The visionary Egyptian architect and pioneering advocate of revivalism.
His buildings adapt selected vernacular examples and recast them through
subjective and lyrical interpretations of traditions.
Wissa Wassef: Another
visionary architect with a socio-religious mission that found its
expression in the new arts and crafts center that he establsihed and
built in stages in the village of Harraniya outisde Cairo on the Saqqara
Harraniya Community Center (1957-74):
The last four decades
witnessed the resurgence of a historicist movement in architecture
in the Islamic world that was influenced by contemporary architectural
thinking in the West and fervent searches for cultural identities
in the recently formed nation-states. The manifestations of this movement
range from the romantic approach to historical precedents, to the
free, and often arbitrary, usage of forms detached from their historical
and geographic contexts, to the rational, abstracted, and at times
minimalist, projects of architects trained in the modern tradition
who applied logical and deductive methods to their dealing with history,
to the scientific historicism whose proponents classify, analyze,
and re-interpret historical examples to justify their uses.