A century of architecture in the Arabian Peninsula: evolving Isms and multiple architectural identities in a growing region

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Abstract

This article presents a positional interpretation and highlights the issues of identity, tradition, and modernity by critically outlining a number of voices that represent selected architectural interventions in the Arabian Peninsula. Through a reading of projects that emerged over a century from 1914 to 2014, an articulation is made to place such a reading into focus by classifying different trends under three economic eras: pre-oil, oil, and post-oil. The analysis manifests a continuous struggle to absorb modernity and construct identity and concludes with a number of questions regarding challenges facing architecture and future developments in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitecture from the Arab world (1914-2014)
Subtitle of host publicationA Selection
EditorsG George Arbid
Place of PublicationManama, Bahrain
Pages137-143
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • tradition
  • modernity
  • identity
  • contemporary architecture
  • Arabian Peninsula

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    Salama, A. M. (2014). A century of architecture in the Arabian Peninsula: evolving Isms and multiple architectural identities in a growing region. In G. George Arbid (Ed.), Architecture from the Arab world (1914-2014): A Selection (pp. 137-143).