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BACKGROUND

New Gourna Village, an experimental earthen village on the West Bank of the Nile, is a testament to how the relationship between heritage and society is often fraught with multiple meanings and conflicting values.

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HOW WE HELPED

After New Gourna was included on the 2010 Watch, WMF joined forces with UNESCO to assess current conditions. UNESCO surveyed buildings and documented conservation needs.WMF complemented these efforts with a community assessment to integrate social and economic concerns into planning and decision-making about the future of the village and its preservation.

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WHY IT MATTERS

Fathy inspired a new generation of architects and planners worldwide through his integration of traditional materials with modern architectural principles. He is largely credited as a pioneer of sustainable architecture. (...)

VIDEOS
World Monuments FundHassan Fathy's New Gourna: Past, Present, Future
October, 2010

As part of its assessment efforts at New Gourna, the WMF team engaged the local community in a dialogue about the history of village and its conservation, and produced the film: Hassan Fathy's New Gourna: Past - Present - Future.

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New Gourna Village
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Wallpaper: New Gourna Village