Windtower

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Windtowers have, for many, come to serve as a symbol of the Persian Gulf's cultural heritage. These dramatic architectural features, popular in the courtyard houses of notable trading families up and down the Gulf long before the modern age, were not only strikingly beautiful, but were also highly functional, intuitively capturing scientific techniques that would harness the wind to provide natural air conditioning. This book, however, expands its scope to cover far more than the raw architecture of these ...

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Overview

Windtowers have, for many, come to serve as a symbol of the Persian Gulf's cultural heritage. These dramatic architectural features, popular in the courtyard houses of notable trading families up and down the Gulf long before the modern age, were not only strikingly beautiful, but were also highly functional, intuitively capturing scientific techniques that would harness the wind to provide natural air conditioning. This book, however, expands its scope to cover far more than the raw architecture of these windtower dwellings. Building on original research and a detailed architectural survey undertaken by the authors in Dubai between 1969 and 1974, Windtower includes their latest historical, social and technical research to provide a substantial book which offers a unique insight into the way of life the inhabitants, their culture and history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905299249
  • Publisher: Stacey International
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Anne Coles is a social geographer, who lived and worked in Dubai from 1968-71. She has spent many years in the Middle East, combining research with family responsibilities. Anne is presently a research associate at the International Gender Studies Centre in Department of International Development, Oxford University. Peter Jackson RIBA studied architecture at the Bartlett School, UCL, working first in London, with periods of employment in the early 1970s in Dubai, Muscat and Jordan. He worked in Zambia, before establishing a practice in 1980 in Zimbabwe. He has written numerous papers and articles on architectural historical research, and the book Historic Buildings of Harare. In 2002 he returned to work as an architect in Dubai.

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