The sustainable and supportive housing project was conceived by Zakaria Ouatab and  Yousra Kadri during their 5th year of study in the atelier Mr. Jamal Eddine Ghorafi, at The National School of Architecture in Rabat, Morocco.

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Credits: Zakaria Ouatab, Yousra Kadri
Location: Rabat, Morocco
Status: Concept

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The values of cohabitation and good neighbourliness have always been present in Moroccan culture, but they are being neglected. Indeed, our social relations were well represented by the way of living in the old Medina. Spatial organization, intimacy and respect marked neighbourhood relations closely and, on a more introverted scale, family relations.

Therefore, this sustainable and supportive housing project consists in a social and cultural reconciliation, and pushes the notion of solidarity to the very end: it is about creating a cohesive community mainly based on maximizing interactions and exchanges between inhabitants in order to consolidate their relationships. Its design aims to revive our old values and demonstrate that architects can influence society through their projects.

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The organization chart elaborated  is a programmatic and spatial response to the different Moroccan socio-cultural practices, needs and especially the abandoned cultural values that we wish to revitalize through this project.

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Zakaria Ouatab:

Zakaria Ouatab is a Moroccan architecture student seeking to create new settings to inspire the way we live, learn, work and play. He studies at the National School of Architecture of Rabat, Morocco and leaves after for an exchange at the National School of Architecture and Landscape of Bordeaux, France, where he discovers other ways of know-how. He believes widely that well designed environments support social cohesion, reconnect human activity with nature, and intensify our experience of the world around us.

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Yousra Kadri:

Yousra Kadri is a Moroccan architecture student in her final year at the National School of Architecture of Rabat, Morocco. She has studied her first year of master at the National School of Architecture and Landscape of Bordeaux, France, where she deepened and enriched her perception of space. Passionate about art, landscape and public spaces, she focuses on combining the three of them in order to propose creative and artistic designs that respond and adapt to the cultural needs of people seeking their well-being.

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