Contents of the ‘Yemen’ category in chronological order.

Closing Remarks, Eighth Seminar, ‘Development and Urban Metamorphosis’, The Aga Khan Award For Architecture (Sana’a, Yemen)

Generally speaking, there is a very deep communication gap between decision makers and populations, rural or urban. The reports from the workshops were also unanimous in stating that unless the people were genuinely and continuously involved in the restoration of these beautiful parts of Yemeni cities, there would be very little chance of restoration being successful. In my mind this is now an established fact.

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Opening Remarks, Eighth Seminar, ‘Development and Urban Metamorphosis’, The Aga Khan Award For Architecture (Sana’a, Yemen)

Above all we need to learn from experience, discovering how both ancient and modern forms have evolved so that we can succeed in our task of creating an environment for the Islamic world which is both appropriate to its traditions and relevant to its future. The architectural environment of man is both a master and a servant. Because it is financially and economically an all but irreversible investment, it can become a tyrant dictating a way of life which is abhorrent or, at best, inflexible. But, if fully thought out, it can become a perfectly adaptive setting in which man can grow according to the guidance of Allah to the fullest maturity of which his spirit is capable.

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