Hassan Fathy is Egypt’s best-known 20th-century architect. He embraced traditional, vernacular forms, techniques and materials and throughout his career promoted their use as part of a campaign to improve the conditions of Egypt’s rural poor.
Earth & Utopia chronicles this lifelong commitment through personal interviews conducted by the author, photographs and drawings from the Hassan Fathy archives, and Fathy’s own writings on the subject, many of which are published for the first time.
About the Author
Salma Samar Damluji is an architect who worked with Fathy. Her publications include The Architecture of Yemen (2007) and Al Diwan Al Amiri, Doha (2011), and has curated a number of exhibitions in London, Paris and Madrid. She was elected Member of the Academie d’Architecture (2017), received the Academie d’Architecture’s Restoration Award in 2015 and The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2012. She is Professor of the BinLadin Chair for Architecture in the Islamic World, at the American University in Beirut since 2013.
Viola Bertini is an architect who gained her PhD on Fathy at IUAV Venice.
About the Publisher
Established in London in 1991, Laurence King Publishing is now recognised as one of the world’s leading publishers of books and gifts on the creative arts. They work with some of the world’s best illustrators, designers, artists and photographers to create beautifully-produced books and gifts that are acclaimed for their inventiveness, beautiful designs and authoritative texts.