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arcs in moroccan architecture
I think that the modern style tinted with moroccan style introduced by lyautey should be developped. I think that islamic architecture revisited by european is nice because it brings a exterior vision of moroccan space that is beautifull. I am mainly intersted in the french periode in morocco propostions of spaces,opening and arcs. I am also wonderding what we can do with new material of construction that are not expensive so as to develop a new relationship between inside and outside in a moroccan building. I am very sade about a lack of imagination in middle classe building. and I wish we devellep a new approche to material of construction and new forms and new attitude to everyday life and management of time.
Magyda Cherradi
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arcs in moroccan architecture
Magyda, Can you tell me what "arcs" means? I am confused. Do you mean Art? or Architecture?
Frank John Snelling
arcs in moroccan architecture
Hey, I really mean arcs. in morocco we use a lot of "arc outrepasse' (they are like a horse shoe arc). the French put bigger proportions and it gave a different ratio and sens of space. Latly in official building in a moroccan city they managed to do it but the inner space should be bigger to create a sens of respect of the function of the inner space and floors where there are gov officers. it is just an example. if you go in middle class dwelling you will find no arcs and the forms are too simple; there is no hierarchy in these buildings. it is too monotonous and I believe that architects should have more imagination mostly that they will use the same materials of construction
Magyda Cherradi
arcs in moroccan architecture
I find in "dictionnary.com" that it is arch,
like roman arch, flat arch( I am sorry but I am not sur anymore about the translation from french) in french it is arc
Magyda Cherradi
arcs in moroccan architecture
Magyda, Okay, I understand now. I know that arc is French for arch in English and I realised you meant arches when you wrote "horseshoe arches" which sometimes have red and white painted alternating segments. :)

The confusion is that "arc" is used in English to describe part of a circle.
Frank John Snelling
arcs in moroccan architecture
General Lyautey? Is he given credit for architecture that came with French colonialism? Did he have much to do with architecture? I am curious. I mostly know of his counterinsurgency practices. I found this post because for some reason it was titled Roman Arches on Google. I was looking for material to expand my article on Roman Arches at my website. I mostly deal with houses, but I get into the theory and history of architecture along the way. So, how influential was the French influence in Moroccan architecture?
Joffre Essley
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