including Fez, Mostar, Aleppo, and Algiers--among others. Chapter 3 addresses the physical aspects of the building tissue in the Islamic city and the dialectic relations between the building tissue and the larger contextual fabric. In chapter 4, the city is analytically described as an urban organism; it also involves methods of interpretation while at the same time concluding with the fact that Islamic cities have unique character, especially in terms of its spontaneity and intentionality.
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THE FOURTH TYPOLOCY 15 Building and Civilization
Structure and Type
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aggregation Aleppo Algeria Algiers ancient Arab Arab city architecture axis Bari bayt block building tissue building type built Byzantine cadastral Cairo Caniggia Casbah central century common complex concept construction courtyard house cul-de-sac cultural Damascus distribution domus elementary cell elements enclosure encroachment Essaouira example facade Fatimid floor function Fustat gates geometric grid hierarchical homogeneous insula intersection Islamic Islamic city iwan K. A. C. Creswell Kabyl Kairawan layout leading type linear located lots Maghreb Mamluk matrix route medieval medina Mediterranean Meknes mellah meters module monumental Morocco mosque Mostar Muratori neighbourhood nodal nodes organism original Ottoman parallel Paris pertinent strips Petruccioli phase planned routes plot qa'a quarter reconstruction relationship Roman Rome rooms scale serial settlement Sfax side social space special buildings spontaneous street structure synchronic variants territorial traditional Tunis Tunisia typological process Umayyad urban fabric variations walls