Hassan Fathy: A Condenser of an Older Intelligence

Ahmad Hamid

in Hassan Fathy and Continuity in Islamic Arts and Architecture

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163418
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970146 | DOI:
Hassan Fathy: A Condenser of an Older Intelligence

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Hassan Fathy strove to understand the constructs that informed Islamic architecture at its origin. He was greatly inspired by the glorious edifices of the past. Out of this reverence for former civilizations, he integrated ancient Egyptian architecture into his own. Fathy regarded the Greek and Roman civilizations as extensions of the pharaonic body of knowledge, all of which were part of a syncretized Mediterranean culture. Fathy's conviction that the concepts and paradigms within Islamic architecture could be contemporaneous was original at the time. The gradual development of his theory and practice shows varying degrees of success and trial and error, but he finally activated a tradition that had been dormant. The basic components of Fathy's theory and practice are expressed in his regard for spatiality, artistry, constructability, and the new sciences.

Keywords: Hassan Fathy; origin; Islamic architecture; tradition; Fathy's theory

Chapter.  24482 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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