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AlSayyad, Nezar

Works: 89 works in 245 publications in 1 language and 8,176 library holdings
Genres: History  Cross-cultural studies  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Documentary television programs  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: NA1583, 720.96216
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Most widely held works by Nezar AlSayyad
Cairo : histories of a city by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Details the shifts in Cairo's built environment through stories of important figures who marked the cityscape with their personal ambitions and their political ideologies"--Jacket
Cinematic urbanism : a history of the modern from reel to real by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cinematic Urbanism presents an urban history of modernity and postmodernity through the lens of cinema while arguing that urbanism cannot be understood outside the space of the celluloid city. Nezar AlSayyad traces the dissolution of the boundary between real and reel through time and space via a series of films that represent different modernities. He contrasts the "rational" European city of early twentieth-century industrial modernity as portrayed by Berlin: Symphony of a Big City (1927) with its American counterpart in Modern Times (1936). He illustrates the different forms of small town life and an urbanizing modernity across the Atlantic as exemplified by Cinema Paradiso (1989) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Using Metropolis (1927) and Brazil (1985), he shows how utopian ideals harbour within them their dystopian realities, while Jacques Tati's nostalgia for tradition in Mon Oncle (1958) and Playtime (1967) reveals a cynical modernity and a rebelling against its idealism
Consuming tradition, manufacturing heritage : global norms and urban forms in the age of tourism by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Increasing demand for environments that promise unique cultural experiences has led many nations and groups to engage in the parallel processes of facilitating the consumption of tradition whilst manufacturing it. This volume addresses these themes
Dwellings, settlements, and tradition : cross-cultural perspectives( Book )

6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hybrid urbanism : on the identity discourse and the built environment by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite strong forces toward globalization, much of late 20th century urbanism demonstrates a movement toward cultural differentiation. Such factors as ethnicity and religious and cultural heritages have led to the concept of hybridity as a shaper of identity. Challenging the common assumption that hybrid peoples create hybrid places and hybrid places house hybrid people, this book suggests that hybrid environments do not always accommodate pluralistic tendencies or multicultural practices. In contrast to the standard position that hybrid space results from the merger of two cultures, the book
The end of tradition? by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rooted in real-world observations, this book questions the concept of tradition. In his introduction, Nezar AlSayyad discusses the meanings of the word 'tradition' and the current debates about the 'end of tradition'. Thereafter the book is divided into three parts
Making Cairo medieval( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the nineteenth century, Cairo witnessed one of its most dramatic periods of transformation. Well on its way to becoming a modern and cosmopolitan city, by the end of the century, a 'medieval' Cairo had somehow come into being. While many Europeans in the nineteenth century viewed Cairo as a fundamentally dual city-physically and psychically split between East/West and modern/medieval-the contributors to the provocative collection demonstrate that, in fact, this process of inscription was the result of restoration practices, museology, and tourism initiated by colonial occupiers. The fir
The fundamentalist city? : religiosity and the remaking of urban space by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The relationship between urbanism and fundamentalism is a very complex one. This book explores how the dynamics of different forms of religious fundamentalisms are produced, represented, and practiced in the city. It attempts to establish a relationship between two important phenomena: the historic transition of the majority of the world's population from a rural to an urban existence; and the robust resurgence of religion as a major force in the shaping of contemporary life in many parts of the world. Employing a transnational interrogation anchored in specific georgraphic regions, the contributors to this volume explore the intell ectual and practical challenges posed by fundamentalist groups, movements, and organization. They focus on how certain ultra religious practices of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism have contributed to the remaking of global urban space. Their work suggests that it is a grave oversimplification to view religious orthodoxies or doctrines as the main cause of urban terrorism or violence. Instead they argue that such phenomena should be understood as a particular manifestation of modernity's struggles. AlSayyad and Massoumi's book provides fascinating reading for those interested in religion and the city, with thought provoking pieces from experts in anthropology, geography, sociology, religious studies, and urban studies. --Book Jacket
Forms of dominance on the architecture and urbanism of the colonial enterprise( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditions : the "real", the hyper, and the virtual in the built environment by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Traditions: the 'Real', the Hyper, and the Virtual in the Built Environment is a continuation of Nezar AlSayyad's engagement with the subject of tradition in the built environment. In it he attempts to unsettle the belief that tradition is simply a product of history and transmission. Without dismissing the parallels between history and tradition, he argues that normative discourses that conceive of tradition as a place-based, temporally situated concept, as a static authoritative legacy of a past, and as a heritage owned by certain groups of people can no longer be sustained in the present moment of globalization. Instead he calls for an approach that recognizes how the main qualities of tradition are transient, fleeting, and contingent. While using the built environment as the primary lens of investigation, other approaches for the study of tradition, with origins in geography, history, sociology, or anthropology, are more actively deployed in this book. AlSayyad offers a recasting of the epistemology of tradition as fundamentally spatial, thus providing a much-needed theoretical rudder for the emerging debates. Rather than analyzing tradition as a reaction to modernity or as its antithetical other, he examines those discursive and spatial terrains where tradition collides and colludes with modernity. AlSayyad argues that built traditional environments have been studied until recently as 'authentic' environments that represent 'real' everyday practices. But, as his research illustrates, their consumption at a mass scale, especially in the arena of tourism and mass media, has often elevated them to hyper-environments whose connection to 'real' places results in fundamentally 'dis-placed' and disembodied experience. More recently, the portrayal of traditional environments in both the virtual realm and heritage discourses has resulted in new articulations of tradition that could not be imagined just a few decades ago. AlSayyad interrogates the meanings and practices of tradition in the twenty-first century by looking at these three distinct categories of the built environment: the 'real', the hyper, and the virtual"--
Whose tradition? : discourses on the built environment( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In seeking to answer the question Whose Tradition? this book pursues four themes: Place: Whose Nation, Whose City?; People: Whose Indigeneity?; Colonialism: Whose Architecture?; and Time: Whose Identity? Following Nezar AlSayyad's Prologue, contributors addressing the first theme take examples from Indonesia, Myanmar and Brazil to explore how traditions rooted in a particular place can be claimed by various groups whose purposes may be at odds with one another. With examples from Hong Kong, a Santal village in eastern India and the city of Kuala Lumpur, contributors investigate the concept of indigeneity, the second theme, and its changing meaning in an increasingly globalized milieu from colonial to post-colonial times. Contributors to the third theme examine the lingering effects of colonial rule in altering present-day narratives of architectural identity, taking examples from Guam, Brazil, and Portugal and its former colony, Mozambique. Addressing the final theme, contributors take examples from Africa and the United States to demonstrate how traditions construct identities, and in turn how identities inform the interpretation and manipulation of tradition within contexts of socio-cultural transformation in which such identities are in flux and even threatened. The book ends with two reflective pieces: the first drawing a comparison between a sense of 'home' and a sense of tradition; the second emphasizing how the very concept of a tradition is an attempt to pin down something that is inherently in flux."--Publisher's description
Virtual Cairo : a history( Visual )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using computer simulation, the film traces the spatial development and morphological transformation of the historic core of Cairo up to the sixteenth century
At home with mother earth( Visual )

2 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A video documentary that looks at the ancient tradition of buildings with mud within a global context and analyzes the prejudices that marginalize its use in contemporary time. The travails and passions of early pioneers are chronicled along with current innovative approaches of present-day earth builders like Hassan Fathy from Egypt, Nader Khalili from Iran, David Easton from California, and the CRATerre group from France. The video Presents the pros and cons of the so-called "Earth Architecture" and provides insight into the dilemmas it poses to architects, builders, and building code officials in both the developed and the developing worlds. It also exposes the attitudes of the construction industry regarding innovation and change, and questions the industrial and governmental commitments to the development of environmentally sustainable and ecologically sound building processes
Streets of Islamic Cairo : a configuration of urban themes and patterns by Nezar AlSayyad( Book )

5 editions published between 1981 and 1987 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study presents a closer look at a Muslim-built environment. It examines streets as one of the major structuring elements in a city. It traces the history and the physical development of three major streets in Medieval Cairo within the overall structure of the city at the end of each ruling dynasty. The hypothesis presented in this study is that streets in a Muslim city (Cairo) possessed some common themes and patterns that created for them a characteristic structure. The purpose of this study is to verify the existence of such a structure and to explore some of the implicit principles that may have governed its shaping The lessons learnt from the analysis of the street structure and its development, provide a better understanding of the history of a built environment and of the physical factors that shaped its urban form. Ultimately, it may be possible to generate from the study a general set of criteria ·which could identify the extent of traditionality in a given project. These rules could also assist urban designers in the formulation of design criteria extracted from the history of the built environment
The design and planning of housing : proceedings of a seminar held at the College of Environmental Design, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on February 18-22, 1984 by Seminar on "The Design & Planning of Housing"( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aesthetics of sustainable architecture by Sang Lee( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bundeling artikelen over de impact van duurzaamheid op architectonische vormgeving en de esthetische waarde en potentie van duurzame architectuur. Met bijdragen van architecten, stedenbouwkundigen en wetenschappers uit de VS, Azië, het Midden Oosten en Europa, die het thema benaderen vanuit diverse invalshoeken; historie, theorie, gebruik en functionaliteit, nieuwe technieken en materialen, inheemse en traditionele bouwwijzen
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Cairo : histories of a city
Alternative Names
Al-Sayyad, Nezar

Al Sayyad, Nezar 1955-

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Al Sayyas, Nezar.

AlSayyad, Nezar

Nezar al-Sayyad.

Nezar AlSayyad.

Nezar AlSayyad Professor of Architecture, Planning, Urban Design and History

Nizā̄r al-Sayyid

NizŻar al-Sayyid.

Ṣayyād, Nazār 1955-

Sayyad, Nezar al.

Sayyad, Nezar al 1955-

Ṣayyād, Nizār aṣ-

Sayyid, Nizā̄r

Sayyid, NizŻar.

صياد، نزار

English (130)

Cinematic urbanism : a history of the modern from reel to realConsuming tradition, manufacturing heritage : global norms and urban forms in the age of tourismHybrid urbanism : on the identity discourse and the built environmentThe end of tradition?Making Cairo medievalThe fundamentalist city? : religiosity and the remaking of urban spaceAesthetics of sustainable architecture