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- DescriptionThrough his path-breaking design documents and built projects, Hassan Fathy, the Egyptian architect kwn for his recognition of the potential of vernacular forms, single-handedly sought to reintegrate the artistic traditions of Islam with contemporary design. Ahmad Hamid here identifies questions about the nature of Islamic art and its building culture, analyzing the rise of an assumed opposition between traditional and modern concepts. The subsequent reemergence of Islamic art and architecture as a vital force within the modern world followed the establishment of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture as a discussion platform dedicated to the built environment within present Muslim societies. In the light of this reawakening, and incorporating Fathy's seminal work, the author projects the socioecomic, environmental, psychological, and esthetic components onto a new critical theory of modernity for the 21st century, neither western r eastern exclusively.
- Author BiographyAhmad 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.
- Author(s)Ahmad Hamid
- PublisherThe American University in Cairo Press
- Date of Publication15/11/2010
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationCairo
- Country of PublicationEgypt
- ImprintThe American University in Cairo Press
- Content Note100 illustrations
- Weight1089 g
- Width190 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine23 mm
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