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Global Holcim Awards 2009 - Hand-over ceremony, Fez, Morocco, July 16, 2009

Urban development plan for Fez honored with top prize in global competition
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Global Holcim Awards Gold prize for sustainable construction projects presented to multi-national team in Morocco


A comprehensive and long-term plan to rehabilitate the Medina of Fez received the Global Holcim Awards Gold 2009 and USD 300,000 in prize money. The winning project is designed by a team from Morocco, Canada, Netherlands and USA led by architect Aziza Chaouni and urban planner Takako Tajima. The innovative approach to sustainable construction was selected for the top international prize from almost 5000 plans and visions from 121 countries. IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre and celebrated architects and building professionals from three continents presented the trophy at a hand-over event in Fez hosted by Holcim Morocco and opened by the Wali of Fez-Boulemane, Mohammed Gharrabi.

The River remediation and urban development scheme focuses on improving life quality for the people living in Fez. The scheme combines a strategy to comprehensively address the economic and social life of the residents together with the ecology of the heavily-polluted river. Prize-winning architect and co-founder of Bureau EAST Aziza Chaouni (Morocco/Canada) explained that the project aimed to reintegrate the river into the medina as the central lifeline of the city’s urban infrastructure. “We want the medina to still be a living urban environment in the 21st century, not a museum artifact,” she said.

A step-by-step approach
The project was praised by the jury for applying the economic, social and ecological benefits from the recovery of the river which include the rehabilitation of the old town’s architecture, revitalizing public spaces and traditional tanneries, creating new pedestrian zones, promoting the growth of wetlands and biodiversity, rehabilitating older craft industries and sensitizing the population to ecological issues and a clean city. “Each step in the project is part of a longer chain of recoveries, which also allows for future interventions to supplement the scheme”, the jury report stated.

Joe Addo (Ghana), Enrique Norten (Mexico/USA) and Hans-Rudolf Schalcher (Switzerland) represented the Holcim Awards juries at the hand-over ceremony. Member of the Advisory Board of the Holcim Foundation, Enrique Norten, praised the gold winning project for demonstrating an effective approach to addressing a broad array of issues relevant to sustainable construction. “What marks this project is its wisdom: it works with what is there and uses it as a platform for upgrading and keeps the process open to future possibilities,” he said.

Cross-border collaboration
Holcim Ltd CEO Markus Akermann (Switzerland) in his capacity as Chairman of the Management Board of the Holcim Foundation commented that the competition reflected the importance of international cooperation in developing solutions to the challenges of sustainable construction. “Exploring sustainable approaches for the built environment is best achieved through innovation and leveraging the broad perspectives of international project teams – and as the winning project in Fez clearly illustrates, developing step-by-step approaches that can be applied elsewhere” he said.

Investing in environmental sustainability
Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Julia Marton-Lefèvre (Switzerland), applauded the Holcim Awards competition for promoting critical interdisciplinary and long-range perspectives by demonstrating the link between sustainable construction and environmental performance. “The level of commitment for change being shown by the global community to address climate change is, in fact, an incredible opportunity to re-frame our thinking and to put our environment at the center of the discussions”, she said.

Former general architect of the Moroccan Ministry of housing, Saïd Mouline, delivered a closing address that paid tribute to the Kingdom of Morocco, the ancient city of Fez, and the Holcim Awards. “Morocco has always been a land where different identities form strength, through trade – for example – and in the melting pot of Fez, we see that water is not only part of the culture, but part of this dynamic interplay. The Holcim Awards has its part in calling for another view, another vision and new ways of thinking about the built environment, and for reaching toward a better world,” he said.

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Very nice illustartion. Last week i visited R'cif many times. They started to open the old Ouad. Now it is terribly smelling around R'cif because of the very bad water. More or less the Ouad is a sewer! They should first build a new sewer and water treatment plant before opening the "river".
Anyhow it is good to see that there is at least some thinking about developing Moroccan's poorest major city.
 

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Oued Fès es-ce lui même Oued el Jawahir ??

dans ce cas ce projet est déjà en cours de réalisation



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Ωρτimuş;58119979 said:
Oued Fès es-ce lui même Oued el Jawahir ??
J'ai lu sur le net en cherchant à localiser l'oued que oui, Oued el Jawahir était un nom donné de longue date par les Fassis pour cette portion de l'Oued Fès.

Vraiment magnifique ce qu'ils sont en train de réaliser
 

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