The Valley of Mud-brick Architecture: Shibam Tarim and Wadi Hadramut

Salma Samar Damluji


Examining in detail the cities of Shibam and Tarim, Dr Damluji analyses the buildings and planning of the Hadramut region of Yemen. She argues that many new building practices are unsuited to the local environment, lack consideration of climatic needs and are technically inferior to long established construction methods. Moreover, they presuppose imported expertise and raw materials and therefore have implications for economic and cultural autonomy.

Salma Samar Damluji is an architect and specialist in Islamic and vernacular architecture of Arab countries. After studying at both the Architectural Association School of Architecture and the Royal College of Art, London, Dr Damluji also taught at the Royal College of Art as both a Research Fellow and then a Tutor, and later at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She has also curated exhibitions to accompany publications of her books. She lives in London and works as architect and consultant and lectures widely, in the UK and abroad. She is author of several articles in journals and academic publications.