Fathy, Hassan. Some Notes On The Role Of Beauty In Housing Design And Construction. 1971. Hassan Fathy Archives. Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Geneva, Switzerland.
This document is in response to an article printed in the newspaper Al-Ahram on June 6, 1971 titled "al-Haram." The article expressed regret for what it deemed a waste of millions of pounds which were used in urban development. In his notes, Fathy argues the role of the architect in urban design and planning. Furthermore, he comments on the relation of architectural design and planning to human dignity and cultural principles. He discusses the role and use of beautification and ornament in buildings and their relation to civil society and its prosperity.