Architectural identity demystified : visual voices from the Arab world

Salama, Ashraf M; Emmons, Paul and Lomholt, Jane and Hendrix, John S, eds. (2012) Architectural identity demystified : visual voices from the Arab world. In: The Cultural Role of Architecture. Routledge, London, pp. 175-185. ISBN 978-0-415-78341-5

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This chapter offers a positional interpretation and interrogates the irony of identity, tradition and modernity by critically outlining a number of visual voices that represent selected interventions developed within the Arab World. Through a reading of trends that emerged over the past few decades an effort is made to place such a reading in focus by outlining contextual geo-cultural politics and their inferences on the shaping of architectural identity. An approach for a deeper insight into contemporary Arab architecture within which inevitable trends co-exist is framed based on positivistic and anti-positivistic positions and their underlying ontological and epistemological perspectives.