Salma Samar Damluji

Retelling History…

Series: New Canonical Histories
Date: Thursday 17 January 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 75mins mins

This talk on the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy will present the publication Earth and Utopia; the making, and philosophy.  Fathy’s work provided a school of thought, which introduced a new dimension and strategy to inform contemporary and Arab Architecture. His struggle concerned the social, economic and cultural condition within the communities, villages and cities of Egypt since the 1940s. Fathy was a revolutionary who rejected the professional norms and practice consolidated by capitalism’s building structures, façades and townscapes. He was working on an architecture that was original and rooted in the culture of the region, one that relied on natural resources: mud, stone and earth, the accompanying crafts and building techniques.  It was no coincidence that Salma Samar was introduced to Fathy’s work when she came across a black and white print of a mashrabiyyah screen being developed in the AA darkroom.

Salma Samar Damluji is an architect who graduated from the AA and the RCA in London. She worked with Fathy in 1975-6 and in the 1980s. 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 Académie d’Architecture (2017), received the Académie 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.

Image courtesy of Samar Salma Damluji

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