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The Architecture of Yemen: From Yafi to Hadramut Hardcover – 22 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (22 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185669514X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856695145
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 3.8 x 33.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,026,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hussam Sultan on 14 Jan. 2008
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This is an excellent book that should be celebrated by all enthusiasts of Yemeni architecture and building styles. The collection of photographs and free hand sketches together with the glossary of building terms both in Arabic and English, makes this book an encyclopaedia of Southern Yemeni buildings and architecture that is not available anywhere else, not even in Arabic. I wish someone - perhaps Dr Salma again - will take the task of producing something as good as this book about the architecture of the Northern parts of Yemen especially the city of Sana'a, the oldest capital city in the world. Even though there is a lot of commonality between the architecture of the different parts of Yemen, the style of Sana'a is unique.

The book is also is a great source for information on the life style, geography, history and tribes of certain parts of Yemen that have never been accessed before. Well done to Dr Salma for this grand work and for her epic effort in producing this book.
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What a Book Can Be 20 Nov. 2008
By curt dilger - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, from the distinguished Laurence King publishers, is more like a magical talisman than a book. It has the power to enchant a child, and convince them that authentic fantasy worlds still exist and thrive, far more spectacular than any disneyland. It will shock an adult unfamiliar with the architectural splendors of Yemen, or excite those who already thought they knew about this far off world. A student of architecture will have a jolt when he sees what is obviously a labor of love, with detailed plans and sections of traditional, but often contemporary buildings, drawings that could only have been produced from painstaking initiative by the author. There is a striking typological similarity between these Yemeni tower houses and the medieval Scottish tower houses, and still another similarity between these contemporary wall bearing buildings and those being done by avant-garde architects in Voralburg and Zurich, like DePlaze, Sumi/Burkhalter, and Baumschlager Eberle. This book has a blithe way of demonstrating that this extraordinary building craft is an authentic living tradition, of which their people are justly proud. Most important, this book is a revelatory window thrown open into another culture, one almost entirely cut off from the West, and certainly one of the most architecturally significant. Highly Recommended.
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By simpletruth - Published on Amazon.com
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This book could be great for an architect looking for site plans and lots of written details. But I'm a decorative artist and I was looking for something lush and well-illustrated. It's not that.
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