Architecture for the Poor: An Experiment in Rural Egypt

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2010 - Social Science - 366 pages
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Architecture for the Poor 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.

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Good book for sustainable and renewable materials.
I strongly recommend this book especially for architects.


Sole Hope for Rural Reconstruction
Iblis in Ambush
Man Society and Technology
Architect Peasant and Bureaucrat
Gourna Dormant
Cost Analysis of Labor and Rates of the Execution
InService Training
Brick Making

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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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