“The case of New Gourna by Hassan Fathy, Egypt”

Leïla El-Wakil

7 May 2022, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin


Leila El-Wakil, the authors of “The case of New Gourna by Hassan Fathy, Egypt”, published in Designing Modernity: Architecture in the Arab World 1945-1973, will participate in the symposium accompanying the launch of the book at the HKW on 6-7 May 2022. The event is both in presence and online.

Designing Modernity: Architecture in the Arab World 1945–1973 is the result of a fascinating investigation by international experts into the influences of modernist architecture in the Arab world. Ten case studies provide the foundation for a thorough exploration of the relevant cultural-historical, sociopolitical, climatic and demographic aspects. Questions concerning the region’s reciprocal relationship with modernist architecture in the period from 1945 to 1973 are investigated through the biographies of selected buildings and building complexes from Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco. Texts, contemporary images, architectural drawings and archival material are used to document the process from commissioning and design through to completion and building use.

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Detailed Program of the event is found here.

ٌProject information in Arabic is found here.

Registration on Zoom is found here.

The book can be purchased from Jovis-Verlag here.

The publication Designing Modernity: Architecture in the Arab World 1945-1973 is a project initiated by the Goethe-Institut Palestinian territories. The work is published by Jovis Verlag and Riwaq, Center for Architectural Conservation. The project was funded by the Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut for the period 2019-2022. The symposium is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.