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The Architecture of Rasem Badran

Narratives on People and Place

James Steele

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A monograph on the award-winning Jordanian architect Rasem Badran (b.1945), and a celebration of his works


Rasem Badran's influence is rapidly spreading throughout the developing world. Covering the full spectrum from urban planning to individual residences, his work is human-scaled, responsive to its environment and meets the social and cultural requirements of the people who use it. He is often seen as the natural successor to the seminal Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy.

This volume provides a thorough overview of Badran's work, bringing together the architect’s own dramatic collection of drawings, plans and photographs, many seen here for the first time.

A comprehensive chronology of Badran’s work completes this fascinating survey of one of the most influential and revolutionary architects of our time.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 26.7 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 18 July 2005

ISBN: 9780500342060

Contents List

Introduction: Representing a Diverse Reality with a Single Identity 1. A Narrative on People, Place and Culture 2. A Creative Heritage and a Return to the East 3. Houses and Housing 4. The Fourth Dimension is the Spirit 5. Preserving a Living History 6. An Earthly Paradise 7. Rediscovering the Islamic City Chronology • Notes • Bibliography • Glossary • Index

About the Author

James Steele is Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Among his previous books are An Architecture for the People and The Complete Architecture of Balkrishna Doshi, both published by Thames & Hudson.