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Author: Hassan Fathy; Walter Shearer; ʻAbd al-Raḥmān Sulṭān
Publisher: Chicago : Published for the United Nations University by the University of Chicago Press, 1986.
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The field of vernacular architecture offers an abundance of concepts that can be of use today in solving the critical housing situation now facing millions in the Third World. The example chosen to illustrate this by the UNU Energy Subprogramme covers the vernacular architecture of the hot, arid zones of the Arab World and neighboring regions. It was felt that the person best suited to prepare a monograph on this  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hassan Fathy; Walter Shearer; ʻAbd al-Raḥmān Sulṭān
ISBN: 0226239179 9780226239170 0226239187 9780226239187
OCLC Number: 12809116
Description: xxiii, 172 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. Man, natural environment, and architecture. 1. Environment and architecture ---
2. Architectural thermodynamics and human comfort in hot climates ----
Part 2. Natural energy and vernacular architecture. 3. Architecture and comfort ---
4. The sun factor ---
5. The wind factor in air movement ---
6. The sun factor in air movement ---
7. The humidity factor.
Responsibility: Hassan Fathy ; edited by Walter Shearer and Abd-el-rahman Ahmed Sultan.

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The field of vernacular architecture offers an abundance of concepts that can be of use today in solving the critical housing situation now facing millions in the Third World. The example chosen to illustrate this by the UNU Energy Subprogramme covers the vernacular architecture of the hot, arid zones of the Arab World and neighboring regions. It was felt that the person best suited to prepare a monograph on this subject was Professor Hassan Fathy. Not only is Professor Fathy a master architect and an expert in the area of traditional architecture, especially in the Arab World, but he has been so for more than half a century. His work has also demonstrated the value that traditional architecture can have in improving the housing and living environments of the poor of the Third World. As a theoretician and practitioner of environmental planning design, Dr. Fathy's approach is based on a set of principles that are useful in opening the mind to the value of vernacular architecture and to adapting it to the situation in which a large fraction of the world's population find themselves today. Professor Fathy's approach is based on the concept that architectural form should be determined by spiritual, artistic, climatic, and social considerations as well as function, material, and structure. He emphasizes that due consideration must be given to a number of elements including harmony. -- from Foreword.

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