Contemporary Architecture in the Arab States: Renaissance of a Region

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In 1960 the Middle East was catapulted into energy leadership, resulting in unlimited resources and an added scope to their architecture. This text documents Middle Eastern architecture in this period, along with the challenges of extreme climate, and merging the modern with Islamic tradition.

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The first comprehensive reference on the modern architecture of the Middle East. In the 1960s, the Middle East discovered oil, and the economic and cultural impact of that discovery has caused a building boom unparalleled elsewhere in the world at any time in history. The vitality of the region is evidenced by an architectural style that, unlimited by monetary constraints, is opulent, and yet somehow manages to handle the extremes of climate and tradition successfully. This juxtaposition has remained largely undocumented, and no architectural study of the entire area has been attempted until now. McGraw-Hill's World Architecture series offers this groundbreaking resource, Udo Kultermann's Contemporary Architecture in the Arab States .Coupling case studies with over 100 never-before-seen illustrations, this volume chronicles modern architectural developments in the nations of Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen and Sudan. All types of buildings are discussed from government offices and public spaces, to houses of education and religion. The featured examples include designs for both commercial and private clients.
Beyond its value as a study of contemporary architecture, the book examines the implications of the region's new-found wealth, addresses the cultural and climatic parameters within which the buildings were designed, and explores the unlikely collaboration between large foreign architectural firms and their smaller, yet essential, Arab counterparts. Further, it discusses the cultural self-examination that must be undergone in redesigning ancient cities to coincide with modern needs.

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Dr. Udo Kultermann is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and currently resides in New York City. He has published widely in the fields of art and architecture and is the author of more than 25 books, including Architecture of the 20th Century (which has sold more than 300,000 copies in five editions), New Directions in African Architecture, and Contemporary Architecture in Eastern Europe. Dr. Kultermann is an acknowledged authority on third-world, non-Western architecture and received his Ph.D. from the University of Muenster, Germany.

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