As part of Al Manakh 2’s coverage of Saudi Arabia (not covered in Al Manakh 1), Al Manakh recently held events and meetings in Riyadh and Jeddah.
Al Manakh 2 correspondent Reda Sijiny arranged for a thoughtful meeting with Dr. Sami Angawi, an architect and an expert on Meccah. We spoke with him about his early research work with the Haj Research Center, a fascinating collaboration of architects, sociologists, scientists, planners, software developers and representatives of other professions in measuring human movement during Haj. It’s a historic moment in planning that not only opens perspectives on the Haj but also gives advice on how powerful the tools of architecture and planning could be. More to come on the topic.
Dr. Angawi invited us to his house in Jeddah. It took him fourteen years to design and build, and it is still a work in progress. The house is a studied assembly of Hejazi architecture, including salvaged artifacts and details that reflect traditional means of building reinforced with modern technologies. We were there in the evening, so these photos can only provide a hint. We promise more.