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Architecture for the Poor
Hassan Fathy
December 2000
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Architecture for the Poor describes Hassan Fathy's plan for building the village of New Gourna, near Luxor, Egypt, without the use of more modern and expensive materials such as steel and concrete. Using mud bricks, the native technique that Fathy learned in Nubia, and such traditional Egyptian architectural designs as enclosed courtyards and vaulted roofing, Fathy worked with the villagers to tailor his designs to their needs. He taught them how to work with the bricks, supervised the erection of the buildings, and encouraged the revival of such ancient crafts as claustra (lattice designs in the mudwork) to adorn the buildings.

Ecological Architecture: A Critical History
James Steele
October 2005
Book Description
The great untold story of the architectural history of the past century: the movement toward an ecological approach to building.In a world increasingly awake to environmental damage, the visionaries of the past who championed an environmentally sane architecture are vindicated. Yesterday's eccentricities are today's legal requirements, and every architect has an obligation to the environment as well as to his or her client.This groundbreaking book charts the rise of this new consciousness, assessing the situation now, and identifying future directions. After an introduction to the terminology of ecological architecture—comparing the use of "green" and "sustainable" as variants—the book is organized into three parts.• Part One identifies recurring themes in ecological architecture, including energy...

Simone Swan: Adobe Building
Dennis Dollens
April 2006
Book Description

"Dollens has written beautifully about one of the most passionate, committed, and innovative advocates for traditional earthen construction in our time."-Ed Crocker. Crocker Ltd., Architectural Conservation

"Swan's life and work perfectly capture the spirit and romance of the American West. Only at the risk of its own irrelevance will the architecture profession ignore the lessons in Dollens' book on Swan's practical yet elegant and modern adobe solutions to housing."-William Menking, editor of The Architect's Newspaper

Like an organism sitting and breathing on its site in the Chihuahuan desert, the Swan House is a building of organic beauty and hybrid cultural intelligence. Simone Swan has created an architectural and environmental project that re-examines and promotes traditional adobe building...

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