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Urban form in the Arab world : past and present

Author: Stefano Bianca; Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. Institut für Orts-, Regional- und Landesplanung.
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Thames & Hudson, 2000.
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An architectural historian and practising urban designer aims to raise understanding of traditional buildings in the Arab-Islamic world, and reveals the problems faced by historic cities in the light of Western influence.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stefano Bianca; Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. Institut für Orts-, Regional- und Landesplanung.
ISBN: 0500282056 9780500282052
OCLC Number: 44693569
Notes: "Issued under the auspices of the ORL Institute, as a volume of our research series."--Page 6.
Description: 347 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I Historic Arab-Islamic City --
2. Basic Principles of Islam and their Social, Spatial and Artistic Implications 23 --
3. Environmental, Cultural and Historic Shaping Factors of Islamic Architecture 49 --
4. Components of Urban Form I: The Residential Unit 73 --
5. Components of Urban Form II: The Mosque and Related Welfare Buildings 101 --
6. Components of Urban Form III: Trade and Production Structures 123 --
7. Deep Structure of the Traditional Urban Fabric 137 --
Part II Clash between Tradition and Modernity --
8. Impact of Western Models on the Contemporary Development Patterns of Historic Muslim Cities 161 --
9. Structural Conflicts between Traditional Islamic Concepts and Modern Western Planning Methods 185 --
Part III Case Studies: Interventions in the Historic Fabric --
10. Case Study I: The Holy Cities of Islam--The Impact of Mass Transportation and Rapid Urban Change 219 --
11. Case Study II: Baghdad--an Arab Metropolis between Conservation and Redevelopment 249 --
12. Case Study III: Fez--Protecting the Integrity of the Historic Fabric 271 --
13. Case Study IV: Aleppo--Urban Repair of a Destroyed Historic District 303 --
14. Conclusion--Towards the Rehabilitation of Historic Muslim Cities 325.
Responsibility: Stefano Bianca.

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An architectural historian and practising urban designer aims to raise understanding of traditional buildings in the Arab-Islamic world, and reveals the problems faced by historic cities in the light of Western influence.

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