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Recent carfree development in Morocco

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  • Erik Rauch
    I was going through the buildings and developments that have won the Aga Khan award for architecture. A number of them are quite good:
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2003
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      I was going through the buildings and developments that have won the Aga
      Khan award for architecture. A number of them are quite good:

      http://www.akdn.org/agency/akaacycles.html

      At least one development listed there is large (25,000 residents) and
      apparently carfree, the Dar Lamane Housing in Casablanca:

      http://www.akdn.org/agency/akaa/thirdcycle/morocco.html

      "This low-income residential community for 25,000 people consists of over
      4,000 units organised around a large central square in which the mosque,
      markets and festival hall are located. Surrounding this central area on
      three sides are six housing clusters made up of parallel rows of attached
      four- and five-storey apartment blocks separated by pedestrian streets
      that give access to all buildings. Entrances face each other and open
      staircases act as communal balconies. The planning and design approach
      was based on the observation that for low-income, formerly rural or
      nomadic people, public space, pedestrian networks and the interrelation of
      housing groups are more important than the design organisation of the
      individual units. Gateways mark the entrance to the shopping streets and
      link the clusters of housing; their introduction is a brilliant device to
      provide a sense of territoriality which is fundamental to the success of a
      housing project. Even more important is that the gateway embodies many
      layers of meanings and functions that are deeply rooted in Moroccan
      culture."
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