Constructed using natural materials, Yemeni high-rises are superbly sustainable and perfectly suited to the hot and dry Arabian desert climate.
Some of the first big buildings to be constructed in the Yemeni city of Shibam were built around 900.
Ancient city of Shibam, a World Heritage Site, was largely spared by war but remains at the mercy of natural disasters.
Local authorities in Yemen’s southeastern province of Hadramout have announced the start of a program to renovate dozens of decaying houses in thehistoric city of Shibam, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982.
In earlier days people used to live in mud houses. Although those houses were of one storey, you would be surprised to know that there is a city where there are more than 500 skyscrapers made from mud. These buildings are nothing short of miracles because neither rain nor storms have any effect on them.
A 16th-century walled city in Yemen remains the World’s oldest metropolis to use vertical construction and is famous for its 600 adobe-built medieval skyscrapers, seven or eight stories high, as witnessed by these images released by an EPA photographer.
This 2,000-year-old city in Yemen is known as the ‘Manhattan of the desert’; Finn MacLeod; ArchDaily
The nearly 2,000-year-old city of Shibam presents one of earliest and most perfect examples of rigorous planning based on vertical construction.