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Dar-Al Ma: The Architecture Of Water In The Islamic Countries

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This research intends to analyse the architecture and the shape of Muslim urban space in the different regions and climates of the huge territory controlled by this civilization. The formal and religious means which moves this transformation is represented by water, which transforms itself into matter useful for the design of landscapes and towns varying according to environmental conditions and limitations. To understand the different behaviors participating in the relationship between the shape of the water and the shape of the building space, one should at first refer to some environmental categories and to the effects they produce on the architectural structure. In this sphere, the collection and preserving systems of the superficial and meteoric waters in the big cisterns, the tanks, the basins in the open air and the covered ones was often bound to systems of channels and aqueducts.

Keywords: architecture; civilization; Muslim; sphere; the tanks; water



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