Industrious Habitat. Teaching and Research in Architecture
The "Scramble for Africa's" endless shadow: the cultural and socio-economic clashes European colonization caused can be traced in Morocco's former capital Fez to the present day
1st edition, 2019
204 pages, 116 color and 257 b/w illustrations, graphics and, plans
21 x 31 cm
In cooperation with Laboratory Basel (laba), EPFL
Morocco—located at a crossroads between Sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghrebi Arab-Muslim world, and Mediterranean Europe—has struggled with cultural and sociopolitical clashes eversince the infamous Scramble for Africa in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These clashes have left enduring marks on the urban fabric of Fez, Morocco’s former capital and second-largest city, including its landmarks and landscapes.
Fez Lessons: Industroius Habitat is a project of Laboratory Basel (laba), founded in 2011 as a satellite studio of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Based on recent research, the book explores Fez’s urban fabric, relaying a compelling story of how the city has been shaped and reshaped over time. The findings are visualized in striking images, graphics, and maps and followed by proposals for architectural interventions that address key issues by facilitating alternate forms of association and community. Given the growing stream of international investment, the constant enticement of tourism, and a worldwide revival of nationalism, interventions focus on these challenges, among others, raising questions about identity, authenticity, tradition, globalization, and the use of local resources.
Other volumes in the Teaching and Research in Architecture series:
Barents Lessons (out of print)
Swiss Lessons (out of print)
Icelandic Lessons (out of print)