THE ARCHITECTURE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

Although the books are written in almost all the languages of the Mediterranean, the design, the photography, and the geometry prevail all restrictions of the language and guarantee the understanding of the architectural information. The ancient world (Egypt - Mesopotamia - Greece - Rome), the Byzantium and the Christian East (Syria- Palestine- Egypt), the Arabian world, the Ottoman Empire, the Mediaeval Southern Europe (Gothic and Roman) and the renaissance are all a first classification of the material. Another approach is religious and cosmic; it has to do with public works, entrenching and folkloric architecture in the Mediterranean and last but not least it refers to all the influences of the Mediterranean architecture in other areas of the Mediterranean and the world.

For the ancient world, the greatest part of the material is from editions of the German and French institution as well as from American and English Universities. The first institute with its decentralized structure is considered to be more systematic according to the Arabic world. We also made sure that we will have the support of the Italian publications ELECTA for the renaissance. As for the folkloric architecture of the Balkan countries of Turkey and Spain, we cooperated with many antique shops whereas for the Byzantium and the Christian East we worked with many university editions, the French institute and the Slav-speaking publishing houses, especially those in Belgrade and Moscow. All these books have been published during the last 100 years; many of them have either been withdrawn from circulation or have been published in a limited number of copies (less than 500). In any case, the journey, and not the netting, was the main purpose of the research, because a major part of the books has already been withdrawn and their search was conducted through bookshops and antique shops. There are technical methods to digit books like (digital cameras, scanner), reading desks and, of course, every guest in the guest house can borrow them. Also, we can reprint books which are out of stock by photocopying them and exchange books with other similar institutions and libraries. Soon, we will have completed our first attempt to present in an electronic form the presentation of the library (writer, title, language, date of publication, number of pages, scanned photo of the cover, the contents of the book and the prologue or the summary). Also, one can find a lot of information on bibliographies. Another sector of the books (10%) doesn’t focus on architecture but on the great influences of thought of the Mediterranean area.

The aim of this attempt is the netting and the cooperation with other similar centres, libraries and institutions of the Mediterranean area, the cooperation with activities of cultural tourism, with architectural academies and associations, the scheduling of meetings and festivals with the «roads of olive and oil in the Mediterranean», the publishing activity, the cooperation with the secondary education department and the University of Peloponnesus.

Although the books are written in almost all the languages of the Mediterranean, the design, the photography, and the geometry prevail all restrictions of the language and guarantee the understanding of the architectural information. The ancient world (Egypt - Mesopotamia - Greece - Rome), the Byzantium and the Christian East (Syria- Palestine- Egypt), the Arabian world, the Ottoman Empire, the Mediaeval Southern Europe (Gothic and Roman) and the renaissance are all a first classification of the material. Another approach is religious and cosmic; it has to do with public works, entrenching and folkloric architecture in the Mediterranean and last but not least it refers to all the influences of the Mediterranean architecture in other areas of the Mediterranean and the world.

For the ancient world, the greatest part of the material is from editions of the German and French institution as well as from American and English Universities. The first institute with its decentralized structure is considered to be more systematic according to the Arabic world. We also made sure that we will have the support of the Italian publications ELECTA for the renaissance. As for the folkloric architecture of the Balkan countries of Turkey and Spain, we cooperated with many antique shops whereas for the Byzantium and the Christian East we worked with many university editions, the French institute and the Slav-speaking publishing houses, especially those in Belgrade and Moscow. All these books have been published during the last 100 years; many of them have either been withdrawn from circulation or have been published in a limited number of copies (less than 500). In any case, the journey, and not the netting, was the main purpose of the research, because a major part of the books has already been withdrawn and their search was conducted through bookshops and antique shops. There are technical methods to digit books like (digital cameras, scanner), reading desks and, of course, every guest in the guest house can borrow them. Also, we can reprint books which are out of stock by photocopying them and exchange books with other similar institutions and libraries. Soon, we will have completed our first attempt to present in an electronic form the presentation of the library (writer, title, language, date of publication, number of pages, scanned photo of the cover, the contents of the book and the prologue or the summary). Also, one can find a lot of information on bibliographies. Another sector of the books (10%) doesn’t focus on architecture but on the great influences of thought of the Mediterranean area.

The aim of this attempt is the netting and the cooperation with other similar centres, libraries and institutions of the Mediterranean area, the cooperation with activities of cultural tourism, with architectural academies and associations, the scheduling of meetings and festivals with the «roads of olive and oil in the Mediterranean», the publishing activity, the cooperation with the secondary education department and the University of Peloponnesus.

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