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Author Fathy, Hassan.

Title Architecture for the poor : an experiment in rural Egypt / Hassan Fathy.

Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1973]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  309.26809623 FAT    DUE 05-11-19
Edition [2nd ed.]
Physical description xvi, 233 pages, 111 unnumbered page of plates : illustrations, plans ; 24 cm
Notes Published under title: Gourna, a tale of two villages: Cairo: Ministry of Culture, 1969.
Summary 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.
Subject Community development -- Egypt -- al-Qurna.
Earth houses -- Egypt.
Other title Gourna, a tale of two villages.
ISBN 0226239152
0226239160 (paperback)