Building Sustainably, a workshop for the children of Dar Bellarj with Salima Naji
Architect and anthropologist Salima Naji will lead the children of Dar Bellarj through an education informed workshop on building with sustainable materials found in traditional forms of construction from Morocco. This is a closed community event aimed at the collectives of Dar Bellarj.
Bio: Salima Naji is an architect and anthropologist who works with traditional construction processes, adapting them for contemporary needs.Naji works with varied vernacular traditions of Morocco-clay, stone, wood, palm fronds and other fibers that can be repurposed in contemporary modes of construction that is sustainable, preserves local knowledge, and elevates the role of the traditional artisan. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and her degree in Architecture from l’École d’architecture de Paris-La-Villette. In the most recent cycle (2013) her project for the Preservation of Collective Oases and Sacred Sites in southern Morocco was shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and in 2011 she was part of the design team for the Teaching and Training Center in Chwiter, a Marrakech suburb, that won the Bronze Holcim Award for sustainable construction. Salima Naji has also authored several books on vernacular architecture and the rescue of built heritage in southern Morocco, from Ksar d’Assa. Suvegarde d’un port du Maroc saharien (2013), documenting efforts to preserve and restore the Qsar in southern Morocco. Other works include Art et architectures berbères (2001), and Greniers collectifs de l’Atlas (2006).