By Hassan Fathy
Structure for the terrible describes Hassan Fathy's plan for development the village of recent Gourna, close to Luxor, Egypt, with no using extra sleek and dear fabrics corresponding to metal and urban. utilizing dust bricks, the local procedure that Fathy realized in Nubia, and such conventional Egyptian architectural designs as enclosed courtyards and vaulted roofing, Fathy labored with the villagers to tailor his designs to their wishes. He taught them how one can paintings with the bricks, supervised the erection of the structures, and inspired the revival of such old crafts as claustra (lattice designs within the mudwork) to enhance the constructions.
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But at this moment another architect, who was sitting on the committee on behalf of the Ministry of Social Affairs, whispered to me: "Don't be a fool, put down more. " "I know exactly what I am doing. I have built before for this much, and I know it can be done," I said. With this money assured me from a private source, I could go ahead, and the committee could not very well procrastinate any further. Within forty days the house was complete. It was a very handsome building, with two large rooms, sleeping alcoves as before, built-in cupboards, generous storage space, a big loggia, an enclosed courtyard.
Taber Omari was delighted. One building, intended as a storehouse and roofed with a noble dome, so pleased him that he took it for a music room. But all the buildings were pleasing to the eye. Whether for donkeys or men or just for stores, they all had a satisfying curving rhythm that seemed to come without asking when we designed for vaults but which straight lines and flat roofs hardly ever produce. And this is the second great point about mud brick housing with vaulted roofs. Besides being cheap, it is also beautiful.
22,000. Still, even if this little house had a short life and even if it failed to achieve its principal purpose of impressing the Red Crescent, it did succeed in impressing other people. It led to a commission from the Chilean Nitrate Company for some rest houses in Safaga, on the Red Sea. This gave me an opportunity to expand my team of masons and to get to know their capabilities better. So well did we do there that Boghdadi Ahmed Ali, the chief mason, was even able to save up enough to go to the Hejaz and become a Hadji.
Architecture for the Poor: An Experiment in Rural Egypt (Phoenix Books) by Hassan Fathy