Hassan Fathy and Continuity in Islamic Arts and Architecture

The Birth of a New Modern

Ahmad Hamid

Hassan Fathy, the Egyptian architect known for his recognition of the potential of vernacular forms as a vital force in contemporary architectural des

English edition
15 December 2010
224 pp.
100 b/w photographs and drawings
19X24cm
ISBN 9789774163418
For sale worldwide

$39.95

Hassan Fathy, the Egyptian architect known for his recognition of the potential of vernacular forms as a vital force in contemporary architectural design, sought to integrate the traditions of Islamic art with his modern visions for living. Guided by Fathy’s principles, Ahmad Hamid, an architect who collaborated with Hassan Fathy in the Institute for Appropriate Technology, identifies questions about the nature of Islamic art and its building culture, as well as the origins of modern architecture. This richly illustrated book provides new insights into Hassan Fathy’s profuse, pathbreaking design documents and built projects, while exploring the socioeconomic, environmental, psychological, and esthetic components of Fathy’s work in the light of a quest for a new universal modernity for the twenty-first century.

Ahmad Hamid

Ahmad Hamid is an Egyptian architect who collaborated with Hassan Fathy in the Institute for Appropriate Technology. He was awarded a Fulbright Design study grant at Pratt Institute in 2005, and the Frank G. Wisner Award in 2007. He is the recipient of a World Architecture Award.
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