A descoberta casual... embora que terá de casual quando nos rodeamos de amigos com interesses similares aos nossos. Num livro indicado encontrei num outro canto do Mundo, numa outra cultura, numa outra relegião, os mesmos principios que pretendo absorver na minha prática: a poética dos volumes, da Luz, do espaço, do jogo entre os cheios e os vazios, a sua adequação eficiente à realidade a quem o projecto se destina, um carácter social e voluntarioso de projectar.
Hassan Fathy é esse homem, primeiro, e depois o arquitecto.
As imagens penso que falam por si.
"Fathy devoted himself to housing the poor in developing nations and deserves study by anyone involved in rural improvement. Fathy worked to create an indigenous environment at a minimal cost, and in so doing to improve the economy and the standard of living in rural areas. Fathy utilized ancient design methods and materials. He integrated a knowledge of the rural Egyptian economic situation with a wide knowledge of ancient architectural and town design techniques. He trained local inhabitants to make their own materials and build their own buildings. Climatic conditions, public health considerations, and ancient craft skills also affected his design decisions. Based on the structural massing of ancient buildings, Fathy incorporated dense brick walls and traditional courtyard forms to provide passive cooling."