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Hassan Fathy

Hassan Fathy

Earth & Utopia.

Laurence King Publishing

By Viola Bertini, By Salma Samar Damluji


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Hassan Fathy is Egypt's best-known 20th-century architect. He was also a man of contradictions. He came from a wealthy background and had a western-style training. Yet he embraced traditional, vernacular forms, techniques, and materials and throughout his career promoted their use as part of a campaign to improve the conditions of Egypt's rural poor.

Earth & Utopia chronicles this lifelong commitment through personal interviews conducted by the author, photographs, and drawings from the Hassan Fathy archives, and Fathy's own writings on the subject, many of which are published for the first time. This beautiful, fascinating, and scholarly book will be essential reading for students, academics, and general readers interested in Fathy, and the development of Arab and vernacular architecture, earth construction, architecture for the poor, and sustainability. 

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Pages: 352 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 2018
ISBN: 9781786272614
Salma Samar Damluji is an architect who worked with Fathy in the late 1970s and 1980s. She has published several books, including The Architecture of Yemen (2007) and Al Diwan Al Amiri, Doha (2011), and has curated a number of exhibitions in London.

Viola Bertini is an architect who gained her PhD on Fathy at IUAV Venice.