The Poetics of Place

If we claim that architecture is the product of the interaction of culture, society, economy, and environment and that these aspects are vital in giving architecture the fundamental and integral characteristics and continuous existence the distinguish one place from another, then we might understand the sensitive and important role of the architect. I believe that the architect's role is not to impose his personal style, which would detract from the place's individual character, but rather to encourage an inquiry that investigates and excavates deeply into the secrets of the place and uncovers its tools and media of expression. This in turn will help architecture to occupy its appropriate place in global civilization.
It seems that many contemporary architects believe that the dialogue between creativity, implementation, and perception has ended, and that each process is a statement by itself. But it was discussion that gave the architecture of this region its ease of human adaptation even in the most intricate details, as is evident in all our old cities. They show the architect’s response to this public space and his ability to converse with its users through arcades, corners, gateways and transitions between alleys. It also shows the balance between the light, shadow and darkness, solid and void, and the precise relationship between public, semi-public, and private spaces and the ability of the urban fabric of the city to respect chronological evolution and architectural components. These are cities built on continuously changing additions that accumulate with time and that respect continuity through the organic growth of the fabric rather than the application of a grid that negates any human existence as seen in the Euclidean model which still influences industrial societies through man-made living spaces.
Islam enhances the innovative process of creation because it is by its nature imbued with human values and ethical consideration. It is a religion that is socially aware and interested in the community without neglecting the individual, caring for the whole without denying the particular. As a result it maintains a balance between the spiritual, intellectual, and physical demands of mankind.

Rasem Badran On the Poetics of Place: The Communicability of an Architectural Image

Understanding Islamic Architecture. Edited by Attilio Petruccioli and Khalil K. Pirani