Tweet The curtain wall, one of architecture's most provocative metaphors, is surprisingly difficult to pin down with a precise definition. Because it can be examined from multiple perspectives — 1 in terms of functional relationships, 2 as an aesthetic object, or 3 as a mass-produced system available within the construction marketplace — some ambiguity is inevitable. In the first case, the curtain wall is defined in terms of its functional relationship to the building's structure.
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.
The Birth of a New Modern.
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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