Hassan Fat’hy arguing for the nobility and wisdom

vernacular architecture in the face of imported models that are alien to Islamic society

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In the Islamic and Arabic world, we find great architects such as: Hassan Fat’hy is arguing for the nobility and wisdom of vernacular architecture in the face of imported models that are alien to Islamic society. Moreover, there is Rifat Chadirji whose entire life has been dedicated to the search for a suitable contemporary architectural expression that is inspired by the authentic heritage of his region. These, and many more such as: Basil Al-Bayyati, and Abdel Wahed El Wakil are the gladiators in the arena of competing concepts of architecture in the Muslim world. They have contributed significantly to the evolving patterns of the built environment, to the intellectual debate prevailing in the Muslim world, and to the architectural profession’s image of its role as articular and promulgator of societal values.

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