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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