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Author Hawker, Ronald William, 1963-

Title Building on desert tides : traditional architecture of the Arabian Gulf / R. Hawker.

Published Southampton, U.K. ; Boston, Mass. : WIT Press, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  720.953 HAWK    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 235 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 31 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "This book chronicles the florescence of architecture in the Arabian Gulf after the expulsion of the Portuguese in the early 1600s. It demonstrates how the power vacuum created by the collapse of Portuguese control over the trade routes in the Indian Ocean encouraged a growth in fortified architecture, especially in Oman, that radiated out to the surrounding region. It also shows how that architecture was slowly replaced by new patterns in domestic and public architecture and town planning throughout the Gulf as trade lines were secured and individual states moved towards new forms of governance. The book documents the building and crafts of this era and analyses them within the framework of the political, economic, and social information available through primary sources from the period in a way that is both intelligent and accessible. It considers the settlements as part of a larger-connected network of cities, towns and villages and focuses both on how the buildings provided innovative solutions to the demanding climate and yet incorporated new decorative and functional ideas."--PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE.
Subject Architecture -- Persian Gulf States.
Variant Title Traditional architecture of the Arabian Gulf.
ISBN 9781845641351 (hbk.)
1845641353 (hbk.)