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Blooming Rock Book Club Meeting - Architecture for the Poor by Hassan Fathy

The next book we’ll be discussing is Hassan Fathy’s Architecture for the Poor by Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy. We’ll be meeting at Behind the Museum Cafe at 6:30pm on Tuesday April 21st.

It “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.”

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