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Historic Preservation
 
Vernacular Berber architecture
The remains of vernacular Berber architecture in the Libyan Jebel Nafusah represent the main realization of an old culture that will be destroyed by time and lack of care.

The Wadi Adrar Foundation has been established to make a survey and organize the restoration. Volunteers are sought.
Claudio Bencini
Responses
 
Vernacular Berber architecture
I talked to a few students in the school of architecture; they told me to get concrete plans of action, how they shall be involved, and the time they are expected to devote. Please throw light on such detailes.

Regards.
Dushyant Nathwani
Vernacular Berber architecture
to Dushyant:
the work I expect to realize is to reach complete mapping and architectural rendering of the Berber Vernacular Architecture Remnants in the Libiyan Jebel Nefusah. This represents an original work as neither the Libiyan neither the Italian Army Colonial Occupation Governments ever cared of. The work is at a very early stage of development.
The whole study financing passes through the "Wadi Adrar Foundation" and the field work is at the moment made only by the Foundation operative branch "Gruppo di Studio Multidisciplinare Civilta' ed Architettura Vernacolare Berbera". Further collaboration from different researcher's teams is required.
The study Masterplan includes
- KAP and following CAD-3D rendering of 4 Qasrs: Al-Haj, Kabaw, Uazzen, Nalut (already done in part);
- KAP and following CAD-3D rendering of 6 rough stones and jbson and underground dwellings villages: Al-Haj, Kabaw, Nalut (already done in part), Uazzen, Yefren, Gariyan.
- Planning of underground dwellings, several out those have been already reached in the course of the last Survey Mission (see drawing).
- Publication of study results;
- Projecting of conservative work plan;
- Realizing the field works for conservation.
The first step could be to share the Foundation documentation the Study Group reached. I have already gave you access to the ArcheNet LVBA Group as a Contributor, and you can address your student's work there.
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
thank you mr.claudio bencini,

i have already told students to access your detailes and shall keep them actively involved in the process to do needfull...thanks for everything...regards.
Dushyant Nathwani
Vernacular Berber architecture
To Dushyant:
I added some files to the LBVA ArchNet Group, that your students can view. Later I'll add some references and further material.
Nex Survey Mission will be held in November, 2007. After a single Euro 1.300 donation (from a donor Sponsor) to the Foundation, the Foundation itself will host a single researcher coming from Rome Fiumicino Airport and schedule his/her on-site work.
The last Survey Mission's participants are showed in the photo (from left: myself; Giuseppe-architect; Yana-Kap expert; Franco-troglodyte dwellings scholar)
Curricula and applications are welcomed into the Wadi Adrar sub-folder in the Group workspace.
Many thanks
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
hello:)
my name is Abdelghani, student in architecture hight school in Algeria, (Ecole polytecnique d'architecture et d'urbanisme), I work on the same subject, but not the same geographic place, as u know the berber architecture,and their urbain complexe ( Ksour) are a spaciale architecture style, but the problem is how to get a modren life in this old structure?
I work on Boussemghoun village, located in west of Algeria,u can use Goggle Eath to find this village
( Algeria, El Bayadh, Bouusemghoun,
i Hope sir That i can find some answer to my question in ur experiance , thinx again that u accepte reading my message.
Abdelghani Yahiaoui
Vernacular Berber architecture
Abdelghani:
Vernacolar Berber Architecture in the Libiyan Jebel Nafusah consists of rough stones and gibson "buildings". In fact, old berber villages as well Qasrs continuously need to be partially rebuilt due to material intrinsic lack in mechanical resistance wich induces structure decay. The inference is that stone and gibson architecture continuously needs rebuilding. If rebuilding is not assured, the rocky desert replaces the villages, As Berber Nefusi Culture lacks of written sources, Vernacolar Architecture remnants remain the sole testimony. This is why I am working so hard to save the epigones of Berber Nefusi Culture. Furthermore, about Qasr, Ksar, etc.: in the original language those words do not differentiate between little village, castle, palace and so on. Instead, in my opinion, the materials, the architectonic structures, and the functional role for the so called Ksour distributed in the Maghreb differ consistently from east to west. I mean: Protoberbers originated into the Nile delta and progressively migrated westward pushed by Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, Muslims, and finally European Colonialism. During centuries they developed different architectural structures and materials that nowadays stand along berber ancient path. In the Libiyan Nefusi region Qasrs' architecture merely reflects the use of grains deposit, secluding any abitative role, that is reserved to the surrounding stone and gibson villages. On the western, and therefore more recent, end of the berber path several Ksour arise structured mainly for residential use and, secondarily, reflect defense and deposit functions. The inference is that in the eastern berber path, where soil is less productive, grains value was higher than human lifes which served to protect the Qasr and its treasures. On the other hand, in the western path of the berber migration, where soil was richer, the Ksour structure results to be primarily finalized to human life maintenance.
Finally, how to revitalize these old and weak structures? I am studying some options. Any collaboration is welcomed. A great deal of work is in progress, and hudge amounts of money are needed.
Therefore: let begin!
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
Dear all,
here I show a sample drawing concerning with the distribution of Vernacular Berber Architecture in the Libiyan Jebel Nafusah.
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
hello:)
think u sir for explination, and i am very happy to help u and in the same time try to have an experiance , in the next time , i will try to give more information about this village, but in franch langage
ok meet u on 5 mai 2007 u will find my documents.
Abdelghani Yahiaoui
Vernacular Berber architecture
Abdelghani,
may 5th has already passed, where have you been lost?
I already have returned from a Survey Mission in the Libiyan Jebel Nafusah that brought to me further interesting documentation.
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
How can a lay person like myself participate? Any web link to this foundation?
Maya Sanskrit
Vernacular Berber architecture
ciao Claudio,sono una architetto libica e sto effetuando ulteriori studi di restauro e conservazione a venezia .mi piacerebbe sapere di piu o avere accesso al gruppo per vedere se posso collaborare.
nuralah ismael
Nuralah Ismael
Vernacular Berber architecture
Azul!
Abdelghani, Maya and Nuralah,
I thank both of you for your collaborative work offer! The Wadi Adrar Foundation I founded has not yet established a website. At this time ArchNet offers all facilities needed to our work, scientific research, file and curricula exchange, scientific peer-reviewed papers publication and more. Moreover, ArchNet offers the widest world-wide visibility. First of all I therefore suggest to you to become an ArchNet Member, to log in and to write your curricula and your Member Profiles. On the other hand, you can both enter the Group Workspace as a Contributor. I have already accepted and entered you to the Group Contributors. So doing you can have access to all the Foundation data, and to participate to the Group workshops. I know that Using ArchNet is not easy, but, after short training, you'll be able to take advantage on it.
Everything has to be done: CAD 3D restitution of photo images of the buildings, drawings, both on-site and web-based hystoric, architectural and also ethnological research about Berber Heritage and Vernacular Architecture.
Therefore, let you begin to use ArchNet and introduce to me your skills and wills. I'll try to schedule your activities. If you can find your specific field of interest, please draw your work program! Giuseppe Firentino, Architect and Cultural Architecture Conservation Scholar, has already gone in Libya in one of our Survey Missions, and we luckily retrieved him having been lost in the depths of one out of Nalut Qasr Ghurphas!? (see photo).
Thanks in advance!
Artufatt!
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
mayasanskrit@hotmail.com

please email me
Maya Sanskrit
Vernacular Berber architecture
SALAM ALL,
First of all, allow me to introduce myself. I'm Naima Benkari, architecte, PhD in urban planning.
By chance I came accross your topic and was attracted by the name of nafussa.
I'm among the specialists of what is known of the Ibadi architecture.
My PhD research was about the vernacular mosques of the Ibadi populations in Oman, Jerba and Algeria (Mzab). I wanted to include Nafussa in my field researches but, unfortunately I couldn't have the necessary sponsorship.
Any ways, Dr.Claudio, you have a short version of my CV on archnet. Despite the fact that since my PhD I oriented my researches towards more contemporary issues, I still love this architecture and would be happy to participate in a collective work on this topic. I can give a help in paper reviewing, bibliography and documents... and more. Please feel free to contact me.
Regards,
Naima
Naima Benkari
Vernacular Berber architecture
ARTUFATT, Naima!
I promptly examinated some literature concerning with Ibadi's Vernacular Mosques in the Libiuyan Nafusi, and I found Nothing more than simple citation.
On my side, the "Gruppo di Studio Civiltà ed Architettura Vernacolare Berbera" I co-ordinate, documented and drawed several Vernacular Mosques scattered in the Libiyan Jebel Nafusah, without awareness if they belonged from Ibadis or not. Franco Dell'Aquila is dedicating his studies to the Vernacular Mosques census and likely could hlep. I'll soon upload in our Libiyan Berber Vernacular Architecture Workspace the photographic documentation of our findings, you should download and examine. Maybe you could find iuseful informations. Please, give me receipt of your conclusion.
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
Ok, Claudio...
But the problem is that I don't know how to access to your Group workspace...
I'll be very happy to help.
Salam
Naima Benkari
Vernacular Berber architecture
Naima....
simply enter the group and self-signup! Nonetheless, I already added you as a Contributor. Please, examine all the documents and give me a feed-back.
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
hello sir ; sorry but i didn't know how to do, i have my workshop" my final project " Revitatlisation d'un ksar ( cas de Boussemghoun)" and some other document but i don' know how to send them, and if the server accepte them, (.dwg, .psd,...and archicad docuement,.doc 2007 ) this is my mail addresse Abdelghani85@yahoo.fr email me and u well get them soon if u call me, sorry again...
Abdelghani Yahiaoui
Vernacular Berber architecture
Dear Naima and Abdelghani,
first of all, thanks for your cooperative will. Do not worry about troubles with ArchNet handling. It took to me many attempts and a strong motivation to overcome the learning curve threshold sufficient to take advantage of ArchNet. Once reached the threshold, you should succeed in remote sharing of large files that do not fit the usually limited e-mail boxes storage volume as photos, scientific papers, and else.
Therefore, instead passing to ordinary e-mail, I wish to guide you step by step in ArchNet workspace utilization:

a) Open 2 windows of your browser: you will take opened the right sided one on which you will read this response, and do the actions I suggest on the left sided window.

b) Download Instructions of use
1- log-in
2- open the ArchNet homepage
3- click on the "More..." button at the end of the first short text, on the page upper left corner,
4- go to the long text end, and click on the "Help Moule" button
5- Download instructions, kep them apart, and read them every time you will realize to be in trouble.

b) Work with the "group Workspace"
1- open the homepage.
2- click on the "group workspace" button on the upper left of the page,
3) scroll down the page untill you individuate the "-ArchNet Access" chapter (the second),
4- click on the "Berber Vernacular Architecture in the Libiyan Jebel Nefusah"
5-begin to work:
5.1- click on the Written title of the folder
5.2- click on the word that seems interesting to you,
5.3- click on the icon on the left side of the page, left to the typed word that interests to you,
5.4- click on your PC to "save as".
Done!
Looking forward to good news.
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
Next survey mission will be prformed by the "Wadi Adrar Foundation" in the Libiyan Jebel Nefusah in Nevember 2007, from day9 to day 16. Program is downlowdable in the "Berber Vernacular Architecture in the Libiyan Jebel Nefusah" Group Archive.
Claudio Bencini
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
Next survey mission will be prformed by the "Wadi Adrar Foundation" in the Libiyan Jebel Nefusah in Nevember 2007, from day9 to day 16. Program is downlowdable in the "Berber Vernacular Architecture in the Libiyan Jebel Nefusah" Group Archive.
Claudio Bencini
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
Next survey mission will be prformed by the "Wadi Adrar Foundation" in the Libiyan Jebel Nefusah in Nevember 2007, from day9 to day 16. Program is downlowdable in the "Berber Vernacular Architecture in the Libiyan Jebel Nefusah" Group Archive.
Claudio Bencini
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
Next survey mission will be prformed by the "Wadi Adrar Foundation" in the Libiyan Jebel Nefusah in Nevember 2007, from day9 to day 16. Program is downlowdable in the "Berber Vernacular Architecture in the Libiyan Jebel Nefusah" Group Archive.
Claudio Bencini
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
Vernacular Berber Architecture in the Libyan Jebel Nefoosa
a lecture by Dr. Claudio Bencini
16 June, 2008, 19.30 h.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Tripoli
J.A.L.P.S Ben Ashour
Tripoli, Libya.
Dr. Claudio Bencini, scholar in Berber Vernacular Architecture, will deliver the results obtained by means of the three-year long field work done by the Gruppo di Studio Civilta ed Architettura Vernacolare Berbera, financed in part by the Wadi Adrar Foundation ONLUS.

For more information, visit the IIC in Tripoli website.
Claudio Bencini
Vernacular Berber architecture
Advice: delivery date has been changed.
Vernacular Berber Architecture in the Libyan Jebel Nefoosa
a lecture by Dr. Claudio Bencini
18 June, 2008, 19.00 h.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Tripoli
J.A.L.P.S Ben Ashour
Tripoli, Libya.
Dr. Claudio Bencini, scholar in Berber Vernacular Architecture, will deliver the results obtained by means of the three-year long field work done by the Gruppo di Studio Civilta ed Architettura Vernacolare Berbera, financed in part by the Wadi Adrar Foundation ONLUS.

For more information, visit the IIC in Tripoli website.
Claudio Bencini
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