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Our thematic selections : Earth structures

In the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East and the Maghreb, the inhabitants of mountainous, arid and desert regions have created original habitats that are uniquely adapted to their environment.

The aesthetic and technical characteristics of these traditional constructions, which make remarkable use of clay or rammed earth, have fascinated architectural photographers and theoreticians.

We offer a selection of documents illustrating the originality of this vernacular architecture.

Other Altair selections may overlap with or add further information about this theme of traditional architecture. These include citadels: https://altair.imarabe.org/selection_resultat.php?id=44&destination=SELE

And oases:

https://altair.imarabe.org/selection_resultat.php?id=18&destination=SELE

This selection is just a taste of the AWI’s rich heritage. You can find out more about these subjects by exploring this portal or by visiting the Institute.

Le village d'Al Hajjara.
  • BELMENOUAR Hamid
  • YEMEN , Al Hajjara
  • 1999
  • Photography
Un homme en costume traditionnel ouvrant la porte d' une maison en pierre à Chinguetti.
  • FONTAINE Hugues
  • MAURITANIE , Chinguetti
  • 2003
  • Photography
Village d' habitations traditionnelles en pisé dans le Moyen Atlas.
  • RIFFET Daniel
  • MAROC , Moyen Atlas
  • 1999
  • Photography
Architecture de briques caractéristique de la médina dans le quartier d' Ouled el Hadef de Tozeur.
  • CATELOY Fabrice
  • TUNISIE , Tozeur
  • 2011
  • Photography
Au nord d' Alep, les quelques traditionnelles maisons-ruche en argile encore habitées.
  • MEUNIER Pascal
  • SYRIE , Région d' Alep
  • 2002
  • Photography
Détail de la façade d'une maison traditionnelle en briques et décorée de vitraux et de motifs géométriques.
  • DANOVA Nora
  • YEMEN , Sanaa
  • 1998
  • Photography
Un ruelle voûtée et bordée d' habitations traditionnelles en terre.
  • THEVENART Arthur
  • OMAN , Adam
  • 1996
  • Photography
Une bibliothèque à Chinguetti.
  • FONTAINE Hugues
  • MAURITANIE , Chinguetti
  • 2003
  • Photography
Une ruelle voûtée à Sinaw.
  • THEVENART Arthur
  • OMAN , Sinaw
  • 1996
  • Photography
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