Sunday, January 04, 2009

A Stone Town conversation

Stone Town (once the capital of Oman and known as Zanzibar, whereas the island is properly known as Unguja) houses often have a ledge around them, creating the perfect place to rest in the shade, watch life go by, or chat with a friend. Its a fascinating example of Islamic intimate space produced by a series of design measures that enhance social interaction and involvement.


Giles,  1:32 pm  

I'm not sure the ledge round the building is uniquely 'Islamic' it may be driven by construction methods, flood mitigation and other reasons. This 'threshold' feature is present in other types of vernacular architecture.... even our prosaic african architecture!
Happy New Year!!!

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