Modernity and tradition - 20th century architecture in North Africa and The Middle East
An introduction to the most important architectural works in the Arab world from the beginning of modernism till today - with examples of works by Arab and foreign architects. From French Le Corbusier to Egyptian Hassan Fathy to Danish Jørn Utzon: Throughout the 20th century internationally recognized architects have developed a wide range of architectual idioms for Arab societies in an effort to reconcile local culture, national history and international modernisation.
By William J.R. Curtis, historian, architecture critic, painter and photographer.
William J.R. Curtis studied at the Courtauld Institute, London and at Harvard University and has taught at many universities around the world including Harvard University and the Architectural Association.
Curtis has long been interested in architecture in so called ‘developing countries’ and has written on subjects as varied as mud dwellings in the north west Sahara, modern architecture in Moslem societies, modern and ancient architecture in India and south east Asia, modernism in Mexico and South America, and pre-Columbian ruins. He has contributed to critical debates in the third world as well as the first. Curtis often sits on architectural juries, and has organized and designed exhibitions on subjects as diverse as Australian Aboriginal spear-throwers and the sketchbooks of Le Corbusier.
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