Agadir, MoroccoSummer 2009
After being destroyed by an earthquake in 1960, the coastal city of Agadir, Morocco was completely reconstructed according to CIAM Athens Charter principles. Today Agadir is one of the least known, but most uniquely important sites of modern architecture and urbanism in the world. The architecture of Agadir synthesized the hybrid culture of a newly independent nation still rooted in Islamic tradition, but also irreversibly transformed by its ties to France.
In May and June of 2009, Assistant Professor Marshall Brown and a group of ten IIT College of Architecture students traveled to Morocco. The travel was funded by the Rotch Travelling Studio Scholarship from the Boston Society of Architects. This special grant is given to one school of architecture in the United States annually to fund a single traveling studio. In a period of three weeks they traveled to six cities: Casablanca, Marrakech, Essaouira, Agadir, Sidi Ifni and Rabat. In addition to the specific history of Moroccan urbanism, the studio also focused on the intersection of urbanism and tourism. By exposing students to this North African version of modernism, this studio invited students to develop a broader and more critical understanding of the legacy of modern architecture and the diversity of its global influence.
Click here to read the full studio description at the Rotch Travelling Studio website.