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Hammam, aspects and multidisciplinary methods of analysis for the Mediterranean region

Objective

Scenarios for the adaptive reuse of the Hammarn as a public service center for Mediterranean cities is the topic of the study HAMMAM. The Islamic bath house Hammam is a central place for social life and cultural heritage of the Medit. civilization with com plex urban and societal relations and various functions: besides its value as a cultural heritage, the Hammam is also an integrative part of the public life in the Islamic society and an example of architectural and cultural Mediterranean life, a place for semipublic activities, a space with specific architectural typologies, a support for health care and hygiene, a provider of drinking water, one of the rare public meeting places for women in the Islamic context, a place for relaxation and a place for reli gious, artistic and ceremonial activities. The HAMMAM project develops strategies and designs new concepts of adapting the old Hammam features to a contemporary Islamic life, at the same time assessing possibilities for a joint usage of the Hammam by the l ocal dwellers and tourists interested not only in architecture, but also in getting to know other life styles. The Hammam study uses a case study approach, which starts the investigation from the local situation (cultural, economical and technical) of 6 sp ecific Hammams in 5 different Medit. countries and one European country (Turkey) and develops sustainable user concepts for the different sites. A principal goal of this study is to understand and evaluate the function, the concept, the technology and the rules for the running of a hammam. Besides this study will assess risk factors arising during the revival process of traditional Hammams and carry out an users' risk assessment for a cultural heritage building that has a day-to-day usage. With the disappea rance of Hammams, Islamic cities are about to lose a major feature of their cultural heritage with deteriorating consequences on the urbanistic, societal and architectural qualities.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-INCO-MPC-2
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Funding Scheme

NoE - Network of Excellence

Coordinator

OIKODROM - THE VIENNA LNSTITUTE FOR URBAN SUSTAINABILITY
Address
Brunhildengasse 1/3
Vienna
Austria

Participants (17)

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
Address
Senate House, Abercromby Square
Liverpool
SANS MIMARLIK VE LNSAAT LTHALAT LHRACAT TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
Address
Tepecik Mah. Yangi Sokak No 8
Bodrum
VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Austria
Address
Karlsplatz 13
Vienna
UNIVERSITY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES, VIENNA
Austria
Address
Gregor Mendel-strasse 33
Vienna
NORTH ENERGY ASSOCIATES LTD
United Kingdom
Address
7B Oldgate
Morpeth
TOWNHOUSE GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Egypt
Address
10 Nabrawy St. ( Off Champollion St) Downtown
Cairo
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
Address
Lnonu Bulvari
Ankara
JEAN BOUILLOT ARCHITECTE
France
Address
Cour Des Chartreux, 3
Beaune
CENTRE NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN ANTHROPOLOGIE SOCIALE ET CULTURELLE
Algeria
Address
Cité Bahi Amar Bloc A No. 1 Es-sénia Oran
Oran
DJILLALI LIABES UNIVERSITY
Algeria
Address
Route De Tlemcen
Sidi Bel Abbes
VIA MARIS LNC.
Palestine
Address
Suite 11, Barghouthi Bldg. Ramallah Hotel Street, Ein Munjed / Al-masyoun
Ramallah
ZHENGZHOU UNIVERSITY, CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN TOWNS AND VILLAGES
China
Address
Ke Xue Road 1#, Zhengzhou High Tech Deminstration Zone
Zhengzhou
MIMAR FOR ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY
Egypt
Address
6 Dokki St. #32, Giza Cairo, 12311, Egypt
Cairo
AGENCE POUR LA DÉDENSIFICATION ET LA RÉHABILITATION DE LA MÉDINA DE FÈS
Morocco
Address
4, Avenue Zaid Ibn Harita (V.n)
Fes
INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DU PROCHE ORIENT, DIRECTION DES ETUDES ARABES (ATELIER DU VIEUX-DAMAS)
Syria
Address
11 Shukri Al Assali St.
Damascus
LABORATOIRE VILLES ET PATRIMOINE. DEP.D'ARCHITECTURE ET URBANISM. UNIVERSITÉ MENTOURI DE CONSTANTINE
Algeria
Address
Pobox: 325, P.c: 25017, Route De Ain El Bey
Constantine
MINOTAURUS FILM S.Á.R.L
Luxembourg
Address
49, Rue De Warken
Ettelbruck