USP Lecture – The traditional architecture and historical urban fabrics of the Middle East Cities


Middle East urbanization includes many types of cities showing different origins, cultural identities, functions, and structures. The urban form of most historic cities of the Middle East shows complex spatial patterns, characterized by a high degree of interlocking of buildings, various architectural details, and an irregularity of street patterns. The traditional architecture in living heritages is a combination of domed roof houses, arcades, internal yards, and surrounding walls with the highest level of privacy. It is a different reality from western architecture and urban forms, and is unknown in many regions. It is your chance to join us in this presentation to find out more about it.

Dr. Sayed Abdul Basir Samimi is a visiting researcher at FAUUSP. He holds a post-doctorate and a doctorate from the University of the Ryukyus, Japan, in the field of Interdisciplinary Intelligent Systems Engineering (2015-2021). He obtained a master’s degree in Urban Analysis and Management from the University of Florence, Italy (2012-2013) and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Herat University, Afghanistan (2007-2010). He has extensive studies in heritage conservation, urban transformation, and historic urban fabrics in Middle Eastern cities. He has served as a professor at the School of Engineering of Herat University, and as a visiting professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil. Dr. Samimi is a member of the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), the SCU Research Group at PROPUR/UFRGS, RITe at FAUUSP, and ARQUIGRAFIA.


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