It focuses mainly on the actual impact of the works of Hassan Fathy and whether it really impacted the "man on the ground". It is difficult to fully comprehend why Hassan Fathy overshadows his contemporaries like Ali Labib Gabr, Antoine Selim Nahas, Mahmoud Riad, who had successful practices, built many buildings and engaged in current discourses. How can this selective celebration of a figure with little impact on his community and profession be explained? The Legend and the Myths Fathy had interesting ideas about architecture, there is no denying this fact.
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It focuses mainly on the actual impact of the works of Hassan Fathy and whether it really impacted the "man on the ground". It is difficult to fully comprehend why Hassan Fathy overshadows his contemporaries like Ali Labib Gabr, Antoine Selim Nahas, Mahmoud Riad, who had successful practices, built many buildings and engaged in current discourses.
How can this selective celebration of a figure with little impact on his community and profession be explained?
The Legend and the Myths Fathy had interesting ideas about architecture, there is no denying this fact. Architects around the world, including Egypt, engaged in practices that responded to common developments and problems such as the availability of new materials and technologies and the pressing issues of urban areas particularly the need for housing.
This is the 20th century and the world is to a large extent connected via new media and communications. This was instructed architecture as were the modernist designs he distanced himself from. Had this been truly vernacular, then the presence of an architect arriving from the urban capital hundreds of miles away should have been unnecessary. In fact, the extent of participation was clearly defined along that line of expert vs receiver of expertise and Fathy is even documented in photographs, including one shown at the exhibition last year where he is clearly instructing, standing over builders, rather than the image propagated about the architect as working with, as equal, learning from as well as teaching the builders.
In this book, Ahmad Hamid positions Hassan Fathy in relation to a long tradition of Islamic Architecture as well as in relation to the advent of twentieth century modernism.
In this sense his architecture is less about authenticity and more about romanticism, not unlike European architects and critics of the 19th century who reacted against new concepts of architecture by resorting to primitivism and revivalism. Not colonial in the sense of foreignness, but in the approaches and techniques of imposing on a local population the vision of an architect coming from the capital commissioned by a central state to build following state orders, rather than following the desires of the locals.
In other words, the residents of Gourna did not commission Fathy nor did they seek his services. Vernaculars Old and New Hassan Fathy was certainly an architect who belonged to a particular moment in the twentieth century along with his contemporaries in Egypt, India and elsewhere who reacted to concrete and increasingly standardized architecture of the twentieth century.
However, the pompous celebrations, flowery descriptions, selective admiration of Fathy in the last several decades since his international recognition in the s has had negative consequences. Somehow the celebration of Fathy came at the expense of recognizing other architects from twentieth century Egypt, particularly the modernists.
The refusal of architects to work with this reality to theorize and conceptualize new approaches that accommodate the needs of communities and the available not the most sustainable materials has delayed the potential for something interesting to be created here. While some continue to dust off the figure of Hassan Fathy on the pedestal, millions of square meters of concrete and red brick are rising around Egypt, from the center of the capital to the rural outskirts and small villages.
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Hassan Fathy and The Architecture for the Poor: The Controversy of Success
He invested all of the money he earned designing luxury villas for rich clients in buildings and villages for poor fellahs. Those were the clients he was truly committed to. Architects should be serving this client, but architects are not interested in these poor people. It is like the barefoot doctors in China; the poor also need 'barefoot' architects.
Architecture for the Poor : Experiment in Rural Egypt
Fathy believed architecture was for the people. He designed houses to meet the needs of the families living in them. Hassan Fathy's is a name that is instantly recognisable among Arab architects and conjures up idyllic images of hand-smoothed walls and domes covered in adobe, nestled in a verdant countryside while pigeons swoop overhead. This vision is a manifestation of all Fathy is known for; sustainable architecture created along lines that work with the surroundings, using local resources and catering to the needs of its inhabitants. Today Google is celebrating Hassan Fathy on its homepage for "pioneering new methods [in architecture], respecting tradition, and valuing all walks of life". Fathy studied architecture at King Fuad I University now Cairo University , graduating in at the height of the European Art Deco and modernist movements, which had their effect on his earliest work. By the late s Fathy's work was showing an awareness of local architectural details, as he studied how indigenous Egyptian architecture worked with its environment to maximise light and ventilation inside homes.