Fez River Project
November 5th, 2012

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 rehabilitated, its impact will be inordinately salient to the unique urban context of Fez. Indeed, the medina’s intra-mural population not only lacks public open spaces, but is also experiencing a rapid deterioration of its environment due to over-densification and aging public infrastructure.

In support of its current initiative, the RADEEF commissioned us to propose a rehabilitation plan for the river as well as acupunctural interventions along its banks within the most critical site, the medina.

Our proposal is a strategic plan that addresses not only the ecology of the river but also the social and economic concerns of the city. It works at two scales—the city scale and the site scale. Based on an in-depth analysis of Fez’s urban and ecological context, the project at the city scale (City of Fez including the ville nouvelle and the medina) is a master plan with recommended measures for improving regional water quality. Depending on soil geomorphology, levels of water pollution, adjacent urban fabric and ecological systems, different rehabilitation tactics are purposefully located, such as canal restorers, constructed wetlands, bank restoration and storm-water retention ponds.

Team: Aziza Chaouni, Takako Tajima, Vesna Kann, Dennis Rijkhoff , Nicko Elliott(Bureau E.A.S.T.) | Reem Alissa| Marco Cenzatti | John Ferri | Bonnie Kaplan(Medina Solutions, historic preservation and restoration in the Medina of Fez) | Alex Toshkov(Columbia University, historian) | Marieke van den Heuvel (Butterfly Works, marketing and branding) | Faiza Zemmouri (Economic Redevelopment in Developing Countries, economist)