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Planning Middle Eastern Cities : An Urban Kaleidoscope - Yasser Elsheshtawy

Planning Middle Eastern Cities

An Urban Kaleidoscope

By: Yasser Elsheshtawy (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th July 2004
ISBN: 9780415304009
Number Of Pages: 224

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Middle Eastern cities cannot be lumped together as a single group. Rather they make up the urban kaleidoscope of the title, as the diversity of the six cities included here shows. They range from cities rich in tradition (Cairo, Tunis, and Baghdad), to neglected cities (Algiers and Sana'a), to newly emerging 'oil-rich' Gulf cities (Dubai).
The authors are all young Arab scholars and architects local to the cities they describe, providing an authentic voice with an understanding no outsider could achieve.
These contributors move away from an exclusively 'Islamic' reading of Arab cities - which they regard as outdated and counterproductive. Instead, they explore issues of identity and globalization in the context of the struggles and solutions offered by each city from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Their focus is on how the built environment has changed over time and under different influences.

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'This volume provides a nonspecialist audience with a thorough overview of issues and approaches to contemporary Middle Eastern urbanism.' - Sophia Shwayri, Traditional Dewlling and Settlements Review, Spring 2005

'Will inspire further critical investigation on the sites and cities of the Middle East that have until now been marginalized in the debates regarding globalization and urban change.' - Journal of Architectural Education

Prefacep. vii
Illustration Credits and Sourcesp. ix
The Contributorsp. xi
The Middle East City: Moving beyond the Narrative of Lossp. 1
The narrative of lossp. 3
Globalization, cultural hybridity and polarizationp. 6
The structure of the bookp. 9
Concluding thoughtsp. 18
The Merits of Cities' Locationsp. 22
Overview and Developments
The Spatial Development and Urban Transformation of Colonial and Postcolonial Algiersp. 29
Introductionp. 29
Colonial Algiersp. 30
Postcolonial Algiersp. 43
Conclusionp. 55
Globalization and the Search for Modern Local Architecture: Learning from Baghdadp. 59
Introductionp. 59
Globalization and the architecture of Baghdadp. 60
Baghdad past and presentp. 61
Baghdad emerging as the capital city of Iraqp. 62
The emergence of the modern architecture of Baghdadp. 63
The role of local architects, international architects and users in shaping Baghdad's contemporary architecturep. 71
The architecture of Baghdad under international sanctionsp. 78
Rebuilding Baghdad and the architecture of the cityp. 80
Conclusionp. 81
Sana'a: Transformation of the Old City and the Impacts of the Modern Erap. 85
Prologuep. 85
Backgroundp. 89
Historyp. 90
The vernacular architecture of Sana'ap. 95
Early transformations in Sana'a after the Revolutionp. 99
The vast growth of the cityp. 100
The impact of modernityp. 102
Comparative analysis of architectural transformationp. 105
Tower house designp. 109
Conclusion: the need for a novel approachp. 111
Case Studies: Redrawing Boundaries
Lake Tunis, or the Concept of the Third Centrep. 114
The medina: the first form of centralityp. 114
European city: the second form of centralityp. 117
Suburbia: the expression of different symbolismsp. 119
Lake Tunis: a third form of centralityp. 122
Conclusionp. 131
Cairo's Urban Deja Vu: Globalization and Urban Fantasiesp. 134
The colonial economy and agrarian capitalismp. 138
Heliopolis: a European vision of the Orientp. 144
The postcolonial economy and mixed capitalismp. 151
Dreamland: an Oriental vision of the Occidentp. 157
Parting thoughtsp. 163
Redrawing Boundaries: Dubai, an Emerging Global Cityp. 169
The globalization/hybridity discoursep. 170
The case of Dubaip. 172
The creation of a 'global' imagep. 180
Evoking symbols: the sail and the palmp. 185
Conclusion: redrawing boundariesp. 193
Indexp. 200
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ISBN: 9780415304009
ISBN-10: 0415304008
Series: Planning, History and Environment Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 15th July 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 19.05  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1