Architect and anthropologist Salima Naji works with
traditional construction processes, adapting them for contemporary needs.he varied vernacular traditions of Morocco-clay,
stone, wood, palm fronds and other fibers-can be re-purposed in a contemporary
mode of construction that is sustainable, preserves local knowledge, and elevates
the role of the traditional artisan.
She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the École des
Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and her degree in Architecture
from l’École d’architecture de Paris-La-Villette.
Salima Naji has also authored several books on vernacular
architecture and the rescue of built heritage in southern Morocco, most recently most recently, Ksar d'Assa. Suvegarde d'un port du Maroc saharien (2013), documenting efforts to preserve and restore the Qsar in southern Morocco. Other works include Art et architectures berbères (2001), and Greniers collectifs de l’Atlas (2006).
As part of the rehabilitation of Tiznit and in particular of the médina, the rehabilitation of the natural basin, landscaped in the 16th and 17th centuries, includes a double circuit purifying and oxygenating water basins by a waterfall on one hand, and, on the other, directing water via a long irrigation channel to a pool feeding the surrounding gardens, evoking the original palm grove which today has doubled in size outside the walls. The idea is to give to the most vulnerable a public place of quality without sacrificing its history. This project for the restoration of the water tank has been studied by various educational institutes in Europe and North Africa.