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Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture

Art / Photobook

By: Sandra Piesik

192 pages, 245 colour & 50 b/w photos and illustrations

Thames & Hudson

Hardback | Jan 2012 | #195997 | ISBN-13: 9780500342800
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About this book

Traditional buildings made from the leaves of date palms have provided shelter from the extreme climate of the Arabian peninsula for generations. "Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture" celebrates this unique indigenous building and craft tradition and provides the foundation for a genuine understanding of the region, critical in the fast-developing global economy.

One of the few forms of vegetation in these hot, dry conditions, palm leaves have been used in ingenious ways to create habitable structures that have endured for decades. In many regions this is referred to as Arish. With slick contemporary Western architecture now being used to promote the international stature of countries in the Gulf regions, however, many of these localized techniques are being lost to urban striving.

Just as bamboo is central to many forms of Asian vernacular constructions, so is palm leaf in the United Arab Emirates and surrounding countries. This book, the product of a three-year research programme, provides a comprehensive overview of palm-leaf architecture, its history and traditions.

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Sandra Piesik is the founder of 3 ideas Limited, an architectural consultancy specializing in architecture, design and cultural research. She has worked extensively in the United Arab Emirates on projects that have aimed to reconnect historic UAE culture and its heritage to the contemporary environment, and has focused in particular on the use of palm-leaf construction methods. She is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and was recently invited to become a Nominator for the Aga Khan Award in Architecture projects.

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