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Shelter in Saudi Arabia (Academy Editions Architecture Series) Paperback – 31 Dec 1984

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (31 Dec. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312716931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312716936
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 24.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,242,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Hamann on 31 July 2010
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Though the book is only 130 pages (from the forward to the end of the text), it is an excellent blend of cultural and architectural information. The book is composed as such:

I. Introduction
II. Saudi Arabian Heritage: Historical Background
III. The Bedouin
IV: The Bedouin Tent
V. Natural Environment
VI. Climatic Zones in Saudi Arabia
VII. Hot-Dry Region
VIII. Hot-Humid Zone (Ineffective Precipitation)
IX. Composite Climate
X. Upland Climate
XII. Contemporary Living Environment
XIII. Changing Patterns of Housing in Saudi Arabia.

The pictures and sketches are black-and-white, and though they are plentiful, they are not gratuitous--there was an explanation of the picture or rendering or it was cited as an example. I was pleased to find some information on traditional cooling methods (such as the rowshans and mashrabiyas) as well as general construction practices of home building (generally not single-family).

I originally read this book at college, though it was so very interesting I bought it for my own later.
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