Middle East

Landscape, City, Architecture

Edited by Josep Lluís Mateo and Krunoslav Ivanisin

Middle East

Edited by Josep Lluís Mateo and Krunoslav Ivanisin

Distributed for Park Books

256 pages | 120 color plates, 30 halftones, 40 line drawings | 7 x 9 | © 2013
Cloth $49.00 ISBN: 9783906027166 Published November 2013
Part of the Architectural Papers series, The Middle East explores the architecture of a nearly paradoxical region. Both the cradle of culture, where much remains of thousands of years of human society, the Middle East is also an area of great flux in contemporary history. This volume explores this dichotomy in three sections. The first, “Beyond the View,” investigates notions of the Middle Eastern architecture through a comparative study of different parts of the Arab world. “Case Studies” focuses on three exceptionally different cities—Beirut, Amman, and Doha—through an investigation of recent and future building projects. The final chapter, “Limits” looks at the architectural practices of countries that constitute the geographic, cultural, and political limits of the region: Israel, Turkey, and Iran.


Introduction / Josep Lluís Mateo


A View from Above / Krunoslav Ivanišin

Inside-Out/ an interview with Ulrich Bellwald

…and from Within: Conditions for Architectural Practice/

a collage of interviews with Khaled Adham, Yaşar Adanali, George Arbid, Rami Daher ,Wael Samhouri


On the Road / Krunoslav Ivanišin


Notes / Josep Lluís Mateo

Beirut Modern: An Itinerary / Bechara Malkoun

Walid Raad: A Personal History / Cecília Obiol

There is a Combat in Every Context: an interview with Bernard Khoury

Three Projects by Bernard Khoury


Notes / Rami Daher

Amman Crossroads / Mohammad Al Asad

Multiple Realities: Four Projects in Contemporary Amman / Ala’ Zreigat


Notes / Anna Grichting Solder

Narrating Doha’s Architecture / Ashraf Salama

Qatari Vernacular…Arabian Deco / Ibrahim Jaidah


Natural Conditions / Josep Lluís Mateo

Project: Hotel in the Khor al Adaid Desert, Qatar

Five Desert Scenes: Najwa Resort Project, Wadi Rum, Jordan 2011 / Sahel Al Hiyari

Found Book. Shlomo Aronson, Aridscapes / Anna Hotz Semadeni


Turkey: The Republic of Construction / Ömer Kanipak

Beyond the Nonexistent Problems and the Rejected Tradition/ an interview with Han Tümertekin

Four Projects by Han Tümertekin

Iran: The Other Side of the Gulf / Saba Ghasemizadeh, Hoda Muller Khanbani

Found Book. Georg Gerster, Paradise Lost, Persia from Above / Krunoslav Ivanišin

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