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Architecture for the Poor

An Experiment in Rural Egypt

Architecture for the Poor by Hassan Fathy
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Architecture for the Poor 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.
University of Chicago Press; February 2010
369 pages; ISBN 9780226239149
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Title: Architecture for the Poor
Author: Hassan Fathy
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