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THE ARCHITECTURE OF HOME IN CAIRO: SOCIO-SPATIAL PRACTICE OF THE HAWARI'S EVERYDAY LIFE. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. 358 pp. with 108 ills. 25 x 18 cm. LC 2014-30043 ISBN 9781409445371 In English.
Publisher's description: The hawari of Cairo -- narrow non-straight alleyways -- are the basic urban units that have formed the medieval city since its foundation back in 969 AD. Until early in the C20th, they made up the primary urban divisions of the city and were residential in nature. Contemporary hawari, by contrast, are increasingly dominated by commercial and industrial activity. This medieval urban maze of extremely short, broken, zigzag streets and dead ends are defensible territories, powerful institutions, and important social systems. While the hawari have been studied as an exemplar for urban structure of medieval Islamic urbanism, and as individual building typologies, this book is the first to examine in detail the socio-spatial practice of the architecture of home in the city. It investigates how people live, communicate and relate to each other within their houses or shared spaces of the alleys, and in doing so, to uncover several new socio-spatial dimensions and meanings in this architectural form. In an attempt to re-establish the link between architecture past and present, and to understand the changing social needs of communities, this book uncovers the notion of home as central to understand architecture in such a city with long history as Cairo.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Middle East and North Africa (Western Style) — Egypt — Several Periods — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 166403
Hardcover $134.95    

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