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Architecture for the Poor : Experiment in Rural Egypt - Hassan Fathy

Architecture for the Poor

Experiment in Rural Egypt

Paperback Published: 1st January 1973
ISBN: 9780226239163
Number Of Pages: 363

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Architecture for the Poor describes in detail Fathy's plan for building the village of New Gourna from mud bricks, employing such traditional Egyptian architectural designs as enclosed courtyards and domed and vaulted roofing. Fathy worked closely with the people to tailor his designs to their needs; he taught them how to work with the mud 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.
Although bureaucratic red tape and other problems prevented the completion of New Gourna, Fathy's ideas have recently begun to command widespread attention.

Foreword
Preface
Prelude: Dream And Reality Paradise Lost
The Countryside Mud Brick
Sole Hope for Rural Reconstruction Mud for Roofing, Bahtim
Trial and Error Nubia
Survival of an Ancient Technique of Vaulting The Nubian Masons at Work
First Successes Ezbet el Basry
Iblis in Ambush A Tomb Robbery Begets a Pilot Housing Project Birth of New Gourna: The Site
Chorale: Man, Society, And Technology
Architectural Character
The Process of Decision Making
Tradition's Role Saving Individuality in the Village
Traditional Village Crafts Restored
The Use of Mud Brick an Economic Necessity Reestablishment of the "Trinity"
Owner, Architect, and Craftsman Vernacular Architecture of Old Gourna
Change with Constancy Climate and Architecture Orientation of Houses
Determined Partly by Sun, Partly by Wind The Malkaf, or Wind Catch Society and Architecture
Kinship Structure and Local Custom Socioeconomic Considerations
Rural Crafts in Gourna
The Plan of New Gourna Public Service Buildings and Amenities
The Peasant House Combating Bilharzia Gourna, A Pilot Project
The Cooperative System In-Service Training Gourna Not an End in Itself A Stillborn Experiment, Mit-el-Nasara National Program for Rural Reconstruction
Fugue: Architect, Peasant, And Bureaucrat
First Season
1945-46 Second Season
1946-47 Third Season: 1947-48
Finale: Gourna Dormant
An Architect in Search of a Patron Slander Continues Gourna Revisited Gourna in Nabaroh
Cost Analysis of Labor and Rates of the Execution of Works Cost Analysis of Materials and Labor Used in Gourna Village Cost of Stone Sand Construction
In-Service Training
Organization of Work
Foundations
Brick Making Extract from Colonel Debes's Experiments Extract from Dr. Mustapha Yehya's Experiments
Cost Analysis at the Moment when the Project Was Handed Over to the Ministry of Social Affairs
Glossary Illustrations
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226239163
ISBN-10: 0226239160
Series: Phoenix Books
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 363
Published: 1st January 1973
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition