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Siblings Townhouse

This project involves the complete gutting and rebuilding of a Manhattan townhouse. Located on the Upper East Side and built at the turn of last century, the townhouse is a landmark building. Hence, its façade cannot be altered. Preliminary structural assessment highlighted the need to...

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Joudour Sahara Music School

Joudour Sahara is a music school for children and youth, located in the oasis of M’hamid El Ghizlane in southern Morocco. Its main objectives are to transmit and preserve traditional music heritage, offer training in music related disciplines (recording, video editing etc..) to local youth,...

Joudour Sahara is a music scho...

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Amman Design Week 2016

Thanks to its affordability, ease of implementation and flexibility, the cinder block is the most prevalent constructive component used in developing countries, in both formal and informal construction. Made from cast concrete, it is used grouted or ungrouted to build wall bearing and infill walls....

Thanks to its affordability, e...

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Park rangers viewing tower

ACP was commissioned to design a viewing tower for the Moroccan Ministry of the Environment, from which park rangers will oversee the protected forests of the Taounate region. Illegal animal poaching, fires and tree cutting are rampant problems that requires daily supervision. Located amid the beautiful Rif mountain...

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Ifrane Exhibition Hall

ACP competition entry was selected by the Moroccan Ministry of Culture for the transformation of a vacant space into an exhibition hall, located in the center of the city of Ifrane, a town nestled in the Middle Atlas mountains at 1,665 m in elevation. The exhibition will showcase local crafts...

ACP competition entry was sele...

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Groupe Scolaire La Fontaine

This two phase competition proposes to rehabilitate and expand the French School in Fez, called the Groupe Scolaire La Fontaine and integrate a new French Institute. The school, which includes kindergarten, primary school and high school until grade 9th, has been an important institution for...

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Royal Palace Conservation

On the eve of the Arab Spring, the king decided to open one his oldest palaces for the st time to the public, and share its arts collections. The chosen palace was asked to transform two of its buildings into an ancient weapons museum. Meknes...

On the eve of the Arab Spring,...

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Campus Euro-Med

The masterplan of the Euro-Mediterrenan University is based on four fundamental concepts that connect the campus to the city of Fez and the Euro-Mediterranean region: 1. The creation of a public platform at the entrance to the campus.  This display of the university’s work and research...

The masterplan of the Euro-Med...

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Qarawiyine Library

ACP has been selected by the Moroccan Ministry of Culture to rehabilitate and curate the oldest library in Morocco, located in the center of the medina of Fez, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The libary was founded in 750 under the Sultan Abou Inane Al Marini,...

ACP has been selected by the M...

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Eco R+2

This project seeks to propose an alternative to the ubiquitous affordable housing model in Morocco: the infamous R+2 (two story/ 6 units walk up). The proliferation of this typology was mainly caused by the tax cuts the Moroccan state provided to affordable housing developers, provided...

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Dar Tazi Garden

Dar Tazi is the garden of a 15th century palace built in the Medina of Fez. The pavilions of the garden are occupied today by two NGO’s. One of them, Esprit de Fez organizes concerts in the garden, and would like to use parts of...

Dar Tazi is the garden of a 15...

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Permaliving in Ontario Farmlands

Ontario farmlands are slowly being abandoned by farmers due to costs of operations and an aging population. Less farmland, means less local produce, less biodiversity and the loss of ancestral farming knowledge.  This project aims to propose a new model of farming, in which the...

Ontario farmlands are slowly b...

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Fez Infills: Hybrid Urban Sutures

This project investigates the relationship between infrastructure and the urban fabric in the context of Middle-Eastern historical centers, the Medinas. In doing so, it proposes a new model of intervention in historic districts, one that is integrative and uses an experimental architecture that develops formal...

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Out of Water Project

While water scarcity is a problem of global proportions, it is particularly significant and potentially irreversible in arid zones. Today, 14% of the world’s biomes are Arid, another 14% are Semi-Arid, and 2% are Mediterranean. Given global warming, today’s arid zones are bound to change...

While water scarcity is a prob...

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Out of Water Exhibition

While water scarcity is a problem of global proportions, it is particularly significant and potentially irreversible in arid zones. Today, 14% of the world’s biomes are Arid, another 14% are Semi-Arid, and 2% are Mediterranean. Given global warming, today’s arid zones are bound to change...

While water scarcity is a prob...

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Aquaponics Shelter

As the future will see a soaring number of displaced populations that do not have access to energy infrastructure or economic opportunities, it is crucial to re-think a model for disaster relief which could act as an incubator for self-sustainable, non-polluting food production, with both...

As the future will see a soari...

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Chwiter Sustainable Design Education Center

The new town of Chwiter is located nine kilometers to the north of Marrakech on route RN15 that connects Marrakech to Ouarzazate. The aim of the Training and Teaching Center for Sustainable Development Professionals is to provide exposure to the burgeoning sustainable construction industry in...

The new town of Chwiter is loc...

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CCA Exhibition

During the summer 2002, the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) asked 5 Canadian offices to build a temporary installation relating to the theme of September 11. We were commissioned by one of the offices, Built, to produce a video be projected onto their installation. Built...

During the summer 2002, the Ca...

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Octopallet

The Octopallet is a DIY flexible urban furniture commissioned by the Toronto NGO Evergreen Brick Works. Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental center that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably. Transformed from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into...

The Octopallet is a DIY flexib...

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Fez River Project

The City of Fez Department of Water and Power (RADEEF) is currently implementing a new system which will channel the city’s water sewage towards two treatment plants. Thereby, the Fez river will soon stop receiving backwater and regain its potential as a public amenity. If...

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Desert House

As the Moroccan government cannot answer all the demand for affordable housing, the public sector often subsidizes low income housing projects, especially in areas where shortages are most critical, such as in the southern desert regions of Morocco. The two young developers of this project...

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Eco-timeshares

The city of Marrakesh has known an unprecedented tourist boom since the past decade. Hotels have tripled since 2000, and as a consequence, most of the city center started to gentrify. As a result of the rising property values in the city and the demand...

The city of Marrakesh has know...

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Hotel Babylone

The Hotel Fez is a 50 room boutique hotel located on one of the hilltops surrounding the Fez River Basin around which the Medina is located. A feasibility study based on research of urban boutique hotels typologies, local construction methodologies and green technologies that respond...

The Hotel Fez is a 50 room bou...

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Her House

This house for a young Moroccan expatriate working in Paris, is set in her family’s farm, situated few miles south of Fez, amid a landscape of wheat fields and olive tree groves. The project, while reconciling the client’s contradictory desire for both introversion and extroversion, attempts...

This house for a young Morocca...

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Dar Belghit

Built in the XVII century, the house once belonged to the Sultan Moulay Hafid from the Alaoui dynasty who ruled Morocco from 1908 to 1912. Located in Zqaq El Bgal, an area in the historic Medina of Fez known for housing several dignitaries.A 12 room...

Built in the XVII century, the...

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Taragalte Ecolodge

The site of the Taragalt Ecolodge is located in southern Morocco, in the Saharan oasis of M’hamid Elghizlane. At the end of the lush Draa Valley and adjacent to hostile Saharan dunes, the area was a part of the old caravan trade route between Sub-Saharan...

The site of the Taragalt Ecolo...

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Yarmouk Playground

The project is located in Yarmouk, Northern Jordan, overlooking the Golan Heights and Syria; with a stunning, gently sloping landscape filled with centuries old Oak trees .It is a very popular destination for picnicking among local families all year round. A visitor center was initiated...

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M&R apartment

This project rejuvenate a 1970’s apartment located in the center of Casablanca, the largest Moroccan city. The apartment has a large terrace, which is a rare find in dense Casablanca. However, the original apartment turns its back to the terrace, which is 70 cm than...

This project rejuvenate a 1970...

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Dakhla Ecotourism Masterplan

Dakhla is a small city located along the Saharan Atlantic coast, in the South of Morocco. The city’s main economic sectors are the fishing industry and tourism. Ecotourism is a burgeoning typology and our office asked by the green developer Siger to develop a masterplan...

Dakhla is a small city located...

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PLY Competition

This proposal integrates the socio-economic development of Place Lalla Yeddouna with the revitalization of the Fez River. This link heightens the presence of the Place in the medina and the role of the river as a catalyst of urban improvement. Economic strategy: reinvigorating crafts Through the adjacencies...

This proposal integrates the s...

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Hotel Merinides

In this invited competition, the client asked 5 firms to propose ideas for the transformation of the Merinides hotel into a boutique hotel. The client gave two options: either to destroy the building and propose a new hotel, or to adapt the existing hotel. We chose...

In this invited competition, t...

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Abattoirs: From Meat To Culture

Morocco’s first contemporary cultural biennial, and the first of its kind in North Africa, Les Transculturelles des Abattoirs was held in the former slaughterhouses of Casablanca, known as the Abattoirs de Casablanca. For the event, the slaughterhouses were transformed into a vast exhibition space, hosting...

Morocco’s first contemporar...

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Caesarstone Flagship showroom

This showroom project is for a quartz products company located in the San Leandro neighborhood in San Francisco, and investigates the condition of liminality of a party wall. The project is thus generated from a very simple move: the longitudinal split of the large warehouse...

This showroom project is for a...

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