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Open Call Morocco: LEARNING FROM TIZNIT | A Slow Approach to the Challenges of Urbanization in Morocco
Slow Research Lab
Learning from Tiznit concentrates on the old city centre, in other words the Tiznit medina. Slow Research Lab contends that this city in the south of Morocco, like many cities, is struggling with the city's rapid, or perhaps too rapid, growth. This is partly responsible for the possible loss of authentic meaning and use of public spaces. This aim of this project is to restore the qualities that public spaces can possess. The locations must meet the needs of the current society without losing their tradition. Attention is also paid to ecological sustainability, social cohesion and cultural resilience. Slow Research Lab is working with a team from the Netherlands, from the fields of landscape architecture, urban design, design, material innovation and ‘synaesthetic’ field work, together with the Moroccan architect Salima Naji. Naji is an architect and social anthropologist, who is specialized in the local architecture, art and culture of southern Morocco. She has utilized this knowledge in a number of architectural heritage restoration and rehabilitation projects - including ksours, kasbahs and collective grain barns - with the help of bio-sourced materials and construction techniques from the region. Naji and the team of Dutch designers work together based on an interdisciplinary 'Slow' research approach. This comprises exploring the varying size and scale of spaces, spatial characteristics, rhythms of social interaction, materials and sensory aspects. The makers are reflecting on which qualities of the public space can restore a feeling of ‘urban identity’, ‘place-ness’ and ‘belonging’. A holistic approach to the city will be utilized for the past, present and future. The start phase consist of a study trip to discover, absorb, and analyze Moroccan natural and city landscapes and to explore collaborations. This phase will be concluded in the Netherlands with a series of meetings to generate a planned approach to the subsequent phase. The start investigation will lead to further research and interventions in the subsequent phase in the form of installations or objects.