For the last decade Salima Naji, trained as an architect and anthropologist, has worked to save the heritage of several oasis towns in the anti-Atlas mountains of Morocco. This ambitious undertaking involves four sites that range in scale from communal granaries to partially abandoned fortified towns. Naji has carried out the work with skilled masons and unskilled workmen, whom she has trained in traditional building techniques and who go on to apply their skills at other sites. Architecture and public spaces have been conserved not only for their historic value, but as locally rooted, sustainable models for contemporary building. Throughout, Naji has encouraged a participatory process with new and traditional community groups and actors. Her work provides an alternative model for conservation in Morocco: one that insists on maintaining the link between local communities and their historic environments.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Preservation of Sacred and Collective Oasis Sites (Alternate)
Préservation des Architectures Sacrées et Collectives des Oasis du Maroc
Mostafavi, Mohsen, editor. Architecture is Life. Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2013.
This book focuses on the unfolding of the qualities that connect
architecture and life. It highlights a series of buildings and projects located
within a diversity of cultures and geographies that make a significant
contribution to the understanding of our values and to the daily lives buildings
of their users.
The selected projects – shortlisted and premiated by the Aga
Khan Award for Architecture in its 12th
Cycle – address a variety of functions at a diversity of scales, from
residential to institutional, from public space to infrastructure. The ethos of
these projects is consistent with that of the Award: they all place an emphasis
onthe importance of design as an indispensable component of social
Essays by internationally recognised practitioners and
scholars address the broader context of contemporary architectural practice
with special reference to Muslim communities and geographies.
Source: Lars Muller Publishers and Aga Khan Award for Architecture