Shibam in Wadi Hadhramaut Photo by T. H. J. Marchand (Photo Courtesy to SOAS University public statement)
CAIRO - 13 July 2017: Anthropology Professor EmeritusTrevor Marchand of SOAS University of London will be hosting an exhibition titled ‘Buildings That Fill My Eye’ on the architectural heritage of Yemen that will run from July 13 to July 23 in the Burnei Gallery in London.
Yemen has historical sites that are recorded in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list, including Shibam, Sanaa and Zabid.
Sponsored by MBI Al Jaber Foundation, the exhibition seeks to expose various building styles and traditions, according to a released statement by SOAS University.
The country’s urban architecture has been shaped by skilled carpenters, masons, and craftsmen, who worked with diverse technology to create gardens and rural landscapes that are suitable to the natural conditions of southern Arabia.
Yemeni design is said to have been shaped by several factors, including conflict and resistance, as the environment features sturdy forts, home towers with windowless ground storeys and heavy timber doors, steeply terraced mountainsides, deep water cisterns, finely arched bridges and stone-paved pathways, the statement described.
Supported by Gingko Library and the British-Yemeni Society, the exhibition has the purpose of spreading awareness on the great cultural creativity displayed in the country and urging the collaboration of the international community to protect this heritage from external destructive forces.
The exhibition opens in the Brunei Gallery on July 13 and runs until September 23.