This chapter offers a positional interpretation and interrogates the irony of identity, tradition and modernity by critically outlining a number of visual voices that represent selected interventions developed within the Arab World. Through a reading of trends that emerged over the past few decades an effort is made to place such a reading in focus by outlining contextual geo-cultural politics and their inferences on the shaping of architectural identity. An approach for a deeper insight into contemporary Arab architecture within which inevitable trends co-exist is framed based on positivistic and anti-positivistic positions and their underlying ontological and epistemological perspectives.
|Title of host publication||The Cultural Role of Architecture|
|Subtitle of host publication||Contemporary and Historical Perspectives|
|Editors||Paul Emmons, Jane Lomholt, John S Hendrix|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Jan 2012|
- architectural identity
- Arabian Peninsula
Salama, A. M. (2012). Architectural identity demystified: visual voices from the Arab world. In P. Emmons, J. Lomholt, & J. S. Hendrix (Eds.), The Cultural Role of Architecture: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives (pp. 175-185). London.