Following five regional competitions, 15 Award-winning projects including Socioeconomic equipment in a mountain village in Tamtarga, Morocco, will now compete in the first global Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects. The global phase of the competition showcases the best entries from more than 1500 submissions from 118 countries, and encourages innovative, future-oriented and tangible approaches within the building and construction industry.Holcim Awards competition goes global »
The first prize of USD 100,000 went to a design project for an artisan training center at Tamtarga, in the province of Taroudante near Marrakech, Morocco by a team led by architect Abdelrhni Fenjiro of Rabat, Morocco. The approach leverages strong partnerships that ensure the feasibility of the project, which promises to greatly improve the overall quality of life.
Dr Irurah said the entry showed a skillful engagement with a mountainous region that is isolated due to difficult terrain, and poor roads and communication infrastructure: “The project respects the vibrant and dynamic local culture by adopting a community-driven approach towards the development of both the functional program as well as the generation of a design solution with extremely limited resources,” he said.Read more »
The project earns high distinction for its skillful engagement with a mountainous region that is isolated due to difficult terrain and lack of proper roads and communication infrastructure. Although operating in a context with extremely limited resources, the authors are commended for respecting the vibrant and dynamic culture by adopting a community-driven approach towards the development of both the functional program as well as generation of the design solution.
The work is consequent in promoting an appropriate design language in terms of the designated forms, materials, and construction technology. Decisions were driven by sensitive responses to indigenous material resources, locally available means of implementation, acculturated competences, as well as aspirations of the native population rather than imposing ideals of the design team. This evidences a high degree of ecological and social sensibility that is to be applauded.
The work is also merited for precision in selecting the site, as is the use of raw earth for construction that minimizes costly structural requirements. Strong partnerships (especially with the government’s Social Development Agency) also insure the feasibility of such an undertaking, one that promises to greatly improve the overall quality of life.See more
This project is at the scale of a whole region located in a scenic landscape of agricultural plateaus south of Marrakech in Morocco. At the core of the approach is a strategy to strengthen rural communities and thus to counter migration from the countryside to urban areas. The project includes a series of measures for re-enforcing the role of women in society by supporting their efforts with micro-credits – undertaken in order to promote agriculture and small businesses as well as the construction of modest buildings for educational purposes.Download project entry poster (PDF, 6.51 MB) »
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