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Fathy’s intuition of encouraging communities to build their specific reality on the basis of local materials and environments, is an extremely fertile terrain for today’s designers. From a first wave of globalisation where construction required standard pieces produced centrally (mostly in the industrial plains of the West and the Far East) and then shipped around the world, a new breadth of architects such as Francis Kéré and Wang Shu in parallel with engineers informed by new technologies (biomaterials and 3D printing) are today continuing Fathy’s own tradition of decentralization of production and design.

The Egyptian Architect that Tried to Reverse Globalisation