Fathy, Hassan. The Art Of Living In The Cultural Revolution. 23 Apr. 1978. Hassan Fathy Archives. Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Geneva, Switzerland.
Date: April 23, 1978
The conference paper discusses the primary role of architecture in the formation of culture. Fathy defines culture as 'the outcome of the interaction between the intelligence of man and his environment in satisfying both his spiritual and physical needs.' He states that this interaction is clearly manifested in the production of the plastic arts. However, he proposes an alternative theory to the dogmatic view of art historians on the division of the categories of the imitative and abstract arts. He goes on to explain the role of architecture in man's quest for spiritual and physical needs and how the third world has lacked to emerge in the development of this major component of culture. He then discusses the 'economically untouchables,' or those people from the world's population nearing one billion who face premature death due to poor housing conditions. The paper then calls for the role of architects to design for the preservation of culture.