STORY OF A MODERNIST PROJECT :: Adaptations of Vernacular Modernism in Casablanca

“In the early 1950s, a group of architects found inspiration in Casablanca’s slums, transforming an area at the city’s margins into a sandbox for utopian experimentation. The main participants were George Candillis, Alexis Josic and Shadrach Woods, who worked within GAMMA (Group of Modern Moroccan Architects) and were part of the controversial Team 10. Critical of the purely functionalist orientation of early modernist architecture, Team 10 aimed to develop a new approach rooted in the vernacular and the everyday.” More : http://www.thepolisblog.org/2012/07/adaptations-of-vernacular-modernism.html

Children beside the Carriere Centrale housing developments in 1953. Source- Casa Memoire3

 

Children beside the Carriere Centrale housing developments in 1953. Source: Casa Memoire

 

 

Casablanca's Carriere Centrale housing developments in 1952

Aerial view of Casablanca’s Carriere Centrale housing developments in 1952, beside the oldest slum in North Africa. Source: Casa Memoire

Nid d'Abeille housing project in 2003. Source- Colonial Modern2

Nid d’Abeille housing project in 2003. Source: Colonial Modern

Nid D'Abeille upon completion in 1952. Source- Casa Memoire

 

Nid D’Abeille upon completion in 1952. Source: Casa Memoire

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